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Offline grumps

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I met a Bloodhound last night.
« on: January 24, 2018, 11:43:53 AM »
The ultimate petrol-head experience. Bloodhound SSC

Stats I can remember right now.

All-up weight - 7.75 tonnes. 44 ft long
20 miles to ......run up to 1000 miles an hour (55 secs), do the one mile timed section and then run down to a stop after another 55 secs.
133,000 BHP
Three engines. A Eurofighter jet, a rocket and a 550 BHP Jaguar engine as the FUEL PUMP to fuel the rocket
Each run uses £20,000 worth of fuel. £40,000 per attempt
One hour to turn it around for the return run including a refuel and change the rocket
The 1 metre daimeter wheels cost £250,000 each. There are four of them.

It's in Bristol and you can get a group of about 50 people you can visit it, walk around it, take photos, walk around the workshop and ask any questions you like.
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Re: I met a Bloodhound last night.
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2018, 08:40:35 PM »
But can you wheelie it?

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Re: I met a Bloodhound last night.
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2018, 09:57:46 PM »
*Originally Posted by Prodded Dog [+]
But can you wheelie it?

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Re: I met a Bloodhound last night.
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2018, 11:59:19 PM »
*Originally Posted by Prodded Dog [+]
But can you wheelie it?

Serious answer - almost certainly not. Thrust SST had a small vertically firing rocket in the nose to bring the nose back on the ground if it lifted. I can't imagine them building its successor without one.Think of it as traction control for Real Men.

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Re: I met a Bloodhound last night.
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2018, 10:22:36 AM »
*Originally Posted by unsubtle [+]
Serious answer - almost certainly not. Thrust SST had a small vertically firing rocket in the nose to bring the nose back on the ground if it lifted. I can't imagine them building its successor without one.Think of it as traction control for Real Men.

I don't remember them mentioning a rocket to control pitch but they do have some front fins that adjust. IIRC they have decided against computer-controlled stabilisation in favour of pilot operated controls.

As for the wheelie. That was asked and if turned up vertically it would reach some ridiculous height.

Whatever - you woudn't get me in it - I'm busy that weekend :002:
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Re: I met a Bloodhound last night.
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2018, 06:14:51 PM »
The rocket wasn't to control pitch, just an emergency measure to force the nose back down hard if it lifted off the ground.

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Re: I met a Bloodhound last night.
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2018, 08:52:11 AM »
Ah. OK. It may have one too.
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