December 2016 – Newsletter

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BLOODHOUND SSC – a supersonic racing car designed to reach speeds of 1,000mph (1,600km/h).

Welcome to BLOODHOUND’s monthly newsletter, with the latest news about the Project.

In the last month we’ve made great progress on the Car and continued to take the BLOODHOUND story out to schools and colleges – and to India. And this year, for the first time, we count down to Christmas with a BLOODHOUND Advent Calendar, where you can win some very exciting prizes! You can read about all of this and more in this month’s newsletter, but first we would like to wish everyone a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS from all of the BLOODHOUND Team!

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Celebrate Christmas BLOODHOUND style

It’s the last Christmas before BLOODHOUND heads off to the desert to break the World Land Speed Record! So we’re celebrating with our own Advent Calendar – but we’re inviting you to open the virtual doors and have the chance to win some fabulous BLOODHOUND prizes. Simply follow us on Twitter or Facebook and share each day’s post to give yourself a chance to win. Find out more about how you can take part.

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Latest Car news

The main focus over the last month has been preparing the lower chassis and systems for a jet fuel test later in December:

  • The lower chassis was prepared by installing a steel framework at both ends, and then the main and auxiliary fuel tanks were installed.
  • Custom electrical boxes were fabricated to hold electronics needed for the test.
  • Pumps and connecting pipework were also installed, with assembly carried out by Advanced Fuel Systems.

Separately, the Team has continued to work on the upper chassis, adding the fin shear plate doubler to increase the strength of the surrounding chassis and working on the AMAD exhaust hatch (the AMAD starts the jet engine and then generates AC, DC and hydraulic power for the Car).

For more frequent updates on the Car’s progress, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Build a Rocket Car for Christmas!

Do something different with the family this Christmas – take time out from the rush to enjoy a Rocket Car Experience at the BLOODHOUND Technical Centre in Avonmouth, near Bristol. Enjoy interactive presentations, build your own rocket car, see the parts that will form the real BLOODHOUND Car and go home with your own goodie bag. There are two 3-hour workshops each day on 21 and 29 December. Numbers are limited, however, so book now!

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Ambassadors vs students – who gets more excited?

Following her recent visit to Finborough School, one of our Ambassadors admitted that she gets as excited as the students when she takes the BLOODHOUND Project into schools! Don’t take our word for it – read Sophie Lovejoy’s account of her experience and then find out what a BLOODHOUND visit meant to the teachers and students.

If your school or club would like to book a visit from a BLOODHOUND Ambassador, please contact our Education team.

And if Sophie’s story inspires you to find out about becoming a BLOODHOUND Ambassador, read more here.

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BLOODHOUND SSCMeet the team behind our race track

The local team at Hakskeen Pan have achieved the amazing feat of clearing the rocks from an area of 22 million square metres in order to create the world’s fastest race track. That’s equivalent to clearing a two-lane highway all the way from the BLOODHOUND Technical Centre in Bristol to Moscow in Russia. This BLOODHOUND TV episode tells their story – including how the FIA (land speed racing’s governing body) recognised their work in a special ceremony to mark one year to go before BLOODHOUND’s World Land Speed Record runs in 2017.

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Andy Green takes BLOODHOUND to India

BLOODHOUND was put firmly on the map in India recently when driver Andy Green accompanied UK Prime Minister Teresa May on part of her recent visit to India for the India-UK TECH Summit 2016. They opened the event together in New Delhi, Andy then gave the keynote address for the first working session, and BLOODHOUND was cited as a great example of international collaboration in Prime Minister May’s speech at the High Commission. Teresa May then shared part of a BLOODHOUND ‘lesson’ at a local school that was being given by Andy.

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There are some great BLOODHOUND Project presents you can buy for family and friends (or yourself!) for Christmas. In our Shop you will find everything from BLOODHOUND caps and tops, to bags, toys, mugs and cars.

And for something a bit different, you can add a name to the Car’s fin or add their selfie to the Car’s bodywork and let someone see themselves go faster than the speed of sound in 2017!

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