1000mph Bloodhound SSC to star at AXA RIAC Classic Car Show in Dublin!
February 12, 2014 by Leo Nulty
The organisers of the RIAC National Classic Car Show, supported by AXA Insurance, announced today that the Irish public will, for the first time ever, get to see the amazing Bloodhound SSC before it begins its attempt to become the World’s fastest car.
Bloodhound supersonic car is a unique rocket and jet powered vehicle designed to achieve 1,050mph. To put that in perspective, this ultimate racing car will be capable of travelling 1.6 km (1 mile) in just 3.6 seconds (or four-and-a half Gaelic football pitches in 1 second). That is significantly faster than a bullet from a .357 Magnum.
Show Director Bob Montgomery stated “Bloodhound SSC is an amazing vehicle and we are literally seeing history in the making. When you think that this vehicle is going to reach speeds of up to 1,050 miles per hour it really sparks the imagination. Compare this to some of the cars we have at the show that would only reach 5mph in their heyday, it is a real statement of how far the automotive industry has come in such a short time. This car will no doubt inspire visitors when they see the scale of this engineering masterpiece in the flesh’’.
The car itself weighs in at just over 7 tonnes and is nearly 14 m long. Its jet and rocket-powered engines produce more than 135,000 horsepower (more than 100,000 kW) pushing this vehicle to an incredible 1,050 mph (1,690 kph, Mach 1.4). That is more or less the same horsepower as 160 Formula 1 cars! At its top speed it will be generating an incredible air pressure of 11 tonnes per square metre on the vehicle. Compare that to the 1960′s Peel car that will also feature at the RIAC National Classic Car Show you get a true understanding of the scale of the project. The Peel comes in at minuscule 54in (1,372mm) long and 41in (1,041mm) wide and has an un-laden weight of 59 kilograms. It once held the record as the smallest car ever to go into production.
The organisers also noted that there will be a Bloodhound SSC simulator at the show where visitors will get a taste of what it is like to drive at speeds never before achieved on land. Team members will be on hand to discuss the project with visitors and guide them through what is involved with a world record attempt of this scale.
Richard Noble, project director and former land speed world record holder, who will join his team at the Classic Car Show on Sunday 2nd March, stated: “Breaking the land speed record is not the main goal of the Bloodhound project. We like to think that everything that we do is really to inspire young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Driving at such speeds has the potential to be a high-risk undertaking, requiring unprecedented levels of design expertise and engineering precision to keep the driver safe. We are thrilled to be invited to Ireland to share our experiences to date and hopefully bring some of the visitors to the show along with us on our journey into the unknown”
The car for the record attempt, currently being built in a special Technical Centre near Bristol in the UK, will head to South Africa early in 2014 for test runs (which will also break the sound barrier), before returning about a year later for the attempt to break the world land speed record. Bloodhound SSC, will attempt to increase the current land speed record, already held by Richard Noble’s team with Thrust II at 798mph in 1997, to just over 1,600 km/h (1,050 mph) at Hakskeenpan in the Northern Cape Province towards the end of 2014 or early in 2015.
For spectacular displays of truly amazing classic cars, feature stands, autojumble, a dedicated Irish motorsport section, a restoration feature and entertainment for all the family, visit The RIAC National Classic Car Show, 1st and 2nd March 2014, RDS Dublin. Motorsport.ie’s Leo Nulty will be holding centre stage all weekend, interviewing many motoring personalities and car enthusiasts on the stage on both days!