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Bloodhound SSC

The Bloodhound SSC is a supersonic car that will be attempting to break the World Land Speed record in October next year. It will be driven by the present record holder Andy Green in Hakskeen Pan, South Africa. With over 110 man years invested into this design, it is a mix of car and aircraft technology powered by both a jet engine and a rocket. It is approximately 13.4m long and weighs 7.5 tonnes. Designed to cover a mile in 3.6 seconds, it will travel faster than a bullet.

As well as our school, there were quite a few other schools that joined us for the event! After an introduction assembly to the Bloodhound project, we were divided into three groups and began one of the three rotational workshops. The first workshop we took part in was a tour of the Bloodhound car, which included the many adaptations of the car and how they team together to enable the car to reach 1000mph! For the second activity, we had a dynacar connected to our computers. Via a clever piece of software, we were able to analyse the direction, speed and distance of the dynacar as we moved it. We were then informed this is the system being used to analyse the Bloodhound car during its run as well as being used in the cockpits in motorsport such as Formula 1. The final workshop was to build a model car that would move by itself after being launched. The car that travelled the furthest in the quickest time would be crowned the winner. The challenge was only having one material to build this with – K’nex! We also had to connect a tube, which would act as our engine after being filled with air pressure, to the car with no other materials. The day was wrapped up with a final assembly.

Throughout the day’s activities, we learnt about the car itself, physics and teamwork. We learnt what impacts on a car’s performance in terms of aerodynamics and all the planning that went into the design of the car. Did you know that small amount of air resistance is needed on the nose of the car to keep it balanced? The team who ran the activities were great at explaining every aspect of ‘Bloodhound SSC’ and what will allow it to run at such a high speed. They also included what we knew already about physics and mathematics and applied it to a real life situation, for example in the dyanacar’s activity we learnt how to interpret information from Formula 1 cars and their engineers. The final thing that we took from our wonderful day was something very special! We won the K’nex car competition and will have our team name ‘Gosford Goose’ put onto the tail of the actual car that will break the land speed record! We are very grateful to everyone who helped run the trip because they organised such a brilliant day. Thank you to Mrs Hounsell and the team at Bloodhound SSC.

Binderiya Batsaikhan, Imogen Hunt and Jemma Davies – Year 9 Students

A group of Year 12 students also attended this activity on another day, taking part in similar activities



Posted: 2015-11-13 14:35:54
Last Edited: 2015-11-13 14:38:13