This is our first look inside the cockpit of the Bloodhound SSC, the new supersonic rocket world lands speed record challenger.
The Bloodhound SSC’s cabin looks more like the cockpit of a fighter jet than a car. So Andy Green the driver/pilot of the Bloodhound SSC should feel right at home seeing as he’s a former RAF pilot.
Inside the Bloodhound SSC
The Bloodhound team unveiled the SSC’s cabin in Bristol on June 13th. The bespoke carbonfiber safety cell is pretty damn cool and it took the team more than 10,000 hours to design and build. It’s definitely the most important peice of equipment that will hopefully never see “real” use during Andy Green’s record attempt.
The Engine of the Bloodhound SSC
Providing ample power to the Bloodhound is a Rolls-Royce EJ200 Jet engine. The 135,000 horsepower motor should get the seven-and-a-half ton, four-wheeled ground jet to 1000mph.
After Andy Green hits 1000 mph an air brake, powerful brakes and a parachute will deploy to slow the Bloodhound SSC to a stop on the Hakskeen Pan in South Africa.
The air brake deploys at 800 mph, parachute at 600 mph and conventional disc brakes at ‘just’ 200mph. Do anything out of step and the thing will runaway.
Bloodhound SSC Acceleration
The Bloodhound SSC does not live in a world of 0-60 mph times, no. Rather, the Bloodhound SSC is capable of doing 0-1000mph in 55sec!