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Boost for Bloodhound

posted 18 Jan 2010, 02:41 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 14 Aug 2014, 07:23 ]
High-tech precision work by Rotherham engineers is playing an important part in Britain’s attempt to set a supersonic 1,000mph world land speed record.

Newburgh Engineering’s skills will help create parts for the Bloodhound SSC supercar, which will be powered by an EJ200 RAF Typhoon Eurofighter engine and a hybrid rocket.
Newburgh itself works with several schools and colleges in South Yorkshire and will be using its involvement in the world land speed record to inspire students to take up a career in engineering.
The team hopes the project will inspire future generations to work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Bloodhound aims to smash the current 763mph record, set in 1997 by Britain’s Andy Green, who will also drive the new car.
At 1,050mph – faster than a jet-fighter – the car will break the sound barrier just as Concorde used to do.
The Bloodhound design and production team visited Newburgh, based at Templeborough’s Centurion Business Park, to check its facilities, specialist skills and equipment.
A CGI impression of what Bloodhound will look like.

Newburgh was later invited to become a product sponsor, providing precision components and assemblies for the internal assemblies and chassis elements of the supercar.

Newburgh’s operations director, Dave Greenan, said: "At the speeds being attempted by the car, high-quality precision components are essential and our engineers are looking forward to demonstrating their skills."
The world record attempt will take place in 2011 at Hakskeen Pan in the Northern Cape region of South Africa, the site of Malcolm Campbell's 1929 record attempt.

Rotherham News January Edition. (2010). Boost for Bloodhound