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« Reply #30 on: December 12, 2018, 04:36:04 PM »

Interesting to read how Bloodhound SSC has been seen from across the pond. May I remind readers that setting a new land speed record was never top of the list of goals for that project - enthusing new engineers was the top aim.

Malcolm, having followed the project since its inception, having been very peripherally associated with it at one time through my former employer, and before that having followed the Thrust SSC program extremely closely, all from across the pond, I have to ask whether this was the case at the beginning?

I ask after once having read and again found https://government.diginomica.com/2017/07/26/bloodhound-oracle-chase-1000-mph-land-record-hope-inspire-generation-stem-students/, which suggests a somewhat different history:

Noble:  Anyhow, so that was that. And the next thing that happened was we found multiple challengers going after our record. So Andy Green, who drove for us, I met in a pub in Whitehall and we said, “What are we going to do?” So we decided what we would do is we would challenge. This would be the last car. This is the last time we’re going to do this. We would challenge. And we estimated the competition might get to 800, so therefore, we’ve got to go faster.

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Noble said that during his (2008) meeting with the Minister, Drayson said:

What I want you to do is to take your project and run it through every single school in the country and get us a new generation of scientist and engineers.

Now one could fairly state that education was an important goal of the project from very early on, but if one believes what's written on the web (at one's peril) it seems like simply going faster than the rest was what motivated Noble initally, and the meeting with Lord Drayson, held to seek MoD support for the program, was the genesis of the STEM educational goal.

Whatever the history, they've met the goal admirably IMO, and it is a shame the program appears to be ending.



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« Reply #31 on: December 12, 2018, 04:51:47 PM »

copied from the Bloodhound SSC website:

BLOODHOUND SSC is a unique, high-technology project to design and build a car that will break the 1,000mph barrier and set a new world land speed record. Designed and constructed in the UK, BLOODHOUND SSC includes components and sponsorship from international companies and will make its record attempt in South Africa.

We are sharing this international engineering adventure with a global audience. Why? Because we love science, technology, engineering and mathematics , and BLOODHOUND SSC shows how amazing – and fun – they can be!
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« Reply #32 on: December 12, 2018, 08:39:00 PM »

Yea... the love of science, technology, engineering and mathematics..... I guess those folks that love that stuff need to get paid... and those of us in the real world know that science, technology, engineering and mathematics costs money... lots of money
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« Reply #33 on: December 13, 2018, 04:13:55 PM »

The worst part about this whole thing,  is that for years the project has talked as if they had already done it.  I always shake my head when people are patting themselves on the back too hard before actually accomplishing anything.  The target 550 comes to mind... beautiful car though.  I'd rather be ugly and fast. 
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« Reply #34 on: December 14, 2018, 12:43:24 AM »

The worst part about this whole thing,  is that for years the project has talked as if they had already done it.  I always shake my head when people are patting themselves on the back too hard before actually accomplishing anything.  The target 550 comes to mind... beautiful car though.  I'd rather be ugly and fast. 

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« Reply #35 on: December 14, 2018, 09:27:11 AM »


All in all, all  of the vehicles in this discussion were built and may have great potential. It takes great commitment to build something on the scale of the Bloodhound, Target 550 and others. I respect that some will end up in the museum of unrealized potential. As a matter of fact my car fits in that category right now. But I really respect the fact that these people tried or are trying. 

In closing, I hope these teams keep working and building unique vehicles that they think will work.



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« Reply #36 on: December 14, 2018, 04:01:08 PM »

The timing of the factors which brought to the public the Bloodhound SSC Project and decisions that were made are now difficult to ascertain (unless someone has kept all that has been written in a chronological archive).

In the book published with the help of the team in October 2012 it was clearly stated what the Bloodhound SSC Programme four prime objectives were - 1, Inspire a new generation of engineers. 2, Provide an iconic research and development programme with student access. 3, Exceed 1000mph (1609km/h) on land. 4, Generate substantial publicity and brand awareness for the sponsors.

A telling quote from the same book was "This new Project is unique in many ways, not least of which because it is a Land Speed Record attempt that is not really about speed at all …"

It was and perhaps still is an 'Engineering Adventure'
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« Reply #37 on: December 14, 2018, 06:11:25 PM »

You should get on "Live at the Apollo".

I'm a nice guy but you need a good hiding. grin wink

NEWS FLASH. DEFUNCT BLOODHOUND POROJECT now owns South Africa!!!!!

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« Reply #38 on: December 16, 2018, 11:17:01 AM »

The true measure of good engineering is to achieve the desired results with a minimal number of complex and interdependent subsystems.
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« Reply #39 on: December 17, 2018, 05:15:03 AM »

The Business news this morning in the UK is that FRP Advisory have secured a new owner for the Bloodhound Programme. The buyer will make an announcement in the new year. The named buyer is Ian Warhurst who used to own a turbocharger manufacturing company.
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« Reply #40 on: December 17, 2018, 07:16:55 AM »

The Business news this morning in the UK is that FRP Advisory have secured a new owner for the Bloodhound Programme. The buyer will make an announcement in the new year. The named buyer is Ian Warhurst who used to own a turbocharger manufacturing company.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-46591860
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« Reply #41 on: December 17, 2018, 10:26:10 AM »

Hooray!  I wonder if the core team will remain in place.
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