Advanced Composites Group joins BLOODHOUND SSC team

The BLOODHOUND SSC car. (Image courtesy of BLOODHOUND SSC and SEIMENS.)
The BLOODHOUND SSC car. (Image courtesy of BLOODHOUND SSC and SEIMENS.)

Using ACG’s prepreg materials, Advanced Composites Engineering (ACE), the Group’s engineering division, will manufacture the entire front section of the car, constructing the master models and tooling from which critical elements of the car’s bodywork and structural components (such as the monocoque and nose) will be produced.

ACE will also manufacture the air intake and rear wheel fairings, areas which are vital to the aerodynamic performance and stability of the car. "It was clear very early on that we could build a strong and creative partnership with the ACG team," says Mark Chapman, Chief Engineer for the BLOODHOUND project. "We valued their input from the start when they helped us optimise our designs to make best use of ACG’s composites capabilities. We’re looking forward to working with them closely in the coming months as we move beyond the design phase and actually build BLOODHOUND – the world’s ultimate racing car.”

The car is being developed to attempt to break the world land speed record of 763.035 mph (measured over a mile), set by Andy Green in ThrustSSC on 15 October 1997 in the Black Rock Desert, USA. Green will also be at the wheel of BLOODHOUND SSC in 2012 when the team starts its programme of high speed runs on the Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape, South Africa.

The BLOODHOUND SSC car is the focal point of an education programme which it is hoped will inspire a generation of young people to pursue careers in science, technology and engineering.

The BLOODHOUND SSC team is based in the UK and headed by Richard Noble.