You and me baby ain't nuthin but Saffas
Let's do it like they do on the Discovery Channel
Brit sonic boom botherers Bloodhound are back and ready for a jaunt to South Africa (SA). The Bloodhound Land Speed Record (LSR) project – formerly Super Sonic Car (SSC) – has emerged fighting fit as Yorkshire-based businessman Ian Warhurst refuelled the project with some high-octane cash. Speaking to reporters yesterday, …
Well you could go asking a biofuel company for sponsorship. Pretty sure that would help, and look good for them too - 'look at how much bang for your buck you get, enough to get the land speed record*'
* though by this point its pretty much flying a gnats testicle above the ground as I would have thought that the boundary layer effect at super sonic speeds would introduce some interesting and extreme effects (large assumption and I'd be fascinated to hear from more knowledgeable people than myself)
Completely carbon neutral. They are using the tears of a unicorn to fuel it...
Go back and read the article. This is not just a folly. As mentioned, there's few, untested models of supersonic travel at ground level. This will provide tonnes of data for said models that can be used in the future for a whole range of objectives.
This is one car designed to run a limited number of times, as efficiently as possible, that will test materials and techniques to the limit (hopefully not beyond), providing a huge amount of information.
Millions of barely maintained cars, each covering much greater distance on a daily basis. That does provide information of course - a progressively more accurate account of how crap most drivers are.
Seconded. Not only that but previously I only wanted to know “How fast?” and never knew him to say much. Turns out he is articulate and smart and conveys complex notions easily. AND he turns out even to have been not merely a steady driver but a perhaps the mainstay of the entire project.
At the risk of lowering the tone of this whole item: Andy Green for Prime Minister!
As he probably really doesn't want to be the UK's PM, he sounds ideal for the job.
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"As the speed increases, the wheels will rise out of the mud and plane along the surface like a speedboat on water with just a few millimetres of metal connecting car with ground."
It seems we're reaching a point where it's no longer enough to just time the run, but need to check if the vehicle is actually on the ground for the whole thing.
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