Coupe Jaguar F-type Bloodhound will draw attention to world record

Coupe Jaguar F-type Bloodhound will draw attention to world record

Leonid Popov, 8 hours ago. Photo and illustration: Jaguar, Flock and Siemens, Stefan Marjoram

Unusual EF-type» is different from the serial execution — in particular, the livery in the colors of the Bloodhound SSC project.

To <url> Jaguar will show coupe with a very long full name F-type R AWD Bloodhound SSC Rapid Response Vehicle on show in Coventry MotoFest may 30. This car is a mobile advertising British project Bloodhound SSC — finding the absolute speed record on land. Firm Jaguar involved in it, providing its engineering capability, auxiliary equipment and… the engine. However, not one that will accelerate unique car. However, everything in order.

Almost 13-foot «cigar» Bloodhound SSC (in the background — full-sized layout, the car itself still being completed) driven by the turbojet engine Lighter from the EJ200 Eurofighter Typhoon, developing a thrust of 90 kN. The wheelbase nearly nine meters, the front track is about a meter, and the rear — more than two.

In parallel with the jet engine (it occupies the upper part of the body) will work a hybrid rocket engine company Nammo (solid fuel plus liquid oxidant), with a thrust of 120 kN (it is located behind and below). A total of 21 ton-force thrust. She will need to develop scheduled 1690 km/h!

The project was headed by Richard noble, holder of several speed records on land and co-author of several unique machines. Including he is one of the creators previous monster Thrust SSC. Under his management for several years in Britain was developing and building a supersonic car Bloodhound SSC, equipped with three engines. But so far we have mentioned only two. The third is the engine spinning the fuel pump for the rocket engine. The motor is needed rather big, because the oxidizer is fed into the combustion chamber in tens of litres per second.

Housing technical wonder, built by Formula 1 technology of carbon fiber, however the bottom is assembled from titanium and steel plates, they have to withstand supersonic «sandblasted» with a maximum speed of the car.

Originally it was planned to put an engine Cosworth V8 2.4 with a peak efficiency of more than 700 HP at 18 000 rpm, but after joining the Jaguars to draft the plan has changed: the pump of a rocket engine will respond to the Jaguar motor, the same 550-HP compressor V8 5.0, which stands for «f-type». This unit will take place almost in the heart of the body.

The driver’s seat. The steering wheel is made of titanium by the method of 3D printing. The buttons on the steering wheel control the startup and speed of the internal combustion engine, connecting rocket pump, Radiocomunicatii pilot and commands, disclosing two aerodynamic brakes and two separate parachute systems. The left pedal and wheel brakes (you can apply below 400 km/h), right — thrust jet engine. The levers on the left — mechanical emergency release system of parachutes, right — emergency locking fuel supply to the engine Lighter.

The Central part of the body (as you can tell, and fuselage) hides the frame from titanium and aluminum, is very similar to the «skeleton» of a fighter. Suspension — double wishbone front and rear. Wheels — 90-centimeter (one metal, no tires), forged, aluminum alloy, weighing about 100 kg each. They are designed to rotate with a frequency above 10 000 rpm at which the overload on the rim 50,000 g. Another amusing fact: windshield thickness of 25 mm shall be capable of withstanding a collision with 800-gram bird at the speed of 1600 km/h.

News Bloodhound SSC will be a Royal air force pilot Andy green, current holder of the speed record on earth (first supersonic car in the world is the Thrust SSC, 1228 km/h, 1997).

The car has received the name «Bloodhound» is not from the name of the breed of dog — in honor of Sam missiles Bristol Bloodhound 2, standing on the arms of great Britain in the years 1960 to 1991. She could reach the speed of sound for 2.5 seconds after starting. As for Bloodhound SSC, according to the calculations this car will need a little more than 40 seconds to accelerate from zero to maximum speed. The acceleration in this case is 2.5 g. But after the release of the parachute, creating a braking force in at nine tons, the slowdown will be even more impressive — up to 3 g.

Build in 90 seconds… the authors of the project recently released a video of assembling a record of the device. She entrusted the United team of technicians, electricians and engineers of the RAF and the army.

Jaguar last fall participated in the test of the communication system of the machine and command center. It would seem that what may be difficult? The fact that this system is based on 4G LTE technology, only adapted.

In the development and creation of the Bloodhound was attended by several dozen companies. Some supplied the electronics, other electronics, and others were responsible for light alloys, fourth — modeling, fifth — for the software, and so on.

Created specially for the project transmitters and receivers will need to transfer the signals from 300 sensors in the car (it is twice more than in the Formula 1 race car) and the negotiation of pilot and team, plus streaming high-definition video (720p) with onboard camera. And all this while moving transmitters above the speed of sound. But while the machine was not ready, had to use an unusual combination of vehicles. Part of electronic equipment was installed in the Jaguar XF, another part on EF-Taipa», and more — on a jet plane L39.

In this test, the aircraft flew at speeds of 926 km/h at a height of six meters above the ground almost exactly a couple of Jaguars moving in the opposite direction. The total speed of 1046 km/h allowed us to test the electronics and antennas, no interference of different types of transmitters and so on.

Now the project has come to a critical stage in the near future, the machine must be fully completed and displayed on the first test. First, it will test at modest speeds up to 320 km/h When will the first attempt to break the record is not precisely defined. But it is known that the arrival of this will take place already this year, likely in September. Place — the Kalahari desert. If during the assault of the coveted index of more than 1600 km/h to achieve will not work (design maximum speed, recall, is 1690 km/h) in 2016 will be made a second attempt.

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