Bloodhound Supersonic Car visits the e-Research Centre!

Bloodhound Supersonic Car visits the e-Research Centre!

Visitors to the e-Research Centre were able see the Bloodhound SuperSonic Car (SSC) at our ARC High Performance Computing Showcase and open afternoon.

The Bloodhound SCC is exactly what it says - a Supersonic Car. Supersonic because it is designed to go faster than the speed of sound and classed as a car because it has four wheels and is under full control of its driver.

This amazing vehicle is a jet and rocket powered car designed to go at 1,000 mph (just over 1,600 kph). It has a slender body of approximately 13.4m length with two front wheels within the body and two rear wheels mounted externally within wheel fairings. It weighs 7.5 tonnes and the engines produce more than 135,000 horsepower - more than 6 times the power of all the Formula 1 cars on a starting grid put together!

The Car is a mix of car and aircraft technology, with the front half being a carbon fibre monocoque like a racing car and the back half being a metallic framework and panels like an aircraft.

It was on display in Keble Road throughout the day, with the ARC open running at the same time.

The Bloodhound Supersonic Car in Keble Road

The event showcased work from a variety of research groups illustrating how HPC can be used to innovate and accelerate research. The day also presented opportunities for networking and meeting HPC vendors, and marked the official launch of the new ARC compute service.

 More information about the car can be found on the Bloodhound SSC website.