Thursday 31st October 2019
Another hugely successful day of testing for the Bloodhound LSR team saw the speedometer swing to 380mph, plus the first deployment of the parachute which slows the car from high speeds.
During ‘Run Profile Four’ the Bloodhound car was started ‘dry’; without injecting the extra fuel for reheat. Once it hit 50mph World Land Speed Record holder Andy Green engaged full reheat (a.k.a afterburners) and piloted the car to 380mph (611kph). It took just 27 seconds, even though Andy lifted off the throttle when it hit 360mph.
At its maximum, the Bloodhound’s Rolls-Royce built EJ200 engine generated 90kN of thrust (c.54,000bhp).
Once the car hit the 2km mark Andy cut power completely and pulled Parachute One for the first time ever. The parachute was tugged from its canister by a drogue, a conical shaped device with open ends, which then deployed the full canopy, slowing the car until Andy used the front wheel brakes to bring car to a halt 3.8 miles from the start.
The recovery team - “Rescue 2” - arrived on site within one minute and released the parachute from the car. This is the process the team will use when making record breaking runs in 12 - 18 months’ time. It is crucial to ensure parachutes aren't dragged behind the car when it completes its transit down the length of the track, which is does before turning around ready for a return run within an hour.
An excited Andy Green said: "The video footage shows a clean release of the ‘chute behind the car, just one second after I pulled the release leaver. The engineering team and I are delighted all the hard work designing the deployment system paid off first time"
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