Cosworth F1 engine to power Bloodhound SSC

Cosworth team up with Bloodhound SSC to provide pumping power and electronics to the supersonic record car You’d wonder what on earth use a formula 1 engine would be in a jet propelled car? Cosworth’s 750 bhp engine can power a lightweight F1 car to 200mph, but 1000mph? OK, well the answer is that Bloodhound […]

Cosworth F1 engine for Bloodhound SSC

Cosworth team up with Bloodhound SSC to provide pumping power and electronics to the supersonic record car

You’d wonder what on earth use a formula 1 engine would be in a jet propelled car? Cosworth’s 750 bhp engine can power a lightweight F1 car to 200mph, but 1000mph? OK, well the answer is that Bloodhound needs hydraulic power and a massive amount of fuel pumped into its rocket motors and that pump needs to handle a whopping 40 seconds of 3-4g acceleration. That’s what F1 cars experience regularly, but for only a few seconds….Cosworth are confident it can handle it and will supply data electronics to match. Here’s the official line:
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Is it a bird, is it a plane? no; it’s a…steam car

British Team Breaks Oldest Land Speed Record This has to be the most bonkers record attempt in history? I mean, when even a boggo uber-repmobile has a 155 mph speed limiter built in, why would you be jubilant over reaching the not-breathtaking speed of 139.843 mph? That’s what the British steam car team just achieved, […]

British Team Breaks Oldest Land Speed Record

This has to be the most bonkers record attempt in history? I mean, when even a boggo uber-repmobile has a 155 mph speed limiter built in, why would you be jubilant over reaching the not-breathtaking speed of 139.843 mph? That’s what the British steam car team just achieved, not on the Kingston bypass, but all the way over in sunny califor-n-i-a. The fact that they just broke a record that stood for over 100 years might tell you something…Hats off to true British adventurers!

2009 Record holding British Steam Car

2009 Record holding British Steam Car

Clearly 139 mph in a steam powered car must be a real achievement as it took a whole 25ft of carbon fibre/aluminium/steel plus 12, yes 12 boilers to do it! Read on for the whole story and photos.

Update
Yesterday at 8.22am (California time) Don Wales successfully set another land speed record for a steam powered car. The car set the record for a measured kilometre – achieving an average speed of 148.308mph on two runs.

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