Rolls-Royce, the "power solutions" company that makes jet engines and much more (not the luxury motorcar company) has signed on to support the Bloodhound SSC Land Speed Record attempt project. This isn't just a financial tie-up and exchange of engines and tech, though, Rolls-Royce is just as interested as the Bloodhound gang in promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics to children in the UK and around the world.

It will be providing its EJ200 jet engine that powers the Eurofighter Typhoon combat jet with 20,000 pounds of thrust. In the Bloodhound, the engine will be the first stage in the hybrid rocket system that they hope will get the SSC to 1,000 miles per hour. Coincidentally, although Rolls-Royce hasn't been officially involved with Bloodhound before, its engines have been used to break records in the Bloodhound predecessors Thrust 2 and Thrust SSC.

There's a press release below with more details and a video that animates how the hybrid rocket inside the blue streak works.



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Rolls-Royce backs BLOODHOUND

· Rolls-Royce jet engine powering BLOODHOUND SSC
· First land speed record sponsored by Rolls-Royce
· Rolls-Royce ambassadors helping to inspire future generation of engineers


Rolls-Royce PLC today announced support for The BLOODHOUND Project, an international education initiative focused on a 1,000 mph World Land Speed Record attempt. A Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet engine will be used in conjunction with a custom designed hybrid rocket to propel the car to over 1,000 mph (1,600 kmh or Mach 1.4). Rolls-Royce will also provide financial and technical support for the project.
Announcing the partnership at an event for staff and BLOODHOUND team members at their Filton site, Bristol, Rolls-Royce Director of Engineering and Technology, Colin Smith, called for the UK to do more to inspire young people about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Colin Smith CBE, Director of Engineering and Technology at Rolls-Royce, said: "Cutting edge engineering keeps Rolls-Royce, and the UK, at the forefront of global business. We understand the fundamental importance of inspiring young people about STEM and know that more needs to be done. Sponsoring BLOODHOUND gives us an opportunity to showcase world-class British engineering and invest in our future."

Richard Noble OBE, BLOODHOUND Project Director said: "Rolls-Royce's support of the Programme is invaluable, their highly motivated ambassadors will help us reach many more schools and youth groups across the country. Their experience of working within a first class aerospace company makes them perfect role models for aspiring engineers".
The Group's iconic logo will now be displayed on the engine cowlings of BLOODHOUND's Rolls-Royce built EJ200 jet engine; which, in its normal role, generates 20,000lb 90 kN thrust to power the twin-engined Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft.
Rolls-Royce has a long and distinguished association with speed record breaking on land, sea and in the air. In the 1930's its 'Type R' engine powered Sir Malcolm Campbell's Bluebird cars and boats, Capt. George Eyston's Thunderbolt car, Sir Henry Segrave's Miss England II boat and the Supermarine S6B sea plane of Flt Lt John Boothman, outright winner of the Schnieder Trophy in 1931. Experience gained on the 'R' in the use of improved materials, supercharger technology and enhanced fuels was later used to great effect in the Merlin which saw action in the Spitfire, Hurricane, Lancaster and Mustang aircraft of World War Two.

More recently, in 1983, Richard Noble, now BLOODHOUND's Project Director, used a Rolls-Royce Avon 302 1983 in Thrust 2 to set a record of 633.047 mph (1,019.47 km h) while two Spey 202 turbofan engines, as used in a McDonald Douglas F4 Phantom, enabled Wing Commander Andy Green to become the first, and so far only, person to break the sound barrier on land in Thrust SSC, which set the current record of 763.035 mph (1,227.986 km h) in 1997. The company did not officially sanction or endorse any of these activities, however.

In 2008 Rolls-Royce became an early adopter of the project, formally deciding to provide the programme with essential engine support which in turn enabled the Ministry of Defence to loan three redundant early development EJ200 jet engines once the Eurofighter Typhoon flight development programme had been completed. The power systems company leant its expertise to the complex aerodynamics programme, the installation of the EJ200 and the optimisation of its air intake; a major challenge in its own right given the cars unique performance and its vast speed range.

Just as significant is the company's support for BLOODHOUND's global education programme, which aims to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians in the 219 countries and territories where the Project is followed.

56 trained Rolls-Royce BLOODHOUND ambassadors will assist school teachers all over the country deliver exciting BLOODHOUND themed lessons. The ambassadors will play a key role in helping young people to make positive career choices by giving real life context to their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Currently 5,442 UK primary and secondary schools have signed up to join the BLOODHOUND Education Programme, equating to roughly 2.5 million pupils.


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      protovici
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pure human innovation with a hint of science at work equals awesome.
      k_m94
      • 1 Year Ago
      This thing is so many levels of awesome. Rolls Royce fighter jet engine, Cosworth V8 acting as a *fuel pump* for a freaking rocket engine (!!!), and quite possibly the first car to even attempt the LSR run in well over a decade. I just hope it can both reach 1000 mph and stay on the ground in one piece.
      collabplan
      • 1 Year Ago
      It would take incomprehensibly huge balls to drive that thing. Seriously.
        MVM
        • 1 Year Ago
        @collabplan
        Yes it would. That's why they design a special seat to allow the pilot to sit with his legs spread apart.
      fishnutts11
      • 1 Year Ago
      The jet my dad flies has engines made by ROLLS ROYCE. It's a beautiful plane. Cruises nicely. Can't wait to see what bonker speed the can achieve. :)
      BryNum
      • 1 Year Ago
      One word "STUPID". This is as lame as the drifting record. Who cares? Stupid dream. Why don't they spend this kind of money and effort for a greater cause? Ego and Pride, that's all what this is about.
        BryNum
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BryNum
        Wait, wait, news just in, "Land Speed Record Technology used for the 2015 Toyota Prius". Get real folks, land speed records are for headlines and won't contribute anything good for the future. Let's ask the current land speed record guy, have your dreams been fulfilled? "Ahhhhhh yes, but I need beat the guy who just beat my record". Useless!
          BipDBo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BryNum
          I don't know why that response landed where it was suppose to and here with one click of the "Submit" button. Perhaps AB somehow gets more Ad dollars for every comment, and oops! their comment systems does this crap. Now they've made 1 comment into 3.
          zakelwe
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BryNum
          Hi BryNum I would agree with you for past attempts. But if you take the time to read this http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/education you can see how it is being used to inspire British children into engineering. The US space program was a light for children to be awed and follow suit. The UK does not have that, but this is the same thing, to give a goal and use engineering to overcome it. Oscar Wilde once wrote that a cynic was a person who knew the cost of everything but the value of nothing. Your ignorance is putting you in that category. Feel free to sit in your narrow minded viewpoint thinking you are right though. Have a very good evening.
        BipDBo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BryNum
        This is a car blog reporting on hopefully the future world's fastest car. If you cannot appreciate that, then, Go Away.
          BryNum
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BipDBo
          I'm entitled to my opinions you moron. I do live in the US where free speech is protected, for the most part. This is a Blog and I'm blogging so what's your problem?
        k_m94
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BryNum
        You are a ****. It's called human accomplishment, doing simply because you want to strive for the seemingly impossible. With your attitude, nobody would have ever bothered sending people to space, because it's a lot of money and effort that could have gone to a "greater" cause.
          BryNum
          • 1 Year Ago
          @k_m94
          The fact that you compare Guinness records vs. going to the moon, you're a moron. Space travel is necessary, land speed record is not. Shut your trap and contribute to mankind.
        protovici
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BryNum
        I guess the "car" was "STUPID" and all the rest of the lame records/tools/equipment. Accomplishing these achievements is not just about records, but the technoology developments, science, developing a better understanding of physics to help promote future products that can be made for enjoyment, peace, or whatever our minds for good come up with. Silly blogger.. Blogs are for normal people.
          BryNum
          • 1 Year Ago
          @protovici
          It's all about records moron. If you think they will use this technology you're just as bad as the developers. Why don't they develop this with an unmanned driver? Because there needs to be a MAN with the Record. It's all for show and ego. Anything for this land speed record is lame. USELESS!
        SpacemanSpiff
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BryNum
        Oh, please enlighten us on what you are doing with your life to "contribute to mankind". I mean, when you're not sitting in your mom's basement telling everyone how stupid they are. So what is it? Are you developing a cure for cancer? Discovery and harnessing of dark energy? A way to keep douchebags off the internet... Oh wait.
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Un-teh un-teh un-teh baby.
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