Bloodhound SSC show car was shown at British Council by Richard Everitt, Director Education, British Council India, Iain Gray, Chief Executive Officer of the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, and Bloodhound SSC Pilot, Wing Commander Andy D. Green. Bloodhound SSC aims to go at 1,000 mph (just over 1,600 kmph), that’s a mile in 3.6 seconds at full speed.
Supersonic Bloodhound combines the best of car and aircraft tech, and hopes to be an inspiration to the young to pursue higher education in STEM courses and later careers in related fields. The front half gets carbon fibre monocoque treatment like a racing car and the rear is set on a metallic framework and panels like an aircraft.
UK and India enjoy a wide ranging partnership on education with over 400 scholarships this year, and over 750 in the last two years. GREAT Britain Scholarships India 2015 is the largest ever scholarships programme offered to Indian students worth almost 1.5 million pounds (approx. 150 million rupees).
Rob Lynes, Director, British Council India takes delight in bringing Bloodhound SSC to India. Andy Green, RAF fighter pilot, World Land Speed Record holder and Bloodhound pilot says the project is a thrilling piece of British tech in an attempt to take the World Land Speed Record to over 1600 kph. Bloodhound SSC outer body is been made using the Tata Steel and is about 14m in length. Both front wheels are within the body, and rear wheels mounted externally within wheel fairings. Weighing in at over 7 tonnes, Bloodhound SSC engines produce more than 135,000 horsepower, i.e., 6 times the power of all Formula 1 cars on a starting grid put together.