World Landspeed Record Attempt - SA 2016 (Now 2017)

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World Landspeed Record Attempt - SA 2016 (Now 2017)

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Postby Bell 407 » Tue Feb 02, 2016 8:19 am

Hakskeen Pan flooding a blessing for Bloodhound land speed record attempt

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Upington – Hakskeen Pan in the Kalahari, the site where the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) will attempt the land speed record later this year, is flooded. And organisers couldn't be happier about it.

The Kalahari received some 51mm of rain recently and the pan is flooded to a depth of 25cm.

“Oh, it's great that it’s flooded,” said Dave Rowley, the Bloodhound’s education director in SA. “It means the work that’s been done on the pan is being repaired."

For years, hundreds of locals have been manually picking up stones on the pan. Some 350 men and women from the Mier municipality – which includes Mier, Klein Mier and Rietfontein – have picked up 16 000 tons of stone from the pan.

“When it dries out all the hard work local people of Mier municipality over the last two years, all that work will be repaired – where they've taken away the stones – and the pan will be even more flat than it was before,” Rowley said.

This is being done as the record attempt needs a smooth surface. Even a small piece of stone could prove fatal at the high speeds the Bloodhound is expected to reach.

Driver Andy Green will attempt to drive the Bloodhound at a speed of 1 000mph (1 600km/h) to better his current world land speed record of 763mph he set in 1997.

The pan floods yearly

Organisers were looking to more traditional tracks when the idea of a new record attempt was mooted almost 10 years ago. They found suitable locations at Verneuk Pan and Hakskeen Pan, both in the Northern Cape, after looking at satellite images on Google.

“We've looked at more than 20 000 different locations worldwide, and that’s why we decided on Hakskeen Pan – it is that Hakskeen Pan floods virtually every year.

“When the pan dries up, all the gaps left by the removal of the stones will be gone. Where we did the tests last year, all those will be gone,” Rowley said.

The Bloodhound SSC is being built in the United Kingdom and it is 95% complete. Once engineers give it the all-clear, it will be taken for a road test in that country. It will then be flown to Upington and taken for tests drives on the pan before final adjustments are made.

A date has yet to be set for the record attempt.

As for the 16 000 tons of stones collected from Hakskeen Pan, the Mier municipality is mulling over turning them into a monument once the record attempt is done and dusted.

This would be to honour the expanded public works programme workers who have made it all possible.

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Postby Bell 407 » Tue Feb 02, 2016 8:25 am

Should be great fun to see this happening this year. CD, Upington is closer to you than us in Gauteng, you going through at all?

Can't remember if I posted here or not, but here are a couple of video clips of the testing that was done in 2014.

https://youtu.be/apLXO7ehscE

https://youtu.be/jHS66-3Z5kk

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Postby C D Kruger » Tue Feb 02, 2016 8:43 am

B407 there is a very good possibility that I :burner: :burner: might be commissioned by the local newspaper (part of Independent news papers) to go it is all dependent on budget.

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Postby Bell 407 » Tue Feb 02, 2016 8:59 am

Excellent news that CD :biggrin:

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Postby Bell 407 » Mon Feb 08, 2016 2:12 pm

Damn, was really looking forward to this event this year. You would have thought with the exchange rate they would have had change to spare :faceplant:

Stalled land speed record bid needs R460m jumpstart

Hakskeenpan - The land speed record attempt by the Bloodhound Supersonic car at Hakskeenpan in the Northern Cape will now only take place in 2017, due to financial problems.

"The revised dates reflect the fact that, although interest in and support for the project have never been greater, a number of major funding deals are still in negotiation," said project director Richard Noble.

The team needs £20 million (about R460 million) to proceed with the attempt at Hakskeenpan in the Northern Cape's Kalahari. The land speed record attempt was supposed to be done this year.

"The most difficult part is behind us. We have designed and built the world's ultimate racing car and prepared the best land speed racing track in history. What we need now are the funds to run the car and money. [The rest] is just a function of perseverance and timing.

"Doing something truly unique, on a global scale, with such high technology, is never easy – ask Richard Branson or Elon Musk. But that makes the story we're sharing with millions of supporters all the more interesting," Noble said.

The Bloodhound will attempt a speed of 1 600km/h. The Bloodhound SSC project was started in 2008 during the last global depression.

"People had other things on their minds, as you can imagine," Dave Rowley, the Bloodhound's SA Education director said.

"So while we've had some sponsors, we need a lot more money," Rowley said.

Apart from the construction of the car and education and awareness, it'll be the final part of the land speed record attempt that will require lots of money. The team have already spent about £20m.

"The big expense is bringing a team of people from the UK - technicians and engineers who will support the car for three months at Hakskeenpan," Rowley said.

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Postby Bell 407 » Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:51 pm

World land speed record attempt in South Africa next year

The Bloodhound Supersonic Car will attempt to break the world land speed record in South Africa during October 2017.

The Bloodhound Supersonic Car will attempt to break the world land speed record in South Africa next year.

On 15 October 1997, Andy Green went supersonic in Thrust SSC and set a new world land speed record of 1,277.98 km/h. Twenty years on, that record remains.

In October 2017, the team behind the Bloodhound Supersonic Car aims to change that, and formally announced the start of preparations for its first record campaign.

The recent signing of major deals means The Bloodhound Project now has sufficient funding to complete the car for the run at the Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape.

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Postby Bell 407 » Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:52 pm

Bell 407 wrote:The recent signing of major deals means The Bloodhound Project now has sufficient funding to complete the car for the run at the Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape.

Good news indeed so hopefully Farmpilot and Co will be on site to do the filming :clap: :clap:

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Postby 87Juliet » Wed Jul 06, 2016 1:49 pm

Bell 407 wrote:
Bell 407 wrote:The recent signing of major deals means The Bloodhound Project now has sufficient funding to complete the car for the run at the Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape.

Good news indeed so hopefully Farmpilot and Co will be on site to do the filming :clap: :clap:


Farmpilot is actually the SA project manager for the Bloodhound SSC project! So he certainly will be there.


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