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The world’s first 1,000 mph car

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Case study

The Bloodhound Project

Supercomputing Wales is contributing to a British team’s dream of building the world’s first 1,000 mile per hour (mph) car.

The current land-speed record was set in 1997 when ThrustSSC became the first car to break the sound barrier, achieving a speed of 763 mph in the Arizona desert. The Bloodhound project – led by many of the key people involved in ThrustSSC including Richard Noble (Project Director) and Andy Green (Driver) – was launched in 2007 with the intention of building a rocket-powered car capable of attaining not just supersonic speeds but the next landmark speed: 1,000 mph.

Dr Ben Evans of Swansea University is Bloodhound SSC’s Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Engineer. He uses Supercomputing Wales technology to simulate the car’s behaviour at unprecedented high speeds.

According to Dr Evans: “Nobody has ever done anything like this before. To take a vehicle like this, on the ground, to 1,000 miles per hour, significantly faster than the speed of sound, is incredibly ground breaking – and incredibly ambitious. Which is why we need the most sophisticated technology at our disposal to make sure we can do this safely.”

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