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Old 7th December 2018, 04:11 AM   #1
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Supersonic Bloodhound car project axed

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-46480342

Bit of a shame; I was looking forward to some ultra high speed crazy car action.

Surely an eccentric billionaire could cough up a measly 25 million?
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Old 7th December 2018, 10:42 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by Mr Clingford View Post
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-46480342

Bit of a shame; I was looking forward to some ultra high speed crazy car action.

Surely an eccentric billionaire could cough up a measly 25 million?
No doubt the fuel mileage sucked anyway, and what good is the ability to break the sound barrier when you're stuck in traffic all the time?
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Old 7th December 2018, 10:46 AM   #3
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No doubt the fuel mileage sucked anyway, and what good is the ability to break the sound barrier when you're stuck in traffic all the time?
Indeed. And rear wheel steering is only for fork lifts.
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I suppose the more important metric is not its speed in a straight line but what time it can lap the Nurburgring in. So it was a fail anyway.
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Doesn't seem very convenient for taking the kids to school.
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Serious question that in looking into this I didn't find an answer.

Where can tires rated for the intended top speed be sourced?

I don't know anybody involved in top LSR pursuits, but do know a couple of guys that have run at Bonneville and according to them the limiting factor for current LSR efforts is the lack of availability of tires rated for speeds above 250 mph.
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Serious question that in looking into this I didn't find an answer.

Where can tires rated for the intended top speed be sourced?

I don't know anybody involved in top LSR pursuits, but do know a couple of guys that have run at Bonneville and according to them the limiting factor for current LSR efforts is the lack of availability of tires rated for speeds above 250 mph.
Airplane tires. Heavy because 28 plies. Maybe truck tires are a happy medium?

But does it have to have rubber tires? Carbide coated rims might do.
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I think the tires were to be solid alumin(i)um.
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Old 9th December 2018, 11:22 AM   #9
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This reminds me of some guys a few years ago, I think in my area, who were trying to build a car out of a scrapped F16. (At least I think it was an F16.) Wonder what happened to that project?

ETA: I'm wrong, it was an F-104.
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For the last 13 years, development and testing of the vehicle has been ongoing with no notable progress to date.
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Old 9th December 2018, 01:50 PM   #10
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I think the tires were to be solid alumin(i)um.
Yeah, solid aluminium.

Sorry to hear it's folded but they've been running on a shoestring for years. The project started just as the financial crisis broke and even Richard Noble's remarkable blagging powers couldn't get the funding needed to get it to the starting line. If I remember correctly, the original plan was to run the car in 2011. It'll be a great pity if all that work comes to nothing.
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I think the tires were to be solid alumin(i)um.
Correct. And not just stock aluminum either, they've got to be custom forged. It's a pretty big deal:

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To withstand 50,000 g at the rim!
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