The Aluminium Federation has become a sponsor of the BLOODHOUND SSC Project.
The BLOODHOUND Project is using a 1,000mph World Land Speed Record attempt to inspire the next generation about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Led by former World Land Speed Record holder Richard Noble, the BLOODHOUND team aims to raise the Record in South Africa in late 2018, with a vehicle driven by Andy Green – former Thrust SSC driver and currently the fastest man on Earth.
“Education, especially in the STEM subjects, is vital to the future of manufacturing in the UK, and the BLOODHOUND project is doing an amazing job in inspiring young people in this area,” said Aluminium Federation President Giles Ashmead. “But that was not the only reason we decided to become a sponsor. Offering a unique combination of strength and lightness, aluminium features throughout BLOODHOUND, most notably in its forged aluminium wheels – the fastest wheels on Earth.”
BLOODHOUND’s 910mm-wide aluminium wheels are designed to run at more than 10,000 rpm on the hard desert surface, at which time they will experience forces of 50,000g at the wheel rim.
Several Aluminium Federation members are already sponsors of Bloodhound in their own right, including Innoval Technology, Alimex, Akzo Nobel and Jaguar Land Rover.