Metal Improvement Company are proud and excited to be one of the sponsors of this innovative project and have been involved in a number of aspects including the shot peening of the race wheels by our UK Derby Division. Recently our UK E/M Coatings Division also completed work on 30 different structural parts and these aluminium components will form part of the bonded framework of the car, providing both strength and rigidity.
What is the BLOODHOUND SSC project? The Bloodhound initiative was launched on the 28th October 2008 at the Science Museum in London. The team, including Richard Noble OBE and Wing Commander Andy Green, announced their intention to build a car capable of breaking the World Land Speed Record. They hoped that by launching such an iconic project, it would inspire a new generation of Scientists and Engineers and involve Companies from across the UK and the World in the development of the car itself.
The hope is that the supersonic car will reach its intended target speed of 1000mph, a figure suggested by Ron Ayer who broke the Diesel World Land Speed Record in 2006. Interestingly the Bloodhound project name was inspired by Ron Ayer’s missile – Bristol Bloodhound 2.
Being part of Curtiss-Wright Surface Technologies we have a long history in setting records as evidenced by our founders Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers who undertook the first recognised flight in 1903. This was subsequently followed by Glenn Curtiss in 1907, who by riding his Curtiss V-8 powered motorcycle at a speed of 136.4 mph, became the “fastest man in the world”, closely followed a year later by achieving the same feat in the air with a speed record of 46.5 mph.
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