Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 6°C

ESTD 1874 Search

East Anglia: Regional firms back BloodHound SSC world land speed record attempt

06:00 06 May 2014

An artists impression of the Bloodhound SSC in the desert where the team plan to make an attempt on the World Land Speed Record in 2016.
Photo: Siemens NX

An artists impression of the Bloodhound SSC in the desert where the team plan to make an attempt on the World Land Speed Record in 2016. Photo: Siemens NX

Archant

Essex motorsport specialist DC Electronics is to play a key role in a project which aims to set a new world land speed record, and to break the 1,000mph barrier in the process.

shares

The Maldon-based company, which supplies custom-built electrical systems for vehicles involved in events including Formula 1, NASCAR, Le Mans and Global Rally Cross, is to provide the loom assembly and electronic power assisted steering for the UK-based BloodHound SSC team.

BloodHound is led by Richard Noble, who held the land speed record between 1983 and 1997, with current record holder Andy Green lined up as driver.

Thrust2, the car driven by Noble to the record, was timed at 633.468 mph while Thrust SSC, the supersonic car driven by Green − and for which Mr Noble was project director − set a new mark of 763.035mph.

David Cunliffe, founder and managing director of DC Electronics, said the company was approached by the BloodHound team at the annual Autosport International exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham six years ago. “They were there shopping around for suppliers,” he said. “Electronics was on their list and they asked us if we would like to be involved.”

DC Electronics is donting its services on a sponsorship basis, the payback being the marketing opportunities which involvement in the project is expected to provide for years to come.

“We have already started supplying some components for data network wiring,” said Mr Cunliffe. “We will then measure up for the rest of system wiring in about four months’ time.”

The current intention is for the BloodHound team to begin their first rolling tests with the vehicle on an airfield in Cornwell in spring 2015 before moving out to South Africa in the summer of next year.

The record attempt, to be made in the desert on the Hakskeen Pan in Northern Cape province, is pencilled in for September 2016, although some slippage in the timescale could well occur.

“Obviously, there is no manual for such a project so timescales can shift a lot,” said Mr Cunliffe. “It is very much a moveable feast as they say.”

Other businesses from the eastern region involved in the BloodHound project include Advanced Fuel Systems from Newport, near Saffron Walden, which is providing fuel cells, Air Bench of Colchester, which is supplying downdraught workbenches with built-in fume and dust extraction and racing helmet artwork specialist JLF Designs from Stanton, near Bury St Edmunds.

shares

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Rain Newton-Smith, CBI Director of Economics

Trading conditions for the UK’s small and medium-sized enterprises have stabilised over the past quarter, according to the CBI’s new Quarterly SME Trends survey.

The Wick & Wax Company team from Woodbridge School at the final of the 2016 Suffolk Young Enterprise competition.

Twelve teams of budding entrepreneurs from across the county took part in the final of the 2016 Suffolk Young Enterprise competition.

Brad McLean, the new general manager of Thorpeness Golf Club and Hotel.

Suffolk-based hotel group TA Hotel Collection has appointed Brad McLean as general manager overseeing its golf, hotel and private members club at Thorpeness.

The Sembmarine SLP jacket for the offshore wind turbine substation is moved onto a barge. Picture by Alan O'Neill.

The fabrication yard behind a multi-million pound project which has dominated the Lowestoft skyline for months has called on business leaders to work together to bring more work to the coast.

Sainsbury's chief executive Mike Coupe.
Photo: Sainsbury's/PA Wire

The City will this week look for details of how Sainsbury’s plans to overhaul Argos when the supermarket posts its annual results next week, while trading at rival Morrisons and banking giant HSBC will also be in the spotlight.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24