Market & Product

The supersonic challenge

The colossal Boeing 747 Freighter of the British cargo airline CargoLogicAir was one of the most impressive aircraft we had the opportunity to see at the Farnborough show in July. This cargo plane is equipped with 4 GEnx-2b engines, which also power the 747 intercontinental passenger version, and contain the Avio Aero technology of components produced for this new generation engine: the innovative low-pressure turbine (whose sixth and seventh stage blades are made of TiAl), the accessory drive train, as well as oil pumps and tanks.

The amazing thing is that we saw the Bloodhound supersonic car being loaded onto this enormous cargo plane. Following a project launched in 2008, this special car was created by the international Bloodhound Project team (based in the UK) with the aim of beating the land speed record of 763mph set by British RAF pilot Andy Green onboard a supersonic car.
Andy Green will drive the Bloodhound SSC in South Africa, on a track created along the bed of the dried out Hakskeen Pan lake.
Something even more incredible is that the Bloodhound SSC is fitted with 3 engines, and certainly not your everyday engines: just think that the main engine is an EJ200, which enables the car to reach an initial speed of 300mph and is installed just above the cockpit!
That’s right. This is the same EJ200 found on the Eurofighter Typhoon together with a hybrid rocket which functions as an “engine”, enabling it to reach 800mph.
And finally, the third engine, used as an auxiliary power unit, is the Jaguar F type R (600 hp), which drives the rocket oxidizer pump.
Bloodhound SSC’s mission is to break the sound barrier, first achieved by the Thrust SSC (which holds the  record since 1997), setting a record of 800mph this year and aspiring to smash the same record next year with a speed of 1000mph.
All things considered, it isn’t excessive for a car powered by an EJ200 engine and which has around the same power as 180 Formula1 cars.
Watch the video with exclusive images and a special interview Mark Chapman, Chief Engineer of The Bloodhound Project.