CMCO Distributor, REID Lifting, Has Been a Proud Sponsor the World’s Fastest Land Speed Record Attempt
Automotive Industry | Industry News | Hoisting & Lifting Equipment | By | Feb 17, 2021
The Bloodhound LSR (Land Speed Record) project is looking for a new backer after COVID-19 lockdown delays, in a last chance effort to save the Bloodhound project.
The Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) is set to become one of the world’s greatest engineering feats, capable of traveling at speeds over 1,000 mph. The Bloodhound SSC has proven world record potential with successful speed tests at 628 miles per hour, and the team is now targeting an 800+ mile per hour attempt in 2022 with the help of a new owner.
The Bloodhound project is attempting to smash the current land speed record of 763 mph by Thrust SSC, the first land vehicle to break the sound barrier. When complete, the car will be powered by both a jet engine and a rocket to help it achieve super high speeds.
CMCO distributor, REID Lifting, sponsored the Bloodhound project with the donation of a bespoke gantry lifting system. Photo: Stefan Marjoram
Bloodhound LSR (Land Speed Record) is a venture based on the Bloodhound Project, using the Bloodhound SSC Car rescued from administration by Ian Warhurst in 2018. Since March 2019, the Bloodhound LSR project has been working through high-speed testing in Berkeley, Gloucestershire, with the goal to set a new world land speed record in South Africa.
The current holder of the Outright World Land Speed Record is Thrust SSC, a British jet car developed by Richard Noble, Glynne Bowsher, Ron Ayers, and Jeremy Bliss. Driven by Andy Green, the ThrustSCC achieved 763.035 mph - 1227.985 km/h - over one mile in October 1997 and is the only car to travel faster than the speed of sound at Mach 1.016.
During the construction of the Bloodhound Supersonic Car, it came as no surprise that Bloodhound chose to use a REID Lifting PORTA-GANTRY frame from CMCO Channel Partner, Reid Lifting. This tall and innovative gantry lifting system, with an integrated CMCO chain block, has helped Bloodhound carefully construct each element of the car.
REID engineers worked closely with Bloodhound to create a 3,000 kg WLL custom lifting solution that will be used for the supersonic car’s record attempt, now scheduled for 2022.
The science behind Bloodhound is now being used in activities at more than 7,500 schools in the UK. However, the real driver behind the project is to inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Math). With this in mind, REID Lifting has chosen to not only sponsor the project with the donation of a bespoke gantry lifting system but is also involved in the Bloodhound SSC STEM Ambassador Program.
Bloodhound Education Ltd is a charity based in the UK, providing exciting, hands-on science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) activities for students aged 7 upwards, as well as resources for teachers and parents to support learning in the classroom. Challenges, projects, and workshops peak interest, linking to projects like the Bloodhound LSR (Land Speed Record).
REID Lifting has sent Design Engineer, Luke Rossiter, and Machinist Apprentice, Tim Battersby, to local schools throughout South Wales and southwest England as official Bloodhound Ambassadors. Both having a strong interest in engineering, they will be sharing their passion for the project to encourage future generations to follow in their footsteps.
Thank you, REID Lifting, and our CMCO UK office for sharing this great story and being a part of such a stellar project.