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December 2017 – Newsletter

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BLOODHOUND SSC – a supersonic racing car designed to reach speeds of 1,000mph (1,600km/h).


“BLOODHOUND is operational”. Our month at Newquay, culminating in BLOODHOUND SSC’s first public runs at the end of October, has set us firmly on the road to South Africa. We’d like to thank all of our supporters, volunteers and sponsors for helping to make this happen – we couldn’t have done it without you.

And there’s more to come. Read on for the latest news, plus a message from Richard Noble and driver Andy Green’s summary of his time at Newquay.

There are opportunities for you to come to see BLOODHOUND at our Technical Centre in December – we’ve got Open Days for all the family and special Christmas Rocket Car events to entertain the kids in the school holidays.

As Andy says in his diary: “If this year was exciting, then next year is going to be amazing!”

Check out our website at for more information, videos and images.


Message from Richard Noble

“The BLOODHOUND Project owes a huge debt of thanks for the extraordinary levels of help from the Cornwall Development Company and our friends at Cornwall Airport Newquay. ‘BLOODHOUND is Go’ has been a huge joint achievement, with massive media coverage, and our visitors will remember the happy days for years to come.”

“Our next stage in the Project is to run BLOODHOUND SSC seriously fast and we need to achieve this in 2018, which requires a formidable team effort in planning, financing and execution. But the omens are good – the prospects have now realised that BLOODHOUND can deliver on the massive scale of Newquay, and that the public all over the world are responding.”

“As I write this, I am with the Oracle team in San Francisco and all those deals that we hoped would materialise in 2017 are beginning to look bright again.”

“Make no mistake, 2018 is going to be a formidable year for all of us and that will get us ready for the first World Record.”

“Happy Christmas to you from all of us, and thank you for your help and support in 2017. Get ready for 2018!”

Newquat news


BLOODHOUND success at Newquay

Around 10,000 people watched BLOODHOUND SSC make its first public runs across three days at Cornwall Airport Newquay last month. The Car ran twice each day as the highlight of a full schedule of events tailored to the different audiences on each day, reaching speeds of over 200mph.

You can find out what happened each day in the News section of our website and also experience the event in videos that captured the runs from inside and outside the cockpit:

Newquat news


Car news post-Newquay

The BLOODHOUND Team arrived at Cornwall Airport Newquay weeks before the public events to carry out a series of vital tests on the Car and prepare it for the 200mph runs. In a special news story, Engineering Director Mark Chapman recalls the weeks in Cornwall and explains what’s going to happen next…

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Andy Green’s view from inside the cockpit

BLOODHOUND driver Andy Green had a unique view of the events at Cornwall Airport Newquay from inside the cockpit of the Car. In his latest diary entry, he describes the weeks of preparation and then gives a driver’s eye view of the public events. This is a must-read for any BLOODHOUND fans – and anyone who wants to know what it feels like to drive a car with a jet engine in the back!

Then see Andy’s view from inside the cockpit – and the view from the top of the tail – as the Car runs in the BBC 360° video (VR headset optional but recommended!).

Read Andys diary


BTC Open Day – 9 December

We’re holding another of our popular Open House events at the BLOODHOUND Technical Centre on Saturday 9 December. Join us to hear Mark Chapman and Mark Elvin from the engineering team share the facts and stats about the Car’s performance in Newquay, and then get up close to the Car. There will also be the chance to take selfies, ask questions and buy BLOODHOUND merchandise in time for Christmas! Tickets cost £20 per adult and £5 per child, with special prices for 1K Club members.

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Family Fun Day – 10 December

On Sunday 10 December, we’re holding a Family Fun Day at the BTC, including talks by project director Richard Noble. There will be lots of activities, including the BLOODHOUND driving simulator – and a chance to show off your own Christmas-themed models and win a £20 voucher to spend in our shop. Tickets cost £15 per adult and £5 per child, with special prices for 1K Club members.

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Build a Rocket Car for Christmas!

Do something different with the family this Christmas – take time out from the rush to enjoy a Rocket Car Experience at the BLOODHOUND Technical Centre in Avonmouth, near Bristol. Enjoy interactive presentations and see the real BLOODHOUND Car in our workshop. Every child can then build their own rocket car and will go home with a special goodie bag. There are two 3-hour workshops each day on 20 and 29 December. Numbers are limited, however, so book now!

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The BLOODHOUND Project is funded by sponsorship and donations from individual members of the public, small and medium-sized businesses, and global corporations. Every last bit of money raised goes towards helping us create something special, with a lasting legacy of inspiration for our future generation of scientists and engineers.

One key way to support us is to buy BLOODHOUND merchandise from our online shop. We have a new 2017 Corgi model of the Car, BLOODHOUND-branded clothing including Newquay t-shirts, (or save £5 by buying a Newquay T shirt and a model together!) Newquay souvenir programmes with brand new articles about the Project, and many other new items that would make great Christmas presents.

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Follow all the latest BLOODHOUND News on our Twitter and Facebook channels and check out all the latest Cisco BHTV episodes to see the science and technology that underpins the 1,000mph BLOODHOUND car.

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