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Cockpit Revealed For Bloodhound Supersonic Car

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  • by 3.5 stripes (578410) on Friday June 13, 2014 @10:35AM (#47229739)

    It does turn, though it takes 240 meters to do a full turn.

  • by Sarten-X (1102295) on Friday June 13, 2014 @10:39AM (#47229765) Homepage

    The word "car" [etymonline.com] really just means a "wheeled vehicle". There is no requirement for turning.

  • by Major Blud (789630) on Friday June 13, 2014 @10:47AM (#47229835) Homepage

    Indeed, there has been much controversy surrounding these attempts since at least the 60's. When Craig Breedlove broke the 400 mph limit in the Spirit of America, the FIA wasn't sure if they could classify it as a "car" since it only had three wheels and was powered solely by thrust. The FIM however was more than happy to classify it as a motorcycle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirit_of_America_(automobile)). The many different configurations have resulted in the myriad of classifications available (piston engined, powered wheels, thrust, etc etc).

    I wish Andy Green the best, hitting 1,000 mph is going to be a tough nut to crack.

  • by Richard_at_work (517087) <richardprice.gmail@com> on Friday June 13, 2014 @11:06AM (#47229997)

    Racing cars try to dump down force when they don't need it - ie in straights and high speed corners. Down force is good for traction in low to medium speed corners, but it becomes a huge hindrance elsewhere. McLaren pioneered stalling the rear wing of their 2010 F1 car along the straights, giving them a couple of dozen extra MPH over their rivals, which makes all the difference when you are trying to pass them. This was later adopted by the FIA and became the Drag Reduction System.

    When the goal is "go fast in a straight line", a parallel goal is "eliminate drag", of which down force is a huge component.

  • Re:not impressed (Score:5, Informative)

    by BenFenner (981342) on Friday June 13, 2014 @11:27AM (#47230181)
    No one has stopped doing wheel driven land speed cars. This is just a different class. If you want wheel driven, you can look to those classes and there is still plenty of partisipation. However, the wall of air encountered by a wheel driven car causes traction issues (imagine trying to accelerate pressed up against a birck wall) and at some point (I think it is around 400-500 MPH) the wheels just start spinning. it is not an issue of power. Power is easy to come by these days. The traction is the problem, especially on poor surfaces like salf flats. I agree it would be impressive to see these traction issues overcome, but it has been an issue since the ''60s and I don't see a solution in sight. Do you?

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