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Richard Noble - Towards 1000 mph!

Richard Noble OBE

Richard Noble Richard Noble and Andy Green have between them held the world Land Speed Record for 25 years! Richard himself held the record (633mph in 1983) as the driver of Thrust 2. He then broke his own record, as project director with Andy Green as driver, with the supersonic Thrust SSC (763mph in 1997). This was done with a budget as much as 90% smaller than competing projects. They then went on to take the fastest diesel record with JCB DieselMax (350mph in 2006) exceeding the previous record by 114mph. Their new project, Bloodhound SSC, is aiming for 1000mph (Mach1.4)!

Although best known for these remarkable Land Speed Record projects, Richard Noble (b.1946) has a number of other amazing projects under his belt. These include London To Cape Town by Land Rover(1972); creating two different aeroplanes (1987 & 2001) and a design for a high-speed ship hull. He also holds a PPL with over 900 hrs flying time, and has been the recipient of some 18 different awards, including the OBE.

Richard recounted the challenges involved in his previous Land Speed Record projects, as well as introducing us to the current project: Bloodhound SSC.
Richard Noble and colleagues Audience at Noble talk 1 Audience at Noble talk 2

This club meeting had one of the biggest attendances ever and the talk was received very enthusiatically.


The Bloodhound SSC is unlike anything we have seen before, with a supersonic air intake and a very smart suspension system. At an acceleration rate of 100mph per second it will reach 1000mph in just 40seconds. It will be powered by both a jet (90kN/40000hp) and a rocket (120kN/27500lbs thrust), and its auxiliary engine (for pumping, starting, etc.) is a racing V12 producing 800bhp, and with an Oxfordshire pedigree!

Apart from reaching 1000mph, a primary objective is to use this iconic project to enable students to join in the adventure, and thus create a national surge in the popularity of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. In other words to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers!

You yourself can share in this amazing project: visit the Bloodhound SSC Web Site and join the 1KSupporters Club! While youre there, explore the detail of the astonishing challenges in design, propulsion, materials, aerodynamics and not least, safety. Youll also find that the "Firechase" vehicle is, guess what, a supercharged Jaguar XJ! BloodhoundSSC

Land Speed Records

The first (non rail) record was 39mph in 1898, but by 1906 cars were going faster than trains! The dates when the following landmark speeds were exceeded were:

100mph1904 200mph1927 300mph1935 400mph1963
500mph1964 600mph1965 700mph1997


In addition to those above you may like to visit the following Wikipedia links:

Datemph http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
1983633 Thrust2
1997763 ThrustSSC
2006350 JCB_Dieselmax
20111000 Bloodhound_SSC

Richard_Noble Andy_Green Daniel_Jubb

Land_Speed_Record Filton_Aerodrome Coventry_Transport_Museum

For the local Oxfordshire firm responsible for the V12 visit: www.mctuk.com/news2.html

On the Thrust SSC Web Site youll love the stuff on design, aerodynamics, etc at: www.ThrustSSC.com/thrustssc/contents_frames.html

There is a very interesting page about Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computational_Fluid_Dynamics

And there are CFD animations (including the Mach1.0 surface as Thrust SSC accelerates!) on the Swansea University Web Site at:
http://www.swan.ac.uk/engineering/Research/CivilandComputationalEngineeringCentre/ ResearchAreas/ComputationalFluidDynamics/

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