Institution of Mechanical Engineers IMechE

1000mph Using Three Types of Thrust

12 May 2011

The Institution believes the BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car (SSC) is the most exciting and dynamic engineering challenge going on today.

This project aims to reach out to young people to encourage them to pursue careers in science, engineering, technology and maths. With the support of the Institution and other sponsors the project is well placed to carry the message into classrooms and Universities that engineering is an exciting and fulfilling career option.

In the attempt to push the land speed record to over 1000mph, an increase of over 37% from the Thrust SSC record set in 1997, the project will be travelling into uncharted territory, pushing the boundaries to create an iconic project to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

In order to propel the car to these speeds BLOODHOUND SSC is unique in having three separate engines; The Eurojet EJ200 from the Eurofighter Typhoon, an 18” hybrid rocket developed by the Falcon Rocket Program, and the CA2010 F1 engine from Cosworth. Combined these give BLOODHOUND SSC in excess of 20 tonnes of thrust, and an equivalent horsepower of 133,000bhp.

This technical lecture will concentrate on how these powerplants were selected, their development within the car and the issues with integrating them in such an unusual and challenging environment.

Presented by Mark Chapman, Chief Engineer

Having graduated from Bath in 1992 with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering, Mark has since been lucky enough to work on a wide range of projects.

However, for the main he’s been involved with aerospace projects including a couple of years out in Seattle for Boeing with their Propulsion Systems Division, and quite a portion based at Rolls Royce in Bristol. Most recently he spent nearly 4 years as part of the design team on the STOVL system for the F-35 Lightning II, the Joint Strike Fighter.

This is Mark’s first foray into the world of motorsport, apart from his own attempts at driving a rally car – he managed to convince his wife (after a little wine or two) that for their honeymoon it would be a great idea to enter a Lancia Stratos’ replica into the London-Athens World Cup rally, which was, to say the least, character forming – just don’t mention Albania.

Mark has been part of the BLOODHOUND design team for three years, working on the initial concept prior to the public launch in October 2008, and became Chief Engineer in April 2010.


1000mph using Three Types of Thrust

: Mark Chapman, Chief Engineer, Bloodhound SSC

Duration: 75minutes