The BLOODHOUND Build Team achieved a significant milestone in the build of the world’s most powerful racing car when they fitted its state-of-the-art EJ200 jet engine for the first time.
Normally found powering a Eurofighter Typhoon, the EJ200 jet engine weighs one tonne (1000kg) and produces 20,000 lbs (90kN) or 9 tonnes of Thrust.
A team of five technicians spent eight hours to ensure the jet engine is a perfect fit with the upper and lower chassis and the carbon composite air intake, validating thirty years of world leading design.
In the jet fighter, the EJ200 is designed to be hung from a single mounting point ('trunion') so BLOODHOUND replicates this. The upper chassis is made of strong but light aluminium to which titanium stringers and titanium skin will be fixed using both glue and 1,400 aircraft spec rivets. The lower chassis below the jet is made of aluminium and steel and houses the Nammo hybrid rocket.
The two power plants together produce the equivalent of 135,000 thrust horse power or 180 F1 cars.
The Build Team also trial fitted the upper chassis ribs over the jet engine to check the fit and clearance for the numerous fuel, electrical and hydraulic systems before the upper chassis is assembled, bonded and riveted.
Chief Engineer Mark Chapman said "This is a fantastic moment in the Project, it's great to see the jet engine fitted, it validates the many years of hard work by our team of motor sport and aerospace engineers”.