The Bloodhound Project Viv Cowley

Viv Cowley

Assembly and Build

"I have been involved in motorsport since 1986 when I joined TWR (where I first met Chris Dee) and worked on the Silk Cut Sports car and Volvo touring cars.

I have been self employed since 1998 and worked on lots of really interesting projects including Moto GP with Kenny Roberts, so being a bike nut was possibly my best years racing. Also I'm a keen follower of the land speed vehicles, so to be involved in Bloodhound is a dream come true!"

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BLOODHOUND's Front Suspension sub-assembly

Wednesday, 7 May, 2014 - 15:37

Otherwise known as the ‘goats head’. This is made up of four huge five-axis machinings that are made from 7075 forgings (7075 being the specific alloy and forged parts being used for greatest strength and therefore control of residual stresses). We spent many weeks searching for these and in the end thyssenkrupp Materials came up trumps, finding what we needed in just the right size! This was great news as a bespoke mill run for this material could easily have added six months to the project. The team at the AMRC in Sheffield have machined these parts on two new CNC machines and done a simply stunning job.