A 150km pipeline will bring water to villages and cattle ranches to Hakskeen Pan border.
The Bloodhound project has been working for the past three years at Hakskeen Pan and in the surrounding communities because this is where the team will be testing a supersonic car in 2015 and 2016, chasing a new land speed record over 1600km/h.
It was great to see the cockpit finished and unveiled in public this month. This is my ‘1000 mph office’, which I first started to design over 6 years ago. It’s been exciting to see it come together, but as the design of the Car became more detailed, I’ve had to change some of the requirements as we went along. I’m thrilled and – I can now finally admit – slightly relieved that it does all fit in the space available.
It was just over 3 years ago that Rolex became BLOODHOUND’s official timing partner. Their support has been invaluable in helping us to build the world’s first 1000 mph Car. Rolex has also designed and made 2 key instruments for BLOODHOUND’s cockpit, and this month we unveiled them in public for the first time.
The upper rear chassis is now being drilled off for riveting, with 12,000 rivets in total. Most of the frames in the upper chassis are aluminium, but Frame 1 (at the very back) is being manufactured by URT from high-temperature carbon composites.
The BLOODHOUND Team are deeply saddened by the news of Mr Mandela's death. Our thoughts go to his family and to our many friends and colleagues in South Africa.
Mr Mandela said 'education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world'. Our project is testament to that idea. We are proud of our partnership with the country, and look forward to the day in 2015 when the world will see an amazing, inspirational story unfold in the beautiful desert of Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape.