BLOODHOUND - Castrol sets sights on 22nd World Land Speed Record

1,227.986: this is the number that reaped Andy Green, Richard Noble and Castrol a world record on 15 October 1997 that still stands today. It’s the World Land Speed Record in kilometres per hour and it was set by Andy Green behind the wheel of the Thrust SSC, a vehicle developed under the auspices of Richard Noble. 
Castrol had an important part to play on that day in October 1997 in the Black Rock Desert in the US state of Nevada. It will play another important role in summer 2015 when Andy Green will squeeze behind the wheel of the BLOODHOUND SSC currently being created under Richard Noble’s leadership, with a view to breaking their own record on the Hakskeen Pan in South Africa.

Green, Noble and Castrol have two goals in mind. In addition to attempting to break their own world record in summer 2015, they are jointly tackling the enormous challenge of hitting the almost unbelievable speed of 1,000 miles per hour (1,609 km/h) a year later, in summer 2016. They hope to do this using something that’s a cross between a racing car and a plane: the BLOODHOUND SSC.
It’s a great relationship. Castrol goes back a long, long way – it’s got a terrific heritage which traces back to record breaking in the 1920s at that incredible time when there was enormous innovation and creativity.
Richard Noble, BLOODHOUND Project Director
The letters SSC stand for ‘supersonic car’ – and that’s precisely what the BLOODHOUND SSC is, as this designated world record-breaking vehicle is powered by an incredible 135,000hp. This is more than six times the total power output of the entire field of starters in Formula 1! 

To achieve this immense power output and the target speed, the project team led by Richard Noble is placing its trust in a jet engine, rocket propulsion and, not least, the high-performance lubricants from Castrol: Castrol 5000/BP Turbo oil 2380 for the jet engine, Castrol Hyspin AWH-M46 for the hydraulics, Castrol React SRF for the brakes system, Castrol Alphasyn T32 as wheel bearing oil and Castrol Inertox Medium 150 as HTP Rocket fuel coupling grease. Not to mention Castrol EDGE of course, which will be used in the Jaguar engine.

“Castrol’s basically responsible for all the lubricants side of the project and of course is introducing very superior technology in the new titanium products”, says Noble. “That fits very nicely with BLOODHOUND, because we’re a Land Speed Record car. We’ve got to get the highest power to weight ratio as we possibly can. We’ve got to get the car as light as we can and yet maintain its strength. It’s a great relationship. Castrol goes back a long, long way – it’s got a terrific heritage which traces back to record breaking in the 1920s at that incredible time when there was enormous innovation and creativity.”
As one of the world’s leading lubricant manufacturers, Castrol has a long history of powering the dreams of trailblazers, so to speak, and has no less than 21 world land speed records to its name, all achieved since the early 1920s. Castrol’s list of records is peppered with the names of legendary drivers such as Malcolm Campbell, Henry Segrave and George Eyston, together with legendary vehicles like the Sunbeam, the Bluebird and the Thunderbolt.
The most recent chapters in Castrol’s long history of world land speed records were written by Richard Noble in 1983 with the Thrust 2 and, 14 years later, by Andy Green in the Thrust SSC. And they now intend to add another successful chapter in summer 2015 with the BLOODHOUND SSC powered by Castrol EDGE. “We are delighted to support the BLOODHOUND project. This partnership gives us the chance to showcase how our high-performance products set new standards and push boundaries,” says Paul Waterman, Global Chief Executive of Castrol.

Castrol’s 21 World Land Speed Records

1922
K L Guinness (Sunbeam)
Brooklands (GB)
133.75mph (215.25km/h)
1924
E Eldridge (Fiat)
Arpajon (F)
145.89mph (234.79km/h)
1924
M Campbell (Sunbeam)
Pendine (GB)
146.16mph (235.22km/h)
1925
H Segrave (Sunbeam)
Pendine (GB)
150.76mph (242.62km/h)
1926
M Campbell (Sunbeam)
Southport (GB)
152.33mph (245.15km/h)
1927
M Campbell (Napier-Campbell)
Pendine (GB)
174.88mph (281.44km/h)
1927
H Segrave (Sunbeam)
Daytona Beach (USA)
203.79mph (327.97km/h)
1928
M Campbell (Napier-Campbell)
Daytona Beach (USA)
206.95mph (333.05km/h)
1928
R Keech (Triplex)
Daytona Beach (USA)
207.55mph (334.02km/h)
1929
H Segrave (Golden Arrow)
Daytona Beach (USA)
231.36mph (372.34km/h)
1931
M Campbell (Bluebird)
Daytona Beach (USA)
246.09mph (396.04km/h)
1932
M Campbell (Bluebird)
Daytona Beach (USA)
253.97mph (408.73km/h)
1933
M Campbell (Bluebird)
Daytona Beach (USA)
272.46mph (438.48km/h)
1935
M Campbell (Bluebird)
Daytona Beach (USA)
276.82mph (445.50km/h)
1935
M Campbell (Bluebird)
Bonneville (USA)
301.13mph (484.62km/h)
1937
G Eyston (Thunderbolt)
Bonneville (USA)
312.00mph (502.12km/h)
1938
G Eyston (Thunderbolt)
Bonneville (USA)
345.50mph (556.03km/h)
1938
G Eyston (Thunderbolt)
Bonneville (USA)
357.50mph (575.34km/h)
1983
R Noble (Thrust 2)
Black Rock (USA)
633.47mph (1,019.47km/h)
1997
A Green (Thrust SSC)
Black Rock (USA)
714.144mph (1,149.303km/h)
1997
A Green (Thrust SSC)
Black Rock (USA)
763.035mph (1,227.986km/h)