When an engine generating a 135,000 horse power (HP) accelerates a car to almost 1,700km/h (1,056mph), the forces at play would tear any normal vehicle to shreds. However, the BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car (SSC) is anything but normal. The BLOODHOUND resembles a gigantic rocket on four wheels and is expected to break the existing land speed record of 1,228km/h (763mph), which was set in 1997, in South Africa in summer 2015, before raising the bar even further one year later. The goal is for the BLOODHOUND SSC to break the 1,000mph barrier: that is an incredible 1,609km/h.
These achievements will demand the ultimate resilience – both inside and out. Castrol is providing the best high-performance lubricants for the breath-taking double record attempt with the BLOODHOUND SSC, including its strongest engine oil of all time: Castrol EDGE with TITANIUM FST™. Titanium is renowned for its extremely high strength. At the same time, it is also lightweight. As such, it is used for a multitude of components in the BLOODHOUND SSC.
“The BLOODHOUND Project is a combination of meticulous preparation, precision technical work and a pure desire to achieve a new milestone in the field of supersonic speed,” says Andy Green, who will be behind the wheel of the BLOODHOUND SSC and is the very man who set the existing land speed world record back in 1997 – in the Thrust SSC, which was also lubricated by Castrol. “Every single technical part has to work perfectly at all times, right from the first attempt. For this reason, I am pleased to have a partner like Castrol on board. Castrol products have proven their extraordinary qualities in countless motorsport competitions around the world. Furthermore, Castrol lubricants have been used in successful land speed record attempts since way back in the 1920s.”
Castrol EDGE with TITANIUM FST™ is not the only Castrol product to be used in the BLOODHOUND SSC: also in use are Castrol 5000/BP Turbo oil 2380 for the jet engine on the BLOODHOUND SSC, Castrol Hyspin AWH-M46 for the hydraulics, Castrol React SRF for the wheel brake system, Castrol Alphasyn T32 for the wheel bearings, and Castrol Inertox Medium 150 is the safety critical coupling grease in the hybrid rocket system.
We’ve got to make the car as light as we can, yet also maintain its strength. That is why we use an awful lot of titanium on the BLOODHOUND SSC...and so does Castrol with their latest technology in Castrol EDGE, making the BLOODHOUND SSC titanium strong for maximum performance.Richard Noble, Project Director
Castrol products have proven their extraordinary qualities in countless motorsport competitions around the world. Furthermore, Castrol lubricants have been used in successful land speed record attempts since way back in the 1920s.Andy Green
“Castrol is basically responsible for all the lubricants side of the Project,” says BLOODHOUND SSC Project Director Richard Noble who also oversaw the successful 1997 and before that the 1983 record attempt, when he was also the driver. “A land speed record car like ours has to have the highest power to weight ratio possible. We’ve got to make the car as light as we can, yet also maintain its strength. That is why we use an awful lot of titanium on the BLOODHOUND SSC – in countless components and so does Castrol with their latest technology in Castrol EDGE, making the BLOODHOUND SSC titanium strong for maximum performance.” The various individual parts of the BLOODHOUND SSC have already successfully demonstrated what they are capable of in numerous tests.
The record attempt will be made on a specially prepared 20 kilometre long and 1.1 kilometre wide stretch of desert on the Hakskeen Pan, in the Northern Cape of South Africa near the borders with both Botswana and Namibia.