Case study


BLOODHOUND SSC is a unique, high-technology project to design and build a car that will break the 1,000mph barrier (just over 1,600 kph) and set a new world land speed record.
BLOODHOUND SSC is a jet and rocket powered car designed with a slender body of approximately 13.4m length with two front wheels within the body and two rear wheels mounted externally within wheel fairings. It weighs 7.5 tonnes and the engines produce more than 135,000 horsepower – more than 6 times the power of all the Formula 1 cars on a starting grid put together. The Car is a mix of car and aircraft technology, with the front half being a carbon fibre monocoque like a racing car and the back half being a metallic framework and panels like an aircraft.
Formaplex was approached by the team behind the Bloodhound SSC for CNC machining requirements to the carbon-fibre tub of the supersonic car. The inclusion of the air intake on top of the chassis meant that we weren’t able to machine the chassis as we would have liked. Instead, the chassis was jigged and laid on its side, allowing our largest Jomach 3-axis milling machine to operate on the side of the chassis, with access to both ends. The chassis was machined in several positions over 10 days using specialist tooling to cope with the aggressive nature of the carbon-fibre composite.