metalweb and Bloodhound SSC attempt to break the Land Speed world record

metalweb and Bloodhound SSC attempt to break the Land Speed world recordmetalweb, one of the UK’s leading aluminium stockists, is providing Bloodhound SSC, the team behind a car capable of up to 1000mph, with its specialist engineering expertise to back an attempt to break the Land Speed record next year in South Africa.

The current Land Speed record was set in 1997 where the top speed of 760mph was made. Next year Bloodhound SSC is aiming to break this by creating a new Land Speed record of 1000mph in the Bloodhound SSC vehicle, designed to travel faster than the speed of sound.

metalweb’s team based in Manchester is working with Castle Precision Engineering and Bloodhound SSC to develop the bespoke aluminium wheels to be used on the rocket powered vehicle. Utilising its collective years of specialist insight, metalweb has brainstormed ideas and developed the aluminium wheels over the past six months.

The aluminium wheels, comprised of a solid aluminium disk and a separate dust cover, are to be completed by the end of this month in time for the runway trials early next year. Testing of some components of the car is already underway, with the firing of the rockets tested at Newquay Airport in Cornwall on the 3rd October.

Mark Benfield, Sales Director at metalweb said:

“We are extremely honoured to have been approached by Bloodhound SSC and Castle Precision Engineering to be a part of such an exciting project. We hope that our involvement with a 1000mph vehicle will reenergise people with the understanding of how to make things that encapsulate an idea and deliver a final product”.  
Mark concluded: “We look forward to continuing our work with Bloodhound over the coming months and can’t wait to see our efforts being put to the test at the start of next year”.