"I swear Andy Green was using a bit of oppo at about 4:30"
A few years back we had Richard Noble as guest at the Surrey Area Christmas Dinner. He explained (and I'm sure he had onboard footage of this amid the films he showed us) that mid-way through one of his supersonic runs in Thrust SSC, Andy Green had arms almost fully crossed in opposite lock to keep the car in line. Ok, the steering wasn't as quick as in a Seven with a plus-22-per-cent rack... but it was a sobering thought.
When you watch Andy in his cockpit now, you can't help but wonder if the pilot in him ever finds himself trying to pull the 'stick' back when he gets up to speed? I doubt it though, having met him at the Newquay test he is one cool cucumber!
Nice bit of 'corrective lock' at 500 mph. Hat off to Andy Green & his very large cahonies. Breaking his world land speed record will be a breeze.
What impresses me is the construction techniques & systems of the car which are not unlike high end aircraft or space craft. Give it wings & it would fly although not that well!
Strangely Usain Bolt is always termed as the 'fastest man on earth' without alluding to the fact he is a runner & not THE fastest man on earth.........
We went to a great IMechE lecture on the aerodynamics which included a lot on the stability. They might still be doing that around the country.
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It's getting to be more of an air-speed record with ground contact.
There's an interesting thought experiment in there... take some cheap (!) supersonic fighter, dangle some low-drag wheels underneath, tweak the control system for prolonged flight just above the ground... which rule would that be breaking for the record?
See also F1...
Taking some cheap jet fighter didn't work well recently for the North American racing S effort, killing the driver Jessi Combs. That effort seems the polar opposite ethos to Bloodhound, where a bespoke vehicle has been developed from the start, inherent stability, safety first mantra with significant amount of CFD and aero research. The US team essentially took at F104 Starfigher fuselage and designed some wheel assembly to attach the fuselage and engine to - seemingly very heath robinson!
The F-104 had the nick name the 'Widow maker' so obviously that follows in whatever incarnation...........
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