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World’s Fastest Connected Car Takes a Test Run at the Land Speed Record

Twenty years ago, the Thrust supersonic car (SSC) set the World Land Speed Record of 763.035 mph. This October, the BLOODHOUND Project will test a new supersonic car, BLOODHOUND SSC, which aims to reach speeds of over 1,000 mph and become the first land vehicle to reach four-digit speeds. 

Like Thrust SSC before it, BLOODHOUND SSC will use military technology to push the limits of what is possible. The BLOODHOUND team has chosen the EJ200 jet engine, more commonly used in fighter jets, to make history in Cornwall, England this fall. It will also use Sierra Wireless cellular technology to collect vehicle data and live video.

The experience will be a familiar one for BLOODHOUND SSC driver Andy Green. Green, driver of the Thrust car and current land speed record holder, is also a fighter pilot in the British Royal Airforce. With this October as the first ever public run of the BLOODHOUND SSC, the day will be a test before Green and the BLOODHOUND team challenge the world record in South Africa late next year. 

Giving High Speed Data Sharing New Meaning
To safely and successfully test BLOODHOUND SSC, the team will rely on data to evaluate the car’s performance. A custom LTE/4G wireless network will provide invaluable live data feeds from the car as it travels at extremely high speeds – above the speed of sound. The BLOODHOUND network will send and receive critical telemetry data that will support the vehicle’s operations during its attempt.

Sierra Wireless’ AirPrime automotive modules connect in-car devices, like navigation systems, to the cloud. This lets the vehicle share information like its current location and destination via digital maps. The BLOODHOUND will also use an AirLink gateway, a rugged internet router built to withstand the bumps and jolts of vehicle use. Even though the Hakskeen Pan in Northern Cape, South Africa, where BLOODHOUND will make its world record challenge, is relatively smooth, it’s still officially off-road. Plus, at 1,000 mph, there is no such thing as a small bump.

Put Yourself in the Driver’s Seat of the World’s Fastest Car
The BLOODHOUND Project is about more than breaking records. Video footage from the car will put viewers around the world in the driver’s seat.

“The primary objective of the BLOODHOUND Project is to inspire the next generation to get involved in science and engineering,” said BLOODHOUND Project Director Richard Noble. “To do that we need to deliver the best possible live footage from the car even as it breaks the sound barrier, and we wouldn’t be able to achieve this without the cutting-edge connected car technology and support from Sierra Wireless.”

Using our AirPrime LTE embedded modules and AirLink gateways, BLOODHOUND is giving thousands of aspiring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students a chance to be a part of the action. 

Sierra Wireless is proud to be a part of the Project’s development of BLOODHOUND SSC and their work to inspire young people to consider careers in STEM. We can’t wait to see the next generation of innovators take off. 

Visit the BLOODHOUND Project online to follow the test runs on October 26th, 28th and 30th in the UK.