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  Bloodhound steering wheel model measurement

Bloodhound SSC:

Scanning Hand Impression Mould for Steering Wheel (2009)

URL: www.bloodhoundssc.com/news/latest_news.cfm

Bloodhound SSC is a project to design and build a car to set a new world land speed record, the project is being run and co-ordinated by the team that built the Thrust SSC (SuperSonic Car), the existing world record holder with a speed of 763mph. Using the same driver, Wing Commander Andy Green the intention is to raise the land speed record to over 1000 mph. The machine is being built in Bristol and a fundamental part of the project is the Bloodhound Education Programme which will be available to all pupils from primary and secondary schools and to students in further and higher education, the aim is inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

The Centre for Fine Print Research was contacted by Hywel Vaughan a University of the West of England student who is on industrial placement with the Bloodhound SSC project. Hywel had been tasked with designing the cockpit including the steering wheel for the Bloodhound SSC car. Hywel explained that the Thrust SSC from 1997 had used an aircraft yoke to steer the car but following on from the experience of using this design it had been decided that a control system moulded exactly to the shape of the pilots gloved hand with all the switches in exactly the correct place would be needed.

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