Sniffing out a world record
It's more powerful than 180 F1 cars. It can travel a mile in 3.6 seconds. Its wheels spin 170 times a second. And its high performance coatings system – supplied by AkzoNobel – is normally used on aircraft.
The Bloodhound SSC (supersonic car) has been built to become the first land vehicle to achieve 1,000mph. A showcase for science and engineering technology, it will try to reach 800mph in the South African desert during 2016, before attempting to make history in 2017.
Powered by both a jet engine and a rocket, Bloodhound is the most complicated car ever built. A conventional vehicle coating was never going to meet the stringent specifications, which is why it features paint normally reserved for aircraft.
The result of eight years of research, design and manufacturing, the vehicle has been coated with products from AkzoNobel’s Eclipse range of exterior polyurethane topcoats. Formulated to provide outstanding performance and lasting appearance, Eclipse is traditionally used for commercial aviation.
Bloodhound's first date with destiny will take place at the Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape, in South Africa in 2016. If it successfully reaches the target speed of 800mph, it will break the current land speed record of 763mph – which was set by Andy Green, the same man who will be at the wheel of Bloodhound.
AkzoNobel is no stranger to providing go-faster paint, having supplied products for the Concorde supersonic aircraft in the past, as well as being an official supplier for McLaren Racing.