Then there’s the cutting-edge digital technology. In addition to the aerodynamic chassis and roaring engines – the nuts and bolts of land-speed racing – there are the vital software packages and hardware devices that transform the machine into a communications hub. During its test runs and record attempts, critical live data is sent and received to boost safety and eke out a few extra mph.
“The video and data are key for the engineers as they allow them to monitor the car's complex systems, including the EJ200 jet engine and the cluster of Nammo hybrid rockets,” explains spokesperson Jules Tipler. “Every run of the car will have specific test parameters. With each increase in speed, data will be checked against the predicted models to ensure the structure and systems are behaving as expected and the car is safe.”
The crucial high-tech gadgetry is designed by Sierra Wireless, which specialises in providing machine-to-machine and device-to-Cloud communications for everyday cars – the sort of connected systems you will soon find, for example, in selected next-generation Volkswagens and Peugeots. The Volkswagen Car-Net platform provides a growing list of in-car internet-based services, ranging from remote vehicle access and infotainment to maintenance and the ability to set speed alerts.
Owners can also use the technology to expand into additional value-added connected services and telematics – the sort of things that are needed by engineers at Bloodhound. The smart technology can securely retrieve, store, analyse and integrate data from the bank of on-board sensors and send it in real time to the engineers’ computers – vital information if you are determined to cruise past the speed of sound and break the 1,000mph barrier...
“Like Bloodhound, we share an enthusiasm for promoting innovation and collaboration between teams of engineers to break barriers,” explains Sierra Wireless CTO Philippe Guillemette. “As more and more connected cars run on our roads, it’s fitting that the world’s fastest car will use the same core wireless connectivity that’s powering connected car services in conventional vehicles.