Correct torque settings have always been a feature of automotive design and maintenance - a topic well documented in some previous blogs. The industry has come a long way since the first Ford Model T’s. So much so that we are now manufacturing supersonic cars and striving to reach beyond the very limits of technology and engineering knowledge.


And it is this yearning for technological advancement in such an absorbing field that has led to Norbar joining the wide ranging list of specialist companies, educational and professional organisations, supplying products, services and expertise to the Bloodhound SSC (Super Sonic Car) project, which aims to push the world land speed record to an incredible 1,000mph. At a time of resurgent interest in UK engineering, Bloodhound is an exciting focus for British experience in this area and an inspiration for young people considering a career in this fascinating area of manufacturing and engineering.


As a Product Sponsor for the Bloodhound SSC project, we are supplying a range of torque wrenches, measurement equipment and our consultancy expertise in ultrasonic bolt testing. Setting accurate torque to fastenings on vehicles that are to be subjected to exceptional stresses induced by speeds well beyond the sound barrier, as you can imagine, is vitally important.


The 7.5 tonne Bloodhound SSC is jet and rocket propelled and capable of accelerating from 0-1,000 mph and back again to zero in just 100 seconds. Its jet and rocket engines generate a thrust of 47,000 lbs, the equivalent of 180 F1 cars. Pressures impacting on the vehicle include 30 tonne suspension loadings and air pressures of up to 10 tonnes per square metre.


Bloodhound SSC will be driven for this record breaking bid by the very brave Andy Green, who set the existing land speed record of 763 mph driving Thrust SCC in 1997. The new land speed record attempt will take place in 2013 in the Northern Cape desert region of South Africa, along a track 19km long by 500m wide, which required 10 million square metres of desert to be cleared by hand of rocks and other obstacles.


The Bloodhound project is a hugely ambitious and adventurous project which works as a great way to advance and promote technology. There are likely to be useful practical spin-offs as well as an increased public awareness about how engineering can be an enduring passion as well as a rewarding profession. Certainly something we at Norbar promote.


Philip Brodey, Sales and Marketing Director, Norbar Torque