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BLOODHOUND SSC, Altair and GrabCAD challenge you to design a steering wheel for supersonic car

News International-French

4 Jan 2013

The Car is a mix of car and aircraft technology, with the front half being a carbon fibre monocoque like a racing car and the back half being a metallic framework and panels like an aircraft.

The jury will be comprised of representatives from Product Innovation Congress, Bloodhound, Altair, DEVELOP3D magazine and GrabCAD.


The winners will be announced at the Product Innovation (PI) Congress on February 19th, 2013.


Prize includes $1,000 cash, free pass to the Product Innovation (PI) Congress, a copy of the 3D conceptual design software “solidThinking Inspire” provided by the PI 2013 sponsor Altair, GrabCAD T-shirt and coffee mug.


BLOODHOUND SSC is the result of remarkable engineering that allows the ultimate racing car to accelerate from 0 – 1609 km/h and back to zero in just 120 seconds, while sagely handling the phenomenal forces and loads acting upon it such as 47000 pounds thrust (equivalent to 180 F1 cars) generated by its jet and rocket engines; 30 tonne suspension loadings; air pressures on the bodywork of up to 10 tonne per square metre and solid aluminium wheels, each weighing 105 kg spinning at 10,200 rpm and generating an extraordinary 50000 G at the rim.


“This is one of the most exciting challenges we have yet!,” says GrabCAD`s Sales Director, Lauri Poldre. “This time, it is up to the GrabCAD Community to create a steering column and wheel for the BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car. Your design will be the sole connection of control between the driver, World-record holder and RAF Wing Commander Andy Green and a shuddering car rocketing across the desert at Mach 1.4!”


The deadline is January 31, 2013.