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Foot to the floor time!

As the clock continues its countdown to the all-out assault by the Land Speed Racing car BLOODHOUND on the 1.000mph record, the BLOODHOUND Build Team and technicians from the Royal Air Force's 71 Squadron have completed assembly of the titanium floor, which will protect the underside of the carbon fibre nose section and cockpit.

More than 3,000 rivet holes had to be pilot drilled, cleaned up, pinned, drilled out to the correct diameter, cleaned up and pinned again before they are finally counter sunk and cleaned up for a final time. Each of these holes takes about five minutes to complete, so that's 15,000 minutes in total! Products from Somta Tools, BSA Regal, and Atlas Copco Tools and Compressors were all used within this process.

The next big challenge facing the BLOODHOUND team was to trial fit the floor to the underside of the car. Testing of the supersonic car at the Hakskeenpan track in South Africa is due to start later this year and on into 2016.

See the titanium floor assembly, fast-forward style, in this hyperlapse film: titanium-floor.

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Title Annotation:WHAT'S HAPPENING
Publication:Engineering Designer
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Jul 1, 2015
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