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Close-up of the airbrake mechanism

Engineers working on the 1,000mph BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car (SSC) and Parker Hannifin, the global leader in motion and control technologies, today unveiled a closer look at the vehicle’s airbrake system.

Product sponsor Parker is supplying advanced equipment to operate BLOODHOUND’s airbrake doors, store backup hydraulic power and assist vehicle stability. This includes cylinders, manifold blocks and winglet controls.

A short film just released by the two partners gives an overview of how the airbrake system works. This can be viewed at

To slow BLOODHOUND SSC from 800mph and below, driver Andy Green will press a button on his 3D printed titanium steering wheel to operate the twin Parker linear actuators (cylinders). These cylinders will push the airbrake doors open into the airflow, carrying a load of five tonnes per door and increasing the drag on the car - slowing it at 3G deceleration, equal to losing 60mph per second. As Andy says: “It will be uncomfortable… most people would call this a crash”.

The metre square doors are manufactured from carbon fibre and aluminium by URT Group with material from SHD and Sigmatex. The Parker cylinders can exert a force of seven tonnes as they open the 28kg doors out into the airflow.

Parker is also supplying two composite piston accumulators – an emerging technology applied in controlled environments, but not yet widely available in the general marketplace.

This is the second time that Parker’s UK team has supported a world land speed record. The company also backed Thrust SSC, which set the existing world record in 1997.

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Contact for media enquiries

Kerry James, PR manager Parker UK and Ireland
01926 317422

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Airbrake film link

Airbrake photography by Stefan Marjoram

Notes to editors:


The world land speed record of 763 mph is held by Thrust SSC, a UK team led by BLOODHOUND’s Project Director Richard Noble and driven by Andy Green.

The BLOODHOUND team scoured the globe to find the perfect desert to run the car on, it needed to be at least 12 miles (19km) long, two miles (3km) wide and perfectly flat. The Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape, South Africa was selected.

At full speed BLOODHOUND SSC will cover a mile (1.6km) in 3.6 seconds, that’s 4.5 football pitches laid end to end per second.

BLOODHOUND has three power plants, a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet from a Eurofighter Typhoon, a cluster of Nammo hybrid rockets and a 550 bhp Supercharged V8 Jaguar engine that drives the rocket oxidiser pump. Between them they generate 135,000 thrust hp, equivalent to 180 F1 cars.

BLOODHOUND SSC is currently being assembled at the BLOODHOUND Technical Centre in Bristol, UK. It is on schedule for roll out summer 2015 where it will undergo UK runway testing up to 200 mph (321 km/h) at the Aerohub, Newquay. The Team will then deploy to South Africa to begin high speed testing with the target of reaching 800 mph (1,287 km/h). The Team will return to the UK to review the data and return to South Africa in 2016 with the aim of reaching 1,000 mph (1,609 km/h).

Over 250 global companies, 180 of them SMEs, are involved in the Project, which has become a showcase for science and engineering capability.

Over 5,700 UK primary and secondary schools have signed up to use the free BLOODHOUND Education resources in their classrooms.

The educational outreach programme also runs in South Africa with more than 600 schools already participating and more than 100 BLOODHOUND Ambassadors signed up to help use the project to inspire young people about studying maths and science. The programme reaches out to schools across the country, but particularly in the Northern Cape Province, home to the track where the BLOODHOUND SSC will run.


With annual sales of $13 billion in fiscal year 2014, Parker Hannifin is the world’s leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company employs approximately 57,500 people in 50 countries around the world.

Parker has increased its annual dividends paid to shareholders for 58 consecutive fiscal years, among the top five longest-running dividend-increase records in the S&P 500 index. For more information, visit the company’s website at or its investor information website at

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