1. 3M's role in the 'fastest car on earth'
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    3M's role in the 'fastest car on earth'

    Sep 24, 2015
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    3M's role in the 'fastest car on earth'

    The team behind the building of the 'fastest car on earth' has had a little help from technical experts at 3M's Atherstone site.

    3M's role in the 'fastest car on earth'

    The team behind the building of the 'fastest car on earth' has had a little help from technical experts at 3M's Atherstone site.

    3M's role in the 'fastest car on earth'

    The team behind the building of the 'fastest car on earth' has had a little help from technical experts at 3M's Atherstone site.

    • World Skill

      Powered by a hybrid rocket and a Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine, the Bloodhound SSC will be attempting to speed past 1,000mph - faster than a bullet - to break the world land speed record next year.

      The car is a hybrid of carbon fibre at the front with machined aluminium sections at the rear to house the jet engine and hybrid rocket. A number of 3M products were used in the build and 3M adhesives bonded different carbon fibre and other composite materials to ensure it was both durable enough and as light as possible to meet the challenge.

      A range of Automotive Aftercare Division (AAD) products - including some developed at the 3M Technical Centre and made at Atherstone, Warwickshire - were also used to perfect the car's distinctive paintwork, with the work carried out at the site's Automotive Refinishing Centre (ARC).

      Said technical manager Ben Asirvatham: "The Bloodhound SSC team worked on a unique, high technology engineering adventure and as 3M is also at the forefront of pushing the boundaries of science and technology, we were very pleased to be involved in supporting this project."

      The Bloodhound has jet and rocket power equivalent to 135,000 thrust horse power - equal to 180 Formula One cars - and at the controls for the land speed record attempt will be RAF fighter pilot Andy Green, who in 1997 set the current record of 763.035mph in the world's first supersonic car.

      Pictured are the project's lead painter Simon Evans and 3M's Gary Brotherton by the newly painted front monocoque.

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