April 16, 2014
Merkle UK and our sister company Metconnect are proud product sponsors of the Bloodhound SSC. As sole Welding machinery and consumable suppliers it was a great honour to visit the Bristol factory and witness history in the making.
The Bloodhound SSC is a British project which aims to beat the World Land Speed record and ultimately reach speeds of over 1000 mph.
Accompanying the Merkle UK and Metconnect staff were representatives from the Ministry of Defence, Dr Ulrich Prank (Deputy General Manager of Merkle GmbH) along with representatives of Oldham Council and members of the local press
The day began with an excellent presentation by Martin Roper on the history of the Land Speed Record and the concept behind the Bloodhound Car. After a delicious buffet we were then taken on a tour of the factory floor which enabled us to witness the support vehicles, the construction of the fin and of course the Bloodhound car in production.
The day was completed with a chance to drive the car on the Bloodhound simulator and the presentation to Bloodhound’s Chief Welding Engineer ‘Blackie’ of a Merkle Tig 201 AC/DC Tig inverter by Merkle Uk’s Managing Director Tony Sydall and Dr Ulrich Prank from Merkle GmbH
We would like to thank everyone at The Bloodhound Project for a fantastic day.