BLOODHOUND SSC ride height test

A non-contact laser displacement sensor from Micro-Epsilon UK has been used to assess the vehicle ride height during a test leading up to the World Land Speed Record Attempt next year.

The tests were carried out at the Jaguar Land Rover Gaydon Centre in Warwickshire, where two optoNCDT 1700 laser displacement sensors were mounted side-by-side to an adapted tow bar at the rear of the Jaguar XF with the laser window pointing down towards the ground.

The car was accelerated up to 50mph on off road muddy terrain with measurements being taken and carefully monitored.

Joshua Thompson, systems engineer at BLOODHOUND said: "Measuring the ride height is a critical measurement parameter on the BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car. We need to know the exact distance between the wheels and the ground to see how far into the ground the wheels sink during trials."

The BLOODHOUND SSC will use the sensors on the actual record attempt, where one will be mounted to each of the four wheels on the car, to adjust the suspension and optimise performance.

Thompson explained: "First, we needed to test the performance of the ride height sensors under harsh, on-vehicle conditions. We also wanted to verify that our software could correctly interpret the measurement data coming from the sensors. On both counts, the tests were successful."