Supersonic car team inspires “the next generation of engineers”
The Bloodhound Supersonic Car team challenged aspiring young engineers from across the Cornwall to design and build their own air rocket car replicas of the high-technology project which were pitted against each other in a series of highly competitive races. The two top teams in the county were from the award-winning independent girls’ school.
Bloodhound SSC is the big brother to Richard Noble’s Thrust SSC which became the first car to break the sound barrier as it tore across the Nevada desert in October 1997 reaching a top speed of 763mph.
Over 800 pupils from schools and colleges all over Cornwall and students from Falmouth University got the chance to take part in hands-on, action-packed workshops with the Bloodhound Supersonic Car team who believe their project will be the catalyst to inspire a new generation of world-class British engineers.
Pupils had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the team’s fully interactive modular car which was visiting Cornwall for the first time. From one side, the modular car is a full-sized replica of the vehicle itself, while from the other side it is a hi-tech interactive interface.
The car was also on show to the public with enthusiasts of all ages offered the chance to get “up close and personal” and learn a little more about the science behind what will be the fastest car in the world when former RAF pilot Andy Green sits behind the wheel and accelerates to 1,000mph.
Highlights of the exhibition included an exclusive evening lecture with chief engineer at Bloodhound SSC, Mark Chapman. Mr Chapman was keen to highlight the passion of his team and the phenomenal logistics required to make this eight year research project a reality.
The car is expected to start running on Hakskeen Pan in Northern Cape, South Africa, later in the year. The project has seen 21.5 million square metres of desert cleared by hand for the car’s run.
Truro High School’s Head of Science, Jon Dean, said: “This is a major coup for the school and has given our pupils, and those from other schools, the once in a lifetime opportunity to get behind the scenes, and under the skin, of the car that will soon be headline news across the world.
“As a school with a strong reputation for STEM subjects we believe it is important to inspire young people to aim high and there are few projects that demonstrate the indomitable British spirit and the desire to achieve the apparently unachievable better than Bloodhound.”
The event was able to go ahead thanks to the generous support of sponsors from China and a number of local companies including Carrs Jaguar and Sodexo. We must also thank those who helped make our auction a tremendous success including Bloodhound SSC, the World ATP Tennis Tour organisers, St Austell Brewery, Manchester United FC, Pendennis Shipyard and scuba diving instructor, Jon Dean.