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1,000mph Bloodhound Supersonic Car to visit Northamptonshire college

The Bloodhound Supersonic Car, which is aiming to break the 1,000mph barrier next year. NNL-140826-114611001

The Bloodhound Supersonic Car, which is aiming to break the 1,000mph barrier next year. NNL-140826-114611001

A car that is aiming to reach a speed of 1,000mph in a land speed record attempt next year will be visiting a college in Northamptonshire in September.

The team behind the Bloodhound Supersonic Car, which is aiming to break the land speed record next year, will be holding a series of workshops for pupils at Daventry University Technical College, off Ashby Road, from September 15 to 26.

Children will have the opportunity to use an interactive educational model of the Bloodhound and even get behind the wheel of the bloodhound driving simulator.

As well as workshops for local schools, the college is holding an open day from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, September 20, to give members of the public a chance to find out more about the team’s world record attempt.

Launched in 2008, the Bloodhound project is aiming to break the 1,000mph land speed record while inspiring the engineers of the future through its education programme.

The team expects to have the car ready for low-speed testing - about 200mph - in Cornwall next summer.

It will then be flown out to South Africa next autumn to start its bid for the land speed record on the Hakskeen Pan in South Africa, which the team has chosen as the best, flattest location on which to break the 1,000mph barrier.

David Edmondson, Principal at Daventry UTC, said: “We are extremely honoured the Bloodhound team has chosen to visit Daventry and has allowed our college to be their host.

“This is a unique opportunity for local schools as well as the public to find out more about this incredible feat of British engineering.

“At Daventry UTC we aim to bring a fresh and modern approach to education and we hope events such as this will help inspire the next generation of engineers. All our other industry partners will also be participating in what promises to be exciting two weeks at the College.”

 

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