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Cornwall College set to go SuperSonic with Bloodhound car
The Bloodhound SuperSonic Car (SSC) team speeds into Cornwall College Camborne from 11th to 13th March during National Science and Engineering Week with a full-size replica of the car they hope will break the Land Speed Record.
Measuring over 12 metres long and nearly three metres tall at the fin, the show car itself is impressive and an incredibly true representation of what the actual car will be like once it's built.
The model also showcases some of the revolutionary design features that will set it apart from the norm, creating what the team believe will be the ultimate Land Speed Record car.
To reach its target speed of 1,000 miles per hour, the car needs a tremendous amount of power, which will be delivered by the impressive Eurofighter Typhoon EJ200 jet engine and a custom designed hybrid rocket. When combined with the 800 break horsepower race engine, it will generate over 135,000 horsepower. Both engines will be accompanying the show car on its visit.
Alex Ledbrooke, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Project Manager at Cornwall College, has been working in conjunction with the Bloodhound SSC team to co-ordinate a series of public and school events at the College. He said: "The events we have planned with the team promise to be fantastic opportunities for everyone to view this amazing piece of technology up close and meet the inspirational team behind it. We are really proud to be hosting these events at the College, and hope everyone enjoys them!"
The Bloodhound SSC team will be bringing the show car to the Camborne campus ready for the National Science and Engineering Week (12th to 16th March) celebrations, and there will be several opportunities for members of the public to visit.
On Sunday 11th March, from 2pm to 5pm, the College will be throwing open its doors for the public to view this amazing piece of technology up close in the campus' Brunel building, have a go on the Bloodhound Driver Experience Simulator and meet the team who will be building the car and using it to attempt to break the Land Speed Record. Those interested are welcome to drop-in throughout the afternoon.
Students from schools across Cornwall will be visiting the College on Monday 12th March, and in addition to trying out the simulator and meeting the Bloodhound SSC team, they have been invited to take part in the Rocket Car Challenge where they will be racing rocket propelled model cars down the College's track to be crowned champion!
Finally, on the Monday evening from 5.30pm to 8.30pm, visitors will have another chance to view the car, meet the team and have a go on the simulator, plus attend a guest lecture given by Project Director and former land speed record holder Richard Noble. Places for this event are limited, so visitors are advised to book early to secure a place.
Dave Linnell, Principal of Cornwall College, said: "We are very proud that the Bloodhound Project will be coming to the College to help us celebrate National Science and Engineering Week, and look forward to welcoming Richard and his team. Personally, I am looking forward to attending the lecture and having a go on the simulator, and seeing which school will triumph in the Rocket Car Challenge!"
The BLOODHOUND Project is an international education initiative focused around a 1,000 mph World Land Speed Record attempt. The core aim is to inspire young people to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) by showcasing these subjects in the most exciting way possible, by building the ultimate racing car.
For more information about these events, or to book a place, please visit www.cornwall.ac.uk/stem or call 0845 22 32 567.
To find out more about the Bloodhound Project visit www.bloodhoundssc.com