Bloodhound land speed record project to visit Weston College
By YouPR | Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 12:17
A Bristol-based project to shatter the World Land Speed Record is to visit Weston College next month. (November)
The £10 million Bloodhound project, which is creating a vehicle capable of speeds above 1,000 miles per hour, will be setting up camp at the College's new Automotive Technology Centre (ATC) at the CECE South West Skills Campus, Locking Road between November 18 and 20.
Students, staff and members of the public will be able to see a full-sized replica of the Bloodhound vehicle, currently being constructed at a special site in Avonmouth, along with a driving simulator, a test rocket, a desert wheel and various other pieces of kit.
Members of the Bloodhound team will give a presentation about the project and answer questions during the visit, to coincide with the launch of the ATC.
Paul Gavins, Curriculum Coordinator at the College's ATC said: "Having the Bloodhound Project here is a real coup for the College and it will be fantastic for our students to see what British engineering can achieve.
"We hope that it will inspire our young people to become the designers, technicians and engineers of the future."
The public open day on November 18 will also include a display of rally cars and associated vehicles by Club Rallysport West, who are working with Weston College to improve awareness of motor sports among the College's trainee motor mechanics.
The collection includes a Honda Civic belonging to Welsh National Champion Rick Bliss, a Subaru Impreza used by 2012 Brean Rally winner Steve Furzeland and a Ginetta GT5 sport race car owned by Will Burns, European Ginetta GT5 Champion.
Chancellor George Osborne recently visited Bloodhound, commenting: "This is a great project because what we are saying is that Britain can be the best in the world at what we do. We are setting out to create a new world record and to be a world leader; that has to be a great thing.
"There is some great work being done here and what is really important is that the rest of the world is watching us."
The first run of the car in the deserts of South Africa is now expected towards the end of 2015.
The car's driver, fighter pilot Wing Commander Andy Green, will attempt to break his own land-speed world record – 763mph – at this initial run. The data will then be analysed, and any necessary modifications made to the car's design, before the team returns to South Africa the following year to try to reach 1,000mph.