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Going supersonic

05 June 2009

Credit: Bloodhound education teamCredit: Bloodhound education team

A new interactive engineering show from science made simple, an award-winning University spin-out, has been launched at this year’s Cheltenham Science Festival. The Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) Show is now set to tour numerous venues around the country to show students the enormous challenge standing before the Bloodhound Engineering Team.

The supersonic car has been designed to run at speeds up to 1050 miles per hour and is currently entering the build phase of its programme. In the show, students can find out how jet engines work, the sheer scale of the forces acting on the car as it passes the sound barrier, and how engineers can overcome the problems they face by thinking logically.

Richard Noble, the head of the Bloodhound project and the driving force behind British World Land Speed racing for more than 25 years, said: "The Bloodhound project is an iconic engineering and education adventure for the 21st century that is pushing technology to its limit. We aim to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists by designing and building our incredible car capable of 1000 mph!"

James Piercy, one of the show’s writers, said: "Bloodhound SSC is a project that will capture the imagination of future scientists and engineers. We will be finding out how it works and the challenges involved in building this unique vehicle."

The show launched at the Cheltenham Science Festival on Wednesday 3 June 2009. It is now on tour around the UK, including the Rockingham Festival starting on 30 June 2009.

The Bloodhound SSC show is part of a bigger engineering project called Engineering Explained, co-ordinated by Huw James. This project aims to inspire the next generation of engineers and see how attitudes toward engineering change over the next few years.

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