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Supersonic secrets

07 November 2009

An artist impression of the Bloodhound Supersonic car in actionAn artist impression of the Bloodhound Supersonic car in action

Secrets behind the development of a new supersonic car capable of travelling more than 1000 miles an hour will be told in a lecture to be given at the University.

Land speed record holder Richard Noble OBE will give this year’s Graduate School in Physical Sciences and Engineering Annual Lecture entitled 'Bloodhound 1000mph and a New Generation of British Engineers.'

Between 1983 and 1997, Richard held the world land speed record. He also was the project director of Thrust, the supersonic car which smashed the land speed record and the sound barrier at 763.035mph on 15 October 1997.

As well as facing the engineering challenges of pushing for ever greater speeds, Richard’s story of how a small company pursuing innovation in a high risk environment has managed to succeed against the odds is just as revealing.

In his latest project, Richard hopes to beat his own record with Bloodhound, the supersonic car capable of exceeding 1000mph.

The lecture takes place on Wednesday 11th November 2009 in the Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre, Main Building at 2pm. It will be followed by a light buffet reception and poster competition in the Viriamu Jones Gallery, allowing research students from the physical sciences and engineering disciplines to promote their work while competing for prizes.

The lecture is free and is open to staff, students and members of the public. Postgraduate research students can book their place via the Research Students' Skills Developments Programme. Members of the public, staff and other students can book a place by emailing

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