Supersonic car 'Bloodhound' is roaring into Newtown

Published date: 21 September 2016 |
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A SUPERSONIC car aiming to go faster than the speed of sound will roll into Newtown later this month.

Motoring enthusiasts will get to see the renowned Bloodhound SSC, a unique high technology project to design and build a car that will break the 1,000mph barrier and set a new land speed record.

It will be on display in Newtown’s Hafren on Thursday, September 22.

The event has been arranged by Mid Wales Manufacturing Group as part of its Futureproofing Engineering Project, which is supported by Powys County Council (PCC).

Kirsty Allpress, of the Bloodhound Education Programme, said: “We are delighted to be able to bring the Bloodhound programme to Powys and our thanks to Mid Wales Manufacturing Group and Powys County Council for making it happen. 

“I am sure the different activities that we have on offer will prove to be a real inspiration to the young people taking part and provide your next generation of engineers.”

Visitors will have a chance to hear about some of the stunning technical details involved in the project from the Bloodhound SSC team and view the 14 metre education car at drop-in sessions from 4.30pm to 7.30pm that day.

The supersonic car is designed to cover a mile in 3.6 seconds, and has been designed and constructed in the UK.

It includes components and sponsorship from international companies and will make its record attempt in South Africa in October 2017.

For three days between September 21 and 23 the car will be in Newtown and a number of events have been arranged with local primary, high schools and NPTC College when pupils will use an interactive, guided tour of the car and its components. 

They will be able to observe and understand the design challenges and science that goes into designing and building a 1,000mph car.

In addition they will have an opportunity to explore key components such as the hybrid rocket, wheels, steering wheel and a 3D printed display.

The interactive activities incorporate hands-on engagement to demonstrate shockwaves, friction, reaction times and combustion. There is an opportunity for some pupils to experience the driving simulator.

The car will be powered by both a jet engine and a rocket, which together will produce more than 135,000 horsepower – that is more than six times the power of all the Formula One cars on a starting grid put together. 

More than 110 man years of effort have been invested in the design, build and manufacture of the Bloodhound SSC.

Cllr Avril York, Powys County Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “The engineering sector in Powys employs more than 5,000 people. By showcasing projects like the Bloodhound, we can help to stimulate interest in the engineering sector.”

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