Model of Bloodhound Super Sonic Car to speed into college ahead of world land speed record attempt

A model of the Bloodhound vehicle will be on show at Banbury and Bicester College's Bicester campus. NNL-150704-114341001
A model of the Bloodhound vehicle will be on show at Banbury and Bicester College's Bicester campus. NNL-150704-114341001

Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC), a project which aims to break the world land speed record, will be making an appearance at Banbury and Bicester College this month.

On April 20, the Bloodhound STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) roadshow arrives at the college’s Bicester campus for a week and will feature a full-sized model of the Bloodhound SSC.

The Bloodhound SSC is a project to design and build a car that will break the 1,000mph barrier.

The week will end in an open day style event on April 25, from 10am to 1pm, and schools are being invited to take along pupils in years three to nine for the roadshow.

It will feature engineering and computer science activities to inspire young people into pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Rose Turner, principal of Banbury and Bicester College, said: “We are extremely excited to be welcoming the Bloodhound roadshow to Bicester and to be able to widen participation to schools in north Oxfordshire.

“Our Bicester campus is home to our motorsport and engineering programmes, so we already know that our students will get a great deal from the experience, which will support their studies.

“We hope as many schools as possible will take the opportunity to come along and get involved as we seek to inspire more young people into science and engineering.”

Throughout the week, presentations will include topic such as aerodynamics, engineering problem solving and teamwork, forces, augmented reality, 3D printing and building a rocket car.

Bloodhound SSC is designed to go faster than the speed of sound and is powered by a jet and a rocket. It is around 13.4 metres long, weighs around 7.5 tonnes with the engines producing more than 135,000 horsepower – more than six times the power of all the Formula 1 cars on a starting grid put together.

The Bloodhound project was launched in October 2008 at the Science Museum in London.

It is hoped the first attempt at breaking the current landspeed record of 763mph will take place later this year.

Schools wanting to book a visit to the roadshow can visit www.banbury-bicester.ac.uk/bloodhound.