World's fastest car to be built in Bristol

Issue date: 24 November 2009

BLOODHOUND SSC Bristol City Council, the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and the ss Great Britain Trust have won a bid to build the world's fastest car - BLOODHOUND Super Sonic Car (SSC) in Bristol. The car BLOODHOUND SSC with its cutting edge of technology is already inspiring future engineers and designers.

Sites adjacent to Brunel's ss Great Britain and at UWE will from today [24.11.09.] become home to one of the UK's most exciting engineering projects. The BLOODHOUND engineering team aim to capture the imagination of a new generation of Brunels by building a car that aims to break the land speed record by exceeding a top speed of 1,000 mph.

Bristol City Council's deputy leader, Simon Cook, said: “Bristol is a city renowned for its world-class creativity, design and advanced engineering and it makes perfect sense for the BLOODHOUND Project to be based here. We are delighted to add BLOODHOUND SSC to Bristol's credentials and know it will be a massive boost to the city – attracting national and international attention.

“Its location on Bristol's historic harbourside, together with the development of a visitor centre and educational facility will bring the BLOODHOUND adventure to the widest possible audience.”

The project kicked off by the Science Minister Lord Drayson and Richard Noble, former world land speed record breaker, is designed to inspire future engineers like NASA's space programme in the 1960s and the building of Concorde in Bristol in the 1970s.

Currently the UK faces an acute shortage of skills for future engineering projects, particularly environmental engineering projects connected to the needs of climate change.

Steve West, UWE's Vice Chancellor said, “Everyone at UWE is thrilled at the decision to bring the BLOODHOUND Project to Bristol. This builds on the significant technology, science and engineering traditions of the greater Bristol Region. We are leading the innovation in science and technology as a Science City

“UWE has been committed to assisting this project over the past year providing a space for the design team and winning the bid to lead the Higher Education Engagement programme. We have already seen a 37% increase to our Engineering courses and some students are actually working on the design of aspects of the car. The seating rig designed by a team of UWE students is currently on view at the Design Museum in London. The news that the project will be based here is fantastic.”

For nearly two years a team based at UWE Bristol, led by UWE Visiting Professor John Piper, Engineering Director of BLOODHOUND SSC has been working on the concept design and feasibility of a car that can withstand the engineering challenges created by travelling at a speeds of 1,000 mph. These same challenges will be presented in classrooms to Bristol pupils to work in real life problems. They will also have chance to view the car whilst it is being built in a special BLOODHOUND Centre near the SS Great Britain.

John Piper, said: “The site, the expertise and resources of the region make Bristol an obvious place to build the car.”

“Steve West, Vice Chancellor of UWE, Bristol concludes, “Regional employers and schools will benefit enormously from having such an exciting project on their doorstep. Hopefully we will see a few “Brunels” emerging from the inspiration this project provides.”

The city council, ss Great Britain Trust and the University of the West of England fought off heavy financial incentives offered by other locations, by offering the right site next to the ss Great Britain and access to expertise at UWE and Bristol City Council.

Work on the building of the car will begin next spring with a view to test runs in Spring 2011.

For more information - see the UWE Bloodhound Project website

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