Chief engineer gives Bloodhound SSC Annual Lecture 2014

Issue date: 04 March 2014


Date: 12 March 2014

Venue: UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre, Frenchay Campus, UWE Bristol

Time: 18:00

Chief Engineer Mark Chapman of the Bloodhound Project will give the annual Bloodhound lecture at 18.00 on 12 March 2014 at UWE Bristol.

The Bloodhound Supersonic Car aims to inspire the scientists and engineers of the future by breaking the current World Land Speed Record and reaching 1,000 mph.

In his update on the project Mark will talk about the technology and engineering challenges and developments that have taken place over the last year as Bloodhound SSC progresses from the design and build phases to the operational run phase next year.

The car is currently being built in Avonmouth, near Bristol, by a team of Formula 1 and aerospace experts. It will be tested in the UK in 2015 and will then run in South Africa in the summer of 2015.

The test runs and the record attempts will take place at Hakskeen Pan in the Northern Cape Province, where the provincial government is currently preparing the track.

UWE is a founder sponsor of Bloodhound SSC, and is leading university level engagement in the project, developing materials and case studies for use by partner universities. The Bloodhound team is making all the data generated available for use in education.

Dr John Lanham, who leads the project for UWE, said, “One of the key objectives of Bloodhound SSC is to raise interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects amongst young people to meet future skills shortages in the UK economy.

“The project is using the technical challenges of designing, building and running a car that will raise the world land speed record to over 1,000mph or Mach 1.4, to inspire the next generation of engineers, scientists and mathematicians.”

UWE will also be showcasing the student-led UWE-Racing project in which a multi-disciplinary team of students are designing, building and running a car in the UK national Formula Student competition. Building upon their eighth placing in 2013 the UWE team are working to take a car to the UK final at Silverstone in July this year.

The evening will include a brief update from the UWE-Racing team and an opportunity to see the car being developed.

The lecture is free of charge - to attend the event, register online.

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