Bloodhound Supersonic Car Visiting the Academy

The 1000mph Bloodhound Supersonic Car will be coming to The Ilfracombe Academy as part of an innovative programme with the aim of inspiring the next generation of young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)

Bloodhound SSC, designed and built in Britain, is powered by a Rolls Royce Eurofighter jet engine and hybrid rocket, and has a control system developed by high technology company, Cosworth. The car is designed to travel at speeds of up to Mach 1.4 or 1,050 mph – faster than a bullet – and will attempt to break the current world land speed record of 763mph on the Hakskeen Pan in South Africa later this year.

A life-size replica of the Bloodhound car along with its V8 Cosworth F1 engine, which drives the rocket fuel pump, will be showcased at The Ilfracombe Academy for one week from 9th February 2015.

Academy students, pupils from our feeder primary schools, members of the public, businesses and special guests will have opportunity to see the car, find out about how it works and enjoy a virtual high-speed driving experience as well as a series of interactive events and activities over the five days.

Linked to the Bloodhound Engineering Project is the Bloodhound Education Programme (called the ‘Bloodhound Education Adventure’) with the aim of inspiring the next generation of young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Those responsible for the project believe that, by showcasing how these disciplines can be harnessed to achieve something amazing, young people will be enthused and inspired to consider careers in STEM.