A full size replica of the supersonic car which will make an attempt of the world Land Speed record will be at Riverside Museum this weekend. The 44 foot long Bloodhound SSC show car aims to inspire young people to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) by showcasing these subjects in the most exciting way possible, by building the ultimate racing car.
As well as getting up close to the replica, visitors to the museum will also be able to try the custom built simulator which gives the driver the thrill of driving at 14 times the speed limit. The Bloodhound Project will host activities and workshops for visiting schools on the 26th and 27th of April and is open to the public on the 28th of April.
Bloodhound itself is currently in the build phase and a rolling chassis will be completed by year end ready for UK runway testing up to 200 mph scheduled for next year. If all goes to plan, the car then heads to South Africa to start high speed testing on the Hakskeen Pan where it is expected to reach 800 mph. The team will aim for 1,000 mph in 2014.
The jet and rocket powered car has the equivalent power of 180 Formula 1 cars and will blast from zero to 1,000 mph to zero again in 100 seconds, at full speed it will be covering a mile in 3.6 seconds or 4.5 football pitches laid end to end.
Lawrence Fitzgerald, manager of Riverside Museum said: “Riverside has already inspired more than a million people to visit with its tantalising mix of unique architecture and exciting and innovative displays. The visit of the Bloodhound team combines transport and technology in another ground breaking experience at one of Scotland’s most popular attractions.”
Jonathan Ellis, BLOODHOUND’s Education Director said “We’re very excited to be in Scotland and hope to encourage lots of schools and colleges to engage and follow the developments of this inspirational engineering adventure.”
Duncan Mackison, from Serco said: "Our pioneering partnership with Glasgow City Council presents a wonderful opportunity for us to provide Scottish youngsters with their first chance to see another pioneering initiative that is most definitely at the cutting edge of 21st Century engineering. As one of the main sponsors of the exciting and iconic Bloodhound Project we have arranged for the full size replica of the 1,000mph World Land Speed record car to make its first appearance north of the border at the iconic Riverside Museum, here in the Engineering capital of Scotland. I am sure everyone will be enthralled at the technological challenges and supersonic aspirations of the Bloodhound project team. And, by hosting special activities and workshops for local schools to coincide with the visit, I am confident this initiative will prove to be inspirational for the next generation of Scottish engineers, scientists and technologists."