Supersonic car inspires Backwell pupils

PUBLISHED: 13:00 07 May 2011

Backwell Secondary School. Bloodhound supersonic car visiting school to inspire pupils to take up science and engineering.

Backwell Secondary School. Bloodhound supersonic car visiting school to inspire pupils to take up science and engineering.

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Supersonic car inspires Backwell pupils

A LIFE-size model of a 1,000mph car visited Backwell School to inspire pupils to take more of an interest in engineering.

The Bristol-based British world land speed record attempt team visited the school and let students, primary school pupils and members of the community have a look round a model of the Bloodhound SuperSonic car before talking about their record attempt and how they designed the vehicle.

The team will be taking the car to the hakskeen pan desert in South Africa in 2013 in a bid to break the current world land speed record of 793mph and reach speeds of 1,000mph.

Gregory Brees, joint head of design and technology at the school, said: “We wanted to inspire the young people to become more keen to learn subjects such as engineering, science, maths and technology. They really enjoyed the visit.”

Two former pupils from Backwell School, Matthew Ohman and James Eelbeck, were part of the team which designed the car.

The Thrust SuperSonic Car reached the top land speed of 763mph in 1997 with Andy Green at the controls. Andy Green will be driving Bloodhound SSC when he attempts to smash his own record in 2013.

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