The actual 1000mph BLOODHOUND is still in the works. But the project has already resulted in a model car that broke the world speed record!
The 13 and 14 year olds students of Joseph Leckie Community Technology College in Walsall who have studied BLOODHOUND SuperSonic Car in great detail before designing and developing a scale model rocket car (part of BLOODHOUND Education Programme), managed to hit 88.89 mph. That’s scale speed of 259 mph. The 52 cm balsawood model was fitted with D-Class Estes rocket motors and fired 100 metres along a high tensile wire, through the timing gates and into the record books.
The record is officially certified by Guinness World Record. So, if a 52cm model of the BLOODHOUND is capable f this, the full scale model should easily be able to hit 1000 mph!
Head teacher Keith Whittlestone said “This project has captured the imagination of staff and students, not only with in the technology faculty but in the college as a whole. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to be engaged in practical projects which enables them to better understand complex scientific engineering and mathematical principles at first hand, therefore increasing the relevancy of the curriculum, improving interest and motivation of our students which will hopefully lead to higher levels of examination results.”
13 year old Ibrahim Al-Hassan said “It’s awesome to have broken the record after working on the car all term. We can’t wait to build a faster one next year”.
This record could also provoke other schools to engage into the programme and try and build a faster one.