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Advanced Composites Group joins the Bloodhound SSC Land Speed Record Team

  • Monday, 24th January 2011
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Composite materials, tooling, and the design and component manufacturing capability of Advanced Composites Group are being provided to the Bloodhound Project, an international education initiative focussed around a 1000mph land speed record attempt.

Using ACGs prepreg materials, Advanced Composites Engineering (ACE), the Groups engineering division, will manufacture the entire front section of the car, constructing the master models and tooling from which critical elements of the cars bodywork and structural components, such as the monocoque and nose, will be produced. ACE will also manufacture the air intake and rear wheel fairings.

Mark Chapman, Chief Engineer for the Bloodhound Project said, It was clear very early on that we could build a strong and creative partnership with the ACG team. We valued their input from the start when they helped us optimise our designs to make best use of ACGs composites capabilities. Were looking forward to working with them closely in the coming months as we move beyond the design phase and actually build Bloodhound the worlds ultimate racing car.

The plan may be for Bloodhound SSC to travel faster than a bullet, but speed is not the cars only raison detre. On the contrary, the car is the focal point of an education programme which it is hoped will inspire a generation of young people to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM subjects), show-casing these disciplines in the most exciting way possible.

The car is designed to break the world land speed record of 763.035mph (measured over a mile), set by Andy Green in ThrustSSC on October 15, 1997 in the Black Rock Desert, USA. Green, a Royal Air Force fighter pilot by day, will be at the wheel of Bloodhound SSC in 2012 when the team starts its programme of high speed runs on the Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape, South Africa.

Nearly 5000 UK schools in the UK have already signed up to use Bloodhound curriculum-ready resources to bring their science and maths lessons to life. This number is expected to grow dramatically once the car has been built. In addition, six million teachers world-wide will have access to the Project via Intels Skools initiative.

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