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Insight into the car that will travel at 1,000mph

Exciting plans to create a record-breaking car capable of speeds in excess of 1,000mph were described to an audience in Cranleigh.

The community science event, which was held at Glebelands School, was given an insider's take on the Bloodhound Super Sonic Car (SSC) Project, described as an "engineering adventure to inspire future generations."  The engineering challenge, which is headed by Richard Noble, is to produce the first 1,000mph car.

Project representative and the 1K Club President, Ian Glover, amazed the crowd with the achievements of UK engineering, the first country in the world to produce a truly super sonic car with Thrust SSC.

He explained the engineering feat that is in front of the team as it creates a car capable of speeds of over 1,000mph, pushing materials to the limits of their tolerance and performance. The Bloodhound car is effectively a rocket/jet-powered aircraft, but with wheels instead of wings, as a result the driver is former RAF fighter pilot Andy Green.

The talk described the extreme conditions that travelling at these speeds has on the body and the difficulties in keeping a car which is equivalent in power to 180 Formula 1 cars, on the track and in the right direction.

"Members of the local community and students were left with a real sense of wonder and groups of Glebelands students were heard discussing the car the following day," said a school spokesman.

Glebelands, a specialist science and maths college, will be keeping up to date with the advances in the project.

More information about the car, can be found at their website

Source - Surrey Advertiser