Following a seven-month period of hibernation while the pandemic caused global uncertainty, the Bloodhound Land Speed Record project is back in business, with a prime-time documentary detailing their successful 628mph (1010km/h) High Speed Testing campaign scheduled to air on Channel 4 at 18:00 on Saturday, 14th November.
Building The World’s Fastest Car, follows the team’s fortunes as they deployed to the Kalahari Desert in South Africa for six weeks in autumn 2019. The programme charts the highs and lows as the team attempts to run the car on the desert racetrack, building speeds, and learning about the destructive impact of supersonic airflow, ahead of a concerted attempt to break the World Land Speed Record.
UWE Bristol became involved with The BLOODHOUND Project very early on when Dr John Lanham, Head of the Department of Design & Engineering at the time, assisted John Piper, The BLOODHOUND Project’s Chief Engineer, to establish a base at UWE for the early design work, access to UWE resources, and the production of a full scale model of the car.
Staff from the Engineering Design and Mathematics (EDM) department at UWE also established a Higher Education programme, BLOODHOUND@University, an online resource allowing young engineers to get involved with the development of the BLOODHOUND supersonic car. The web based project shared a range of data with undergraduate and postgraduate students at universities across the UK encouraging them to get involved with this unique real-life project and work to solve the problems raised by the BLOODHOUND engineering team. The education programme also engaged with local primary and secondary schools, giving students the opportunity to experience engineering design first hand.
The BLOODHOUND Project is an iconic adventure that pushes technology to its limit and provides a fantastic opportunity to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. During its 10-year development phase, huge numbers have been excited by the Bloodhound story and motivated to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and pursue STEM careers. You can hear more about the impact of the project from UWE students in the following video.
You can find more information on the BLOODHOUND LSR Project and its related education activities here.