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4th April 2012, 9:50am  (updated 4th April 2012, 9:54am)
Supersonic Bloodhound makes pit stop at School of Engineering
Bloodhound supersonic vehicle A replica of The Bloodhound, the 42 foot supersonic car which will attempt to set a new world land speed record in South Africa later this year, will be on display at the School of Engineering on Monday 9 April.

The Bloodhound Team will also run a series of workshops designed to inspire the next generation of engineers and an evening session for anyone wanting to know more about the technical challenges they have faced.

The visit is organised by the Lincolnshire Engineers Panel (LEP), which includes the region’s representatives of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) together with the University of Lincoln’s School of Engineering. All are hoping that the event will make a lasting impression on aspiring young engineers.

Paul Ellerton from the LEP said: “Engineering has always been part of Lincoln’s heritage and we wanted to find a way of inspiring Lincolnshire’s next generation of engineers and scientists. We thought this could be achieved by giving children and adults the opportunity to find out more about the challenges engineers are overcoming in going for a land speed record.”

To claim the record the vehicle, which is currently under development, will have to better the speed of 763mph (1,228km/h) set by the Thrust Supersonic Car in 1997. It is believed that Bloodhound's superior aerodynamic shape, allied to the immense power of its Falcon hybrid rocket and Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine, will take the car beyond 1,000mph (1,610km/h). That is faster than a bullet shot from a hand gun.

During the Easter Monday visit, children aged 7-13 will be able to build and race a balloon powered vehicle. Whilst their children are busy, parents are encouraged to attend guided tours of the School of Engineering. The car will be on display from 10:30am.

For those wanting to find out more about the engineering challenges behind the project, there will also be an evening technical presentation delivered by a member of the Bloodhound Team, discussing the car’s power systems, aerodynamics, and control systems.  The session will run from 5:30pm to 8pm on Monday 9 April at the University’s Jackson Lecture Theatre, in the main building on the Brayford Campus. The session is free and open to all.

Sponsors of the event include: University of Lincoln School of Engineering, Engineering and Construction Lincoln College, Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd, Dynex Semiconductor Ltd, Rakon UK Limited, Greenray Turbines (Lincoln) Ltd,  Eminox Ltd and the City of Lincoln Council.

To find out more or book on to one of the sessions - which start at 11am, 1:15pm, and 2:30pm - please email or call Jen Smith on 01522 837930.

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