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2013-10-01 14:04

PUSHING THE ENVELOPE: In 1983 Richard Noble piloted his Thrust2 to a then world record speed of 1019.47km/h. In 2015 (or 2016) he hopes to set another land-speed record, this time with the Bloodhound SSC in SA. Image: BLOODHOUND SSC

Bloodhound supersonic car project chief Richard Noble celebrates a special anniversary in October 2013 - it's been 30 years since he set a then world speed record of 1019.47km/h in the Nevada Desert.

LONDON, England - Former land speed record holder and leader of the Bloodhound Supersonic Car Project will on October 4 2013 celebrate the 30th anniversary of his taking Thrust2 to a then world record speed of 1019.47km/h in the Nevada desert.

Video: Richard Noble discusses Bloodhound project

He went on to direct the Thrust Supersonic Car (SSC) campaign which, in 1997, culminated in Royal Air Force fighter pilot Andy Green becoming the first person to break the sound barrier on land. That record of 1227.99km/h stands.


The Bloodhound Project builds on the legacy of Thrust 2 and Thrust SSC, combining space, aeronautic and Formula 1 technologies to cross a measured mile in only 3.6 seconds. The attempt could take place in 2015 or 2016 on Hakskeenpan near Mier in the Northern Cape.

Going fast is not the team’s main objective. It will use Bloodhound to showcase science, technology, engineering and mathematics to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists.

Dave Rowley, Bloodhound education director in South Africa, says more than 45 000 South African children in 368 schools have been introduced to the project. Bloodhound educational material is already used in 5500 schools in the UK.

Rowley said: “All the data and videos on the research, design, manufacturing and testing of the car are being shared free with as many students, educators, schools and members of the public as possible so we’d like schools to contact us to join and learn from this endeavour."


He hopes to have registered 1000 participating schools by the end of 2014, 300 of which will be in the Northern Cape.

“It’s much more than just breaking a land speed record, rather its about showing children there’s fun to be had in understanding the science and maths behind the car’s aerodynamics, the rocket’s chemistry and the way in which Andy Green will handle the considerable g-forces during his two-minute run."

For more information click here or follow the project on Twitter or Facebook.

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