A chance to switch on to engineering

A chance to switch on to engineering

Youngsters are being invited to be a part of history by designing the keys for the fastest car in the world, the Bloodhound Supersonic.

The aim of the design contest is to fire up pupils about careers in science, technology, engineering and maths, with the winning entry manufactured by the British Army Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers team and then used to power up the 1,000mph car for its attempts to break the land speed record.

Army reservist craftsman Liz Brown will lead the team constructing the key.

“This competition gives kids a unique opportunity to engage with engineering — it’s science fiction made real,” she says. “I wish I had something like this when I was younger.”

The winners will make a VIP trip to Bloodhound’s technical centre in Bristol to watch their key’s manufacture, as well as receive a goodie bag.

The Bloodhound will use a jet engine and rocket motor in its aim to speed past the current land speed record holder, ThrustSSC, which achieved 763.035mph in 1997.

Visit www.bloodhoundssc.com/design-the-key to enter. The closing date is July 24