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Motor Vehicle students build fastest car at Solent LEP event

Our Motor Vehicle students recently attended the Solent Skills Summit 2015, which involved building a rocket-propelled car similar to the design by the Bloodhound Project Team.

The Bloodhound Project is a global engineering project that centres around BLOODHOUND SSC, a supersonic car that is designed to go faster than the speed of sound. The car itself is approximately 13.4m long and weights 7.5 tonnes, with carbon fibre at the front and metallic framework at the rear. 

The car plans to smash the World Land Speed record of 1,000 mph, and is powered by both a jet engine and a rocket. 

The Bloodhound Project team were on site at the Solent Skills event, which aimed to bring together business, training and education communities to inspire future generations of scientists and engineers. Students from Eastleigh College attended the second day of the event, which took place at the CEMAST Campus in Lee-on-Solent. 

Competing against other Colleges from the area, students were split into groups and required to build a car using connex kits, which needed to be propelled by a rocket using compressed air. 

We're delighted to announce that our Blue Meon group built the fastest car in their session, which means that they may win the chance to have their team name written on the tail fin of the Blue Thunder Car once it completes the world record attempt!

This was a great opportunity for the students to take part in a project that ties in with current engineering research, and enables them to apply and demonstrate the skills learned on their Motor Vehicle course.

We look forward to hearing whether the team will get their name on the BLOODHOUND SSC car!