Town’s technical college set to host land speed record car


Engineers behind a British attempt to smash the land speed record will be hosting a series of workshops for schools at the Daventry UTC.

The team behind the Bloodhound Supersonic Car, which is aiming to break the 1,000mph barrier next year, will be enthralling children at the UTC, off Ashby Road, from September 15 to 26.

Children will have the opportunity to get hands-on with a full-scale interactive educational model of the Bloodhound and even get behind the wheel of the Bloodhound driving simulator.

As well as workshops for local schools, the college is holding an open day from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, September 20, to give members of the public a chance to find out more about the team’s incredible world record attempt.

The Bloodhound project is aiming to break the 1,000mph land speed record and inspire future engineers. The team expects to have the car ready for low-speed testing – about 200mph – in Cornwall next summer.

UTC principal David Edmondson said: “We are extremely honoured the Bloodhound team has chosen to visit Daventry and has allowed our college to be their host.

“This is a unique opportunity for local schools as well as the public to find out more about this incredible feat of British engineering.

“At Daventry UTC we aim to bring a fresh and modern approach to education and we hope events such as this will help inspire the next generation of engineers. All our other industry partners will also be participating in what promises to be an exciting two weeks at the college.”

Local schools wishing to take part in the Bloodhound workshops can contact the college on 01327 877684.