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World’s fastest car drives into Magna

The world’s fastest car, Bloodhound, is coming to Magna as part of a giant careers fair.

Bloodhound SSC, which travels faster than a speeding bullet, will be at Magna this month at the annual Get Up To Speed event, which is aimed at getting young people into engineering, manufacturing and technology.

The car is being built to attempt to set a new 1,000 mph land speed record in South Africa later this year. Its construction is being followed by school children across the globe in a project designed to stimulate interest in science.

The Get Up To Speed event, which is the biggest of its kind in Yorkshire, is supported by both Rotherham and Sheffield councils and organised by Sheffield-based charity the work-wise Foundation. The event on April 20 is free to attend, and is open to schools and the public from 10am to 6pm, with a business networking event in the evening.

The headline sponsors are Tata Steel and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Last year, the event attracted nearly 2,000 people when it was held at Magna.

John Barber, of the work-wise Foundation, said: “Getting Bloodhound to the event is a real coup. It really is the ultimate demonstration of British engineering and technology and it’s amazing to think that many of the parts for the car are designed and manufactured here in the Sheffield City Region.

“We hope that the students and business people who see it will be inspired by what is a truly remarkable piece of engineering.”

Bloodhound will be on display throughout the event and a member of the car’s development team will be speaking at the networking event from 5pm to 8pm.

The super-sonic car, which can cover a mile in just 3.6 seconds, is a mix of car and aircraft technology. It is powered by both a jet engine and a rocket, which together will produce more than 135,000 horsepower, which is more than six times the power of all the Formula 1 cars on a starting grid put together.

John Silker, chief executive of Magna, said: “We get some fantastic, inspirational events coming to Magna, and this has to be one of the most exciting. It also feels very apt that this building, which at one time housed the biggest steel works in Europe, is now welcoming the fastest car in the world.

“Industry has moved on, but Magna still plays a part in inspiring the scientists and engineers of the future.”

Magna is housed in the former Templeborough steelworks near junction 34 of the M1. It is an award-winning visitor attraction, with more than 100 hands-on exhibits designed to explore the four elements of air, water, earth and fire. It also hosts regular school trips and offers corporate venue space for events catering for five people up to 5,000.

Other sponsors at the Get Up To Speed event include Santander, AESSEAL and Made in Sheffield. Exhibitors include Dearne Valley College, Barnsley College, Chesterfield College, Rolls Royce, Naylor Industries, Lavender International, AMRC Training Centre, Chesterfield Special Cylinders, Tinsley Bridge and both Sheffield universities.

Bloodhound car
Bloodhound car


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