1,000mph car visits Chichester

A car which is hoped will be able to travel four-and-a-half football pitches in one second wowed the public at Chichester College this week.

A prototype of the Bloodhound SSC, which is hoped will smash the world land speed record next year by travelling 1,000mph, spent four days at the college inspiring students and visiting schoolchildren.

The 13.4m-long car took more than an hour to get into position outside the front of the college on Monday night, but the challenging lift was worth the wait for the hundreds of school children who got a glimpse of it on Tuesday at the event’s opening.

Central Junior’s School pupils were the first to set eyes on it, and two were lucky enough to have a go in a computer simulator which replicates the car journey along the Northern Cape of South Africa where the record attempt will take place.

Headteacher Andrew Goff said: “It was amazing. All the children were fascinated by it.

“They were very interested and remembered all the facts.

“I would liked to have taken more children and spent longer there. We talked about it when we got back to the school and encouraged others to afterwards.”

After marvelling at the car the schoolchildren were given a talk and were able to explore an interactive exhibition of science, maths, engineering and design put on by students and their lecturers at the college.

Principal of Chichester College, Shelagh Legrave said: “It’s a way of inspiring young people to see the art of potential. We have invited all the local schools, we have got local businesses coming to look at it as well.

“It links in with our engineering department here which is doing some really exciting things itself, as well as science and maths department.

“We have been planning for it for a while.”

The vehicle will be attempting to break the world record in Hakskeen Pan in South Africa next year, and it has been a long build up for the events team who have been busy touring the country to share their project.

Events manager Stella Diamond said: “We take this on the road to 150 events a year. It’s doing thousands of miles and it’s not even got an engine.

“We are going to colleges like this and doing business breakfasts, getting the local community involved and the schools, and on average are speaking to more than 1,000 students each time.”

The driver of the Bloodhound is Andy Green, a man no stranger to speed.

By day he is a fighter pilot for the RAF, and in his spare time he is chasing the dream of beating his own land speed record.

Mr Green was behind the wheels of Thrust SSC which broke the land speed record in 1997 by reaching 763mph.

He also holds the record for the fastest diesel car in the world, which was the JCB DIESELMAX, a vehicle powered by a pair of JCB digger engines to a speed of 350mph.

For more information about the project visit www.bloodhoundssc.com