MORE than 100 school pupils were ‘inspired’ by the world’s fastest car after it sped into South Yorkshire.
The ground-breaking Bloodhound Super Sonic Car - designed to reach speeds of up to 1,000 miles an hour - was at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing.
The car is Britain’s latest attempt to smash the world land speed record in South Africa next year, carrying parts manufactured and tested at the centre in Catcliffe.
It is powered by jet, hybrid rocket and Formula One engines.
The centre’s advanced structural test centre is calibrating a ring used to monitor thrust from the rocket engine while the machining group is producing a number of gearbox components.
Phil Spiers, head of the advanced structural test centre, said: “The future of our economy depends on the UK, as a nation, being able to engineer and manufacture.
“When I was 13 years old, Thrust 2 inspired me to follow a career in engineering.
“Some 30 years later, the Bloodhound project is doing the same for the next generation of engineers.
“It is a privilege to be involved with the adventure.”
Pupils from Brinsworth Academy in Rotherham, The City School in Sheffield and Norton Junior School in Doncaster were among those who enjoyed the chance of a lifetime.
They made their own balloon-powered models and experienced a ride in the Bloodhound in a virtual reality simulator.
They also heard from entrepreneur Ruth Amos, who won Young Engineer for Britain in 2006, in a motivational speech.