West Norfolk teens to set world record with rocket-powered cars

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West Norfolk teens are getting the opportunity to build their own rocket-powered car and bid for a world speed record thanks to a Lynn charity.

Open Road, a charity dedicated to helping youngsters into a career in motor engineering, is offering up to 120 places on the Bloodhouns supersonic car project for 13 to 16-year-olds to design, build and race their own rocket-powered cars in a bid to smash a Guinness World Record.

Terry Smith, a trustee of the Rollesby Road-based charity, said: “It’s something that’s attractive to the youngsters - the idea of something developed specifically for a land speed record. For those young people to get a chance to be a part of it will motivate them and expand their knowledge.”

Bloodhound SSC is the supersonic car being developed to travel at more than 1,000mph, covering a mile in just 3.6 seconds and boasting 135,000 horsepower - more than six times the power of all the Formula 1 cars on a starting grid combined.

Bloodhound education director Aulden Dunipace said: “Bloodhound is the most extreme engineering project out there and we get to link it directly with classroom learning. The Model Rocket Car Challenge brings real world science, technology, engineering and mathematics into the classroom.”

Two separate sessions will run from 9am and 12.30pm on Thursday, July 7, with presentations at the end of each session, while a presentation will be given by the Bloodhound team at 6.30pm. Anyone interested in signing up for the workshops, or attending the evening presentation, should call 01553 776600 or email office@openroadtraining.co.uk