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Local businesses are invited to an event celebrating National Apprenticeship Week – marked at Derby College by the arrival of a supersonic jet and rocket powered car that is aiming to break the World Land Speed Record.

The full size BLOODHOUND SSC (Super Sonic Car) show car will visit make its first visit to the East Midlands and take centre stage in The Roundhouse, the flagship of Derby College’s vocational campus, as part of the week.

On Wednesday, 9th February local businesses will be invited to a breakfast meeting where they will meet Wing Commander Andy Green, an RAF fighter pilot and current holder of the World Land Speed Record who will attempt to break the record again in BLOODHOUND SSC.

BLOODHOUND SSC is the ultimate racing car. Propelled by a state of the art jet and custom-designed rocket that produce the equivalent of 133,000ehp (or 180 F1 cars), it will cover the measured mile in just 3.5 seconds. Its top speed of 1050mph is faster than a bullet from a .357 Magnum handgun.


The BLOODHOUND project team is currently preparing a track in the Hakskeen Pan desert in the remote North West corner of South Africa where they plan to make the world’s first 1,000 mph land speed record attempt later this year.

Derby College Principal David Croll explained: “It is very appropriate that the BLOODHOUND SSC full size show car will make its first visit to the East Midlands and be installed in The Roundhouse which was at the heart of railway engineering and innovation in the 19th century.

“For our students and particularly the apprentices who will be coming to College to find out more about the future opportunities, it will showcase the wide range of skills that have been involved in building this incredible car and hopefully illustrate to them that they can achieve anything that they put their minds to.”

The BLOODHOUND Project is sponsored by Nottingham based, Protocol National, the largest provider of outsourced recruitment solutions to the FE Sector.

Protocol National Business Development Manager David Beynon said: “The BLOODHOUND SSC show car has been greeted with amazement and excitement wherever it has visited.

“We are delighted that it will form the basis of National Apprenticeship Week celebrations at Derby College to engage learners and inspire a generation to pursue the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics on its first visit to the East Midlands region.”

To book a place at the business breakfast, please email lara.knifton@derby-college.ac.uk

Media enquiries: Sarah Jenkin-Jones, PR Officer, Derby College, Tel: 07951 945 665; sarah.jenkin-jones@derby-college.ac.uk

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