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Gloucestershire firm’s key role in Bloodhound car 1,000mph world record bid

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Written by: Robin Jenkins | Posted 27 October 2017 7:20

Gloucestershire firm’s key role in Bloodhound car 1,000mph world record bid
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Staff from Gloucestershire engineering company Renishaw have made the steering wheel and nose tip of a car that could break the world land speed record and go 1,000mph.

Bloodhound SSC will take to the runway for its first test in Newquay, Cornwall today.

Renishaw, based at Wotton-under-Edge, has been named as a stripe sponsor for the car, donating a six-figure sum, and is also an education sponsor for the project.

The sponsorship builds on Renishaw’s work to manufacture crucial components on the car. It has been involved as a product sponsor since 2013, using its additive manufacturing expertise to create the titanium nose tip, which will be the first part of the car to cross the finish line, on its own metal additive manufacturing system.

The company has also made the car’s titanium steering wheel, designed specifically to match the contours of driver Andy Green’s hands.

 
The cockpit of the Bloodhound SSC
The cockpit of the Bloodhound SSC (Image: ©Simon Galloway 2017 © SWNS.com)

As a part of its new sponsorship package, Renishaw representatives will attend the Newquay Public Day on Saturday and Education Day on Monday to support the project’s goal of inspiring a new generation of engineers.

The company already offers an extensive education outreach programme across South Wales and Gloucestershire to encourage young people into engineering. Earlier this year, it held a Bloodhound open day at its Gloucestershire headquarters, where 150 primary school children were able to see a full-scale model of the car to get them excited and engaged with the project.

“The car is an incredible feat of engineering and as the only UK manufacturer of metal additive manufacturing machines, it is fantastic to contribute to the iconic project both technically and financially,” explained Chris Pockett, head of communications at Renishaw.

 
Bloodhound SSC at Renishaw
Bloodhound SSC at Renishaw

“Landmark projects have in the past had a demonstrable impact on engaging young people in science and engineering. This high-profile project is sure to inspire young people across the globe.”

“The Bloodhound SSC is a flagship UK engineering project,” said Tony Parraman, head of sponsor liaison at The Bloodhound Project.

“Working alongside some of the best in British engineering has enabled us to incorporate new and innovative technologies, like additive manufacturing, into the car itself.”

“Renishaw has excelled as a product sponsor so far, overcoming technical challenges in pressure and weight to produce components for the car,” continued Parraman.

“Now, we are taking them on board as a stripe sponsor to strengthen this bond and add the company’s valuable support to our education outreach projects.”

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