By Nesta Griffiths—Year 9
On the 26th of February Truro School held an interschool competition and presentation on the Bloodhound car, which next year will break the record for the fastest car. This competition was for several schools around Cornwall to enter. Students were put into groups of 3-5 and had to create a car out of a K-NEX style building material, the car that could go the fastest (with help from compressed air) winning. However, this competition had an incredible prize; the winning team would have their team name painted on the back of the real Bloodhound car!
The Bloodhound car will take one man one mile in 3.6 seconds at 1000mph. It seems impossible that a car could go this fast, and it will take a lot of preparation to ensure Andy Green will be safe when driving the car on the 12.5 mile strip of land at Vernpuk Pan near Cape Town in South Africa, which is the flattest place on Earth. One of the safety precautions was that there could not be a rock larger than a peanut on the test track. This is because if the car has a collision with even a tiny rock, the damage it could cause would be the equivalent to a bullet. So to ensure the driver is safe, the local community have picked up by hand every single tiny stone on the strip of land, and have been gifted with an incredible set up of 4G and water provision locally to thank them for their work. The only test run the Bloodhound will have in the UK is right here in Cornwall, in Newquay Aero Hub.
Richard Lander had three teams including the Lander Panders, which was the team I was in, and who came third in the entire competition. The whole school is very proud of our team and has supported us. I felt that it was an incredible and inspiring experience and I loved every minute of it. After the event, Molly Short from year 9 said:
‘I think that after today I will definitely follow the car on its trip to South Africa on the website and I really want to know how it does.’