Coventry & Warwickshire

Land speed record visit to 'encourage girl engineers'

Richard Noble at the Westward Academy in Coventry
Image caption Richard Noble visited the Westward Academy in Coventry to talk to pupils

Children have been encouraged to back a new land speed attempt on the 30th anniversary of a British team breaking a world record.

Land speed pilot Richard Noble has been in Coventry to use the record attempt to encourage children, especially girls, to pursue engineering.

A new car, Bloodhound SSC, is being built to exceed 1,000mph (1,609km/h) at a cost of £40m.

The project is involving 5,500 schools across the country.

Mr Noble piloted the jet-powered car Thrust 2 which broke the world land speed record in 1983 by reaching 633mph (1,018km/h).

He visited the Westward Academy in Coventry to support a lesson on aerodynamics and stability, helping pupils to make their own air-propelled cars.

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Media captionRichard Noble says the Bloodhound super sonic car project is going well

He said he hoped Bloodhound would inspire engineers of the future.

Mr Noble said: "We've got a very big problem in Britain - according to Vince Cable we're the worst in Europe in terms of our engineers - only 10% are women, which is a disgrace.

"So we're trying to encourage as many girls as possible to join us."

Bloodhound is due to make a new record attempt in 2015.

The current record it aims to beat is 763mph (1,227km/h).

This was set in 1997 by the Thrust SSC, which is displayed at the Coventry Transport Museum.

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