Army engineers to help build record-breaking car

Bloodhound is the ground-breaking UK project which aims to design and build a car capable of reaching 1,000mph (1,600km/h), eclipsing the current British land speed record of 763mph (1,228km/h) set by the Thrust SuperSonic Car in 1997.

The announcement follows the signing of a concordat between the MOD and the Bloodhound Project by Defence Minister Philip Dunne and Bloodhound Director Richard Noble, which outlines their commitment to work together to achieve common goals. This includes promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the UK and raising the profile of Science and Technology in Defence.

Bloodhound incorporates many advanced technologies with direct relevance to the Armed Forces, ranging from materials and structures through to control systems and data management. The revolutionary technology being built into Bloodhound today paves the way for the equipment that will be protecting our Armed Forces tomorrow.

A team of five REME engineers will assist in the construction and maintenance of the car over the next two years and will be vital to the success of the project both in the UK and during the record attempts in South Africa in 2013 and 2014.

The REME engineers will work alongside Royal Air Force pilot Wing Commander Andy Green who will drive the new car, powered by a Typhoon jet engine and a hybrid rocket, during the record attempts. He holds the current land speed record as the driver of the Thrust SuperSonic Car.

Philip Dunne, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, said, "I am delighted to sign this concordat with the Bloodhound Project today. Bloodhound is an inspirational project that will have a lasting legacy for the UK by inspiring future generations into careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. These are essential skills to British industry, particularly within the Defence sector, and it is vital that we nurture them.

"This is also a great opportunity for the Army's mechanical engineers to share experience and develop their skills whilst working on this innovative technology here in the UK. That experience will feed directly back into the front line as they progress through their Army careers.

Craftsman Rob Fenn, aged 19, is a member of the REME support team. He said, "I have come through the apprentice system and have been lucky to have been picked to work on the most awe-inspiring engineering project where I can use the skills I have learned to build the world's fastest car. For me, Bloodhound is rocket-powered professional development. I have no doubt that this will boost my career and open my eyes to the most incredible science and engineering."