It has not been the fastest start to 2016 for the Bloodhound SSC team, who announced earlier this month that they have had to delay their record-breaking attempt to become the fastest vehicle on the planet until 2017. But not to let that setback slow them down, the Bristol-based speedsters are ramping up the effort to get the world into top gear and backing the project.
Speaking in their supporters’ newsletter, project director and former land speed record-holder Richard Noble launched an initiative inviting fans of the project to submit their selfies to be permanently printed on the side of the Bloodhound SSC. For £50 per square centimetre, they are offering the chance to submit a photo that will appear up to 4cmx4cms on the bodywork of the car. That way, when it smashes its way through the sound barrier you can have a front row seat (of sorts).
It’s not only cars that they’re planning to get up to top speed; it’s also the brains of British children. Having engaged with around 100,000 children in schools across the country, their Model Rocket Car competition has been selected as the flagship activity for BBC micro:bit initiative, aimed at getting children into STEM.
Admitting that the project has had a few bumps in the road towards the land speed record, the newsletter ends with some inspiring words from one of the greatest Britons, Winston Churchill.
"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm"
We can’t wait to see the Bloodhound SSC in action, so good luck from us!