An engineer behind The Bloodhound Project’s land-speed record attempt will head to the North East later this month to address crowds at an innovation conference.

Mark Chapman, Engineering Director for The Bloodhound Project, will speak to delegates about the importance of STEM subjects for driving jobs and skills, not only for future generations of innovators on Teesside, but the region’s current workforce at VentureFest Tees Valley at Wynyard Hall. Andy Green, pilot for The Bloodhound Project. The team’s car is piloted by ex-RAF fighter pilot

Andy Green, from Hartlepool. “I’m delighted to have been asked to speak at VentureFest Tees Valley”, Mark said.

“The region has real standing in the manufacturing process and engineering industries, with some truly innovative efforts coming out of both established and growing firms. “As well as breaking both the sound barrier and the land-speed record, The Bloodhound Project is all about inspiring young people to seek out careers in STEM subjects, and Teesside is home to real opportunity in these areas.”

Andy Green, pilot for The Bloodhound Project. The vehicle at the centre of the project is the BLOODHOUND SSC, a supersonic car designed to cover one mile in just 3.6 seconds by travelling at more than 1,000mph. Already, it has been tested with a series of events in Newquay at the end of 2017, reaching more than 200mph. In October 2018, the car will be shipped to a purpose-built track in South Africa where the team are targeting 500mph, an important milestone in their journey to break the land-speed record.

When completed the car will consist of 35,000 parts, many of which have been custom-designed and manufactured, with a mix of both automotive and aircraft technology. Driven by a jet engine and a rocket, it will produce more than 135,000 horsepower, six times the combined power of all Formula 1 cars on a starting grid put together. Simon Green, Director at VentureFest Tees Valley, said: “VentureFest is all about inspiring greatness through innovation, and the BLOODHOUND SSC is a standout example of how a big idea can set in motion a stream of innovation that could ultimately impact on a whole range of industrial sectors.

“Mark is a great addition to our already impressive line-up of national and local speakers and I’m looking forward to hearing him share his experience of working on a truly unique project.

Thanks to the Hartlepool Mail for this insight.