Town’s role in land speed record bid

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IT travels faster than a speeding bullet - and Hartlepool is playing a part in it.

It is the new sleek car which will be used in a bid to set a new world land speed record.

And the steel which is being used in the rear of the Bloodhound SuperSonic Car (SSC) project has been processed in Hartlepool.

The exciting bid to reach 1,000mph – which is faster than a speeding bullet – has been revealed by Bloodhound’s team of experts and bosses at Tata Steel.

So far, the car has been constructed in a show form and the building project for the real thing has now been launched.

Bloodhound will use steel plate manufactured by Tata Steel’s plants around the country and processed at the Hartlepool plant in Brenda Road.

All the steel was delivered to an engineering firm in Stockport which is using the plate and box section to help build a 20ft-long chassis assembly frame.

It will be part of the rear of the car, which will house a Eurofighter Typhoon jet engine, a rocket engine and a Formula 1 engine.

Tata Steel’s long products business director, Jon Bolton, said: “This is a ground-breaking challenge that will push engineering boundaries to the limit.

“Tata Steel is proudly supporting this record-breaking attempt by supplying high quality, high-strength steel which has been further processed at a number of our UK plants.

“Not only will the Bloodhound project set a new standard for British engineering excellence, it will also help to excite and enthuse the next generation of engineers and scientists, so critical to the future success of UK manufacturing.

“We share the Bloodhound team’s ambition to inspire young people in engineering, and we’re proud to have contributed to this world-record breaking attempt which will increase awareness of the exciting world of engineering.”

Conor La Grue, product sponsorship lead for Bloodhound SSC, said: “The steel has been used to build the frame on which the rear part of the car will be built.

“It’s a high accuracy fixture that ensures we will build a rear section that’s exactly the right size and shape. The same fixture will then be modified to build the top rear chassis and body of the car in the middle of next year.

“The Bloodhound project is hugely complex – more complicated than building a spaceship, so it was great to be able to have had such a speedy response from Tata Steel after we explained what we needed.”