Race for the Line

Race for the Line

The Bloodhound SSC are hoping to inspire the next generation with their STEM competition 'Race for the Line' that sees Year 7 pupils across the country build and race rocket cars.

Royal Hospital School launched the project with a visit from Mike Ford, Bloodhound SSC engineer and TEDx speaker. As part of the team behind the 135,000 bhp rocket car, Mike was able to explain the science behind going supersonic and what kind of design and engineering challenges they face when going at 1,000mph. Next, he introduced the pupil rocket cars crafted from blocks of foam, cut to the shape and size they choose and fitted with axles, wheels and eyelets on the underside to hold it on the guide wire.

Our pupils will all build their cars next Wednesday and race and time them the following day with potential speeds reaching 55mph. The top cars will be entered into a regional final taking place in May and depending on performance advance to the national competition in June. Finalists will also win the unique prize of having the school's name added to the tail fin of the Bloodhound SSC.

Mark Edmondson, project leader commented, "It's a fantastic challenge and real-world application of STEM for pupils to get excited about and experiment with. They'll have to think about aerodynamics, resistance and friction and how tiny adjustments that lead to marginal gains can make big differences at these speed and distances. It involves all Year 7 pupils so is totally inclusive and gives everybody the opportunity to have a try and learn something new."