Rolls-Royce will provide trained ambassadors to help spread the message of the Bloodhound Project land speed record attempt.
The aerospace giant today confirmed it had agreed to provide 56 trained Rolls-Royce Bloodhound ambassadors to assist school teachers across the country in delivering Bloodhound-themed lessons, at an event for staff and Bloodhound team members at their Filton site in Bristol.
The firm will also provide financial and technical support for the project. A Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet engine will also be used in conjunction with a custom-designed hybrid rocket to propel the car to over 1,000mph and the firm’s logo will now be displayed on the engine cowlings.
Colin Smith, director of engineering and technology at Rolls-Royce, said: “Cutting edge engineering keeps Rolls-Royce, and the UK, at the forefront of global business.
“We understand the fundamental importance of inspiring young people about STEM and know that more needs to be done. Sponsoring Bloodhound gives us an opportunity to showcase world-class British engineering and invest in our future.”
In its normal role the The EJ200 engine generates 20,000lb 90kN thrust to power the twin-engined Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft.
In 2008 Rolls-Royce became an early adopter of the project, formally deciding to provide the programme with essential engine support, which in turn enabled the Ministry of Defence to loan three redundant early development EJ200 jet engines once the Eurofighter Typhoon flight development programme had been completed.
The power systems company leant its expertise to the complex aerodynamics programme, the installation of the EJ200 and the optimisation of its air intake; a major challenge in its own right given the cars unique performance and speed range.
As well as the technical support, the Rolls Royce ambassadors will try to encourage more children to choose science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects by giving real life context to their courses.
Currently 5,442 UK primary and secondary schools have signed up to join the BLOODHOUND Education Programme, equating to roughly two and a half million pupils.
Richard Noble OBE, BLOODHOUND project director said: “Rolls-Royce’s support of the Programme is invaluable, their highly motivated ambassadors will help us reach many more schools and youth groups across the country. Their experience of working within a first class aerospace company makes them perfect role models for aspiring engineers.”