A life-sized replica of the supersonic Bloodhound car has become the largest structure made of K'NEX in the world

Supersonic car made of K'NEX parts unveiled

A life-sized model of Bloodhound, the supersonic car aiming to break the world ground speed record, has been assembled from the K’NEX construction kit.

Comprising of 380,000 parts, the model built by a team from Royal British Legion Industries in Aylesford, Kent, has become the largest K’NEX structure ever built, having knocked off a giant T-Rex from the first spot.

The team of ex-service personnel, people with disabilities and fans worked for 1,287 hours to build the model, which is now on display at the historic Brooklands Racing Circuit.

The 13.382m-long, 2.44m-wide and 3.874m high model mirrors exactly the dimensions of the real Bloodhound car, which was verified by the National Physical Laboratory.

"Bloodhound aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers," said Richard Noble, Bloodhound project director and former world land speed record holder, revealing the structure. 

"If 164 people can build an amazing model like this in a matter of weeks, imagine what a generation can achieve in their lifetimes."

The giant build was commissioned by the Bloodhound 1K Club to promote The Bloodhound Project, which aims to inspire children about science and engineering by developing a 1,000 mph land speed record car.

Bloodhound SSC, currently being assembled in Bristol, is on schedule for roll out in summer 2015 for testing in the UK and South Africa. Its record-breaking attempt will take place in South Africa one year later.

At full speed, Bloodhound SSC will cover a mile in 3.6 seconds - equivalent to 4.5 football pitches laid end to end per second.

The UK part of the testing will take place the Aerohub in Newquay, Cornwall, but will only allow the car to travel at a rather modest speed of 200 mph.

More than 5,600 schools are taking part in the project led by former and current land speed record holders Richard Noble and Andy Green.

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