Bloodhound Landspeed car at IoM Motor Museum today

The BLOODHOUND Landspeed car and team will be at the Isle of Man Motor Museum in Jurby today to help promote careers in engineering and technology to students from the Island's five secondary schools, as part of the broader Awareness of Careers in Engineering project (ACE).

BLOODHOUND is a British project that aims to set a new land speed World Record with a car designed to attempt speeds of 1,000mph, with the first run of the car taking place next month in Cornwall. 

Local engineering firm Swagelok has designed and manufactured one of the components of the car and representatives of Swagelok will be on hand at today's session with the High Schools to help explain their role.  

Students will also have the opportunity to spend time with Andy Green, the pilot, who will talk to them about the car, before students undertake hands on activities with the BLOODHOUND team building Rocket Cars and Balloon Cars.

The objectives of the ACE project are to help shape Isle of Man students’ perceptions of what careers in engineering, manufacturing and technology consist of and to make them more aware of what the Engineering and Manufacturing Sector on the Isle of Man comprises.

Lawrie Hooper MHK, Member of the Department of Economic Development with responsibility for manufacturing, commented: “The visit of BLOODHOUND will undoubtedly fire up the interest of our students in careers in engineering, manufacturing and technology, and will be the highlight of the Isle of Man’s Awareness of Careers in Engineering programme this year."