Acle showcases 1,000mph car

For Danny Errington it was a case of Up, Up and Away yesterday as he took part in an unusual science experiment to demonstrate the record breaking power of a supersonic car.

For Danny Errington it was a case of Up, Up and Away yesterday as he took part in an unusual science experiment to demonstrate the record breaking power of a supersonic car.

The year eight pupil at Acle High School was lifted into the air by balloon power to show the challenges hi-tech car Bloodhound will face as it reaches an astonishing 1,000mph.

As well as demonstrating air resistance, yesterday's science road show also saw James Piercy, from Science Made Simple, use a whip to show more than 100 pupils the power of a sonic boom.

The 12.8m long Bloodhound is currently being built under the supervision of land speed record holder Richard Noble. The vehicle will attempt the land speed record in 2010.


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It is hoped that yesterday's national science road show will inspire more pupils to take up science, maths and engineering as careers - and work on hi tech projects in the future.

Mr Piercy said: “The show gives them plenty of chances to get involved and see what the car is like in action. It also has lots of practical links to the curriculum to encourage more young people to think about careers in science, maths and engineering.”

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Acle High's director of science Helen Banfill said: “The pupils really loved it. Some of them in the future could be working on cars like Bloodhound.”

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