Andrew Gwynne MP met with the current and former world land speed record holders, Andy Green and Richard Noble, on Tuesday 5 November at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Bloodhound SuperSonic Car (SSC) exhibition in the House of Commons.
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is one of the key sponsors of Bloodhound SSC, which aims to break the world land speed record by reaching over 1,000 miles per hour in the South African desert in 2015. Andy Green is the current world land speed record holder, and will be driving Bloodhound SSC, while Richard Noble is the former land speed record holder and Bloodhound SSC’s Project Director.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“Training up the next generation of scientists and engineers is absolutely crucial to our future success as a country.
“It was fantastic to be able to meet two of our finest engineers, who have led the world in breaking new ground.
“The number of people pursuing STEM careers is just not enough to meet future demands, which is why inspiring young people through the Bloodhound SSC project is so important.”
Stephen Tetlow, Chief Executive of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said:
“Bloodhound SSC is a hugely exciting project which aims not just to break the land speed record, but to inspire a new generation of scientists and engineers.
“We need to encourage more young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), to ensure we have the right skills to keep the country’s economy growing and to tackle the big challenges facing humankind like rising population and climate change.
“We hope that by showcasing the Bloodhound SSC car people realise the hugely exciting prospects there are in pursuing a career in engineering and STEM more generally”