Grand launch of automotive centre marked by replica of 1,000mph car

BRADFORD College launched a state of the art automotive centre with a visit from a scale replica of a supersonic car capable of 1,000 mph.

The Bloodhound represents Britain's latest attempt to smash the world land speed record and experts from the project were on hand to give students advice

Bradford College's new motor vehicle studies venue on Bowling Back Lane, in Bradford, opened its doors to students this academic year. It houses massive workshops which can hold up to twelve cars, an engine room, fitting area, the kit car workshop, classrooms, a canteen and social areas.

All equipment used within the facility is exactly the same as found in working environments to prepare students for seamless progression into employment.

The Bloodhound Project is Britain's latest attempt to smash the current record set in 1997 of 763.035mph with a car capable of 1000mph. As the actual vehicle is over 15 metres long, a model replica of the vehicle was brought along to Monday's launch by the project team.

Those behind the project chatted to students about opportunities in engineering and will be on hand for expert advice to Level 3 Motor Vehicle Studies students who for the past eight weeks have been building a kit car which they hope to sell on at the end of the academic year.