We Need Inspiration to Supercharge our Education (featuring replica supersonic car) - Richard Noble OBE

Augustine Hall
Arts and Culture
Thursday 27 September 2018 (18:00-19:00)
artsandculture@canterbury.ac.uk or Tel: 01227 922994

Richard Noble is a World Land Speed Record Breaker and Director of the Bloodhound Supersonic Car Project


Imagine a car that can travel faster than a speeding bullet. Land speed record breaker and entrepreneur Richard Noble OBE has been working with a team of Britain’s finest engineers and scientists to make that dream a reality. The Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) is a British-developed high-tech vehicle, which is part jet fighter, part Formula 1 racing car and part space rocket. It is the world’s most powerful land vehicle, designed to travel at 1,000 mph and break the world land speed record.

In this fascinating lecture, Richard reveals the background to this ambitious engineering project and the challenges involved in trying to develop the world's fastest car. At a time when our education has never been so important, he highlights how the project has been used as a springboard to inspire and motivate a new generation of UK scientists and engineers just as the Concorde programme did for previous generations, creating one of the largest STEM programmes in the country.

The lecture will also feature a full-size replica of the Bloodhound supersonic car so that attendees can enjoy an up-close experience of this engineering marvel.

Richard Noble OBE is a Scottish entrepreneur who is the current Project Director of The Bloodhound Project. Born in Edinburgh in 1946, he studied at Winchester College and then went on to attend the Army Outward Bound School in Towyn. He worked in industry for many years before striking out on his own with a series of entrepreneurial ventures and adventure challenges. He was previously the holder of the land speed record between 1983 and 1997 and was the project director of Thrust SSC, the vehicle which holds the current land speed record. In recognition of his considerable achievements, Richard was awarded an OBE in 1983 and an Honorary Degree from the University of West of England in 2010.

The lecture is open to all age groups.

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