Land speed record breaker visits Nantwich college students

l-r Students Atrau Charlton, Liam Edwards and Debra Bligh meet Richard Noble, second right.

l-r Students Atrau Charlton, Liam Edwards and Debra Bligh meet Richard Noble, second right.

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THE second fastest men on earth has urged Nantwich Reaseheath College’s motor vehicle and engineering students to reach for the stars by focusing on careers as professional engineers and scientists.

Richard Noble, former holder of the world land speed record and director of the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) Project, described the tremendous opportunities which exist in research, design and build as he launched the college’s upgraded motor vehicle technology department.

Richard, a qualified pilot and entrepreneur, held the world land speed record of 633mph from 1983 to 1997 driving Thrust2.

He said: “The facilities and training here are exactly what the future is all about. Britain’s car fleet is getting increasingly more complex and Reaseheath College is consistently raising the bar for next generation engineers.

“What’s notable is that these young people already have many of the technical skills they require to get on in the industry.”

Reaseheath’s state-of-the-art automotive workshops have undergone over one million pounds of investment and are fitted out with the latest diagnostic equipment.

During his tour, Richard chatted to students working on a range of modern vehicles including the college’s own hybrid car.

He also admired an eco challenge car, built as a competition project by visiting school pupils, which achieves 350 miles per gallon.

After his tour, Richard gave an inspirational talk to the college’s 250 motor vehicle and agricultural engineering students about the advanced technology which will support his attempt on a new land speed record with BloodhoundSSC.

The car, built by a multi-national team and sponsored by blue chip companies including Rolls Royce, will attempt to reach 800mph in Northern Cape, South Africa in 2015 and a landmark 1,000 mph in 2016. It will be driven by former RAF fighter pilot Wing Comander Andy Green.

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