The Bloodhound helped along by Bredon School Cisco students.

Posted: 2nd November 2017

The first testing of the Bloodhound Super Sonic Car was done at Newquay airport on the 26th October 2017 and students from the highly sought after Cisco Academy at Bredon School  were there to help.

picture: With the Bloodhound inside the Bunker where the car is being kept, fine-tuned and prepared for the run. From Left to Right: Mr Pierre Neethling, Daniel Page, Sam Thomas, Jack Ratcliffe, Tim Metcalf, Lucas Kennedy and Tom Barker

Cisco students were invited by a parent Mr Matthew Wring, who is the Director of Southern Communications Group, a company involved with the test day.  Mr Wring knows that students have the skills and knowledge to help on the project. It was also an opportunity to have a look at possible future apprenticeships and encourage the pupils to network with the other companies.

picture: Mr Matthew Wring, director of Southern Communications group on the right with one of our previous students, Lucas Kennedy (to his left) who is doing his apprenticeship with SCG.

The students’ main task was to help the general public who attended the testing to connect to the WIFI network and then register on the Bloodhound Project, a global engineering adventure. The goal is to develop a car that can travel faster than 1000 miles per hour and is an open project which means that data and research results are available to anybody or organisation that wish to use it. Students got to see Bloodhound up close and talk to the engineers who built the amazing vehicle themselves.

picture: Tom Barker with the Bloodhound SSC

Pierre Neethling who overseas the Academy at Bredon, which is an Internationally recognised qualification in hardware engineering says,

“The students asked all sorts of questions and learnt in depth information about this incredible project – they are so lucky to have gone to this historic event.

picture: The Bloodhound Jet Engine

At Newquay the object was to run the car at around 200 miles per hour to see if all the systems, aerodynamics and planning works well. They achieve this as the car, weighing just short of eight tons, reached 210 miles per hour within six seconds using about 100 yards! The bigger problem was to stop it again! For more information visit and

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