Bloodhound Supersonic Car Presentation

Bloodhound Supersonic Car Presentation

Tickets will be available to buy at Bushell Hall. 

Tickets are no longer for sale online and all tickets not posted will be available for collection at Bushell Hall prior to the show.

The evening show will take place in the KEITH SACH SUITE (disabled access available) on the First Floor.  Park in the Chapel carpark (main tentrance - then turn right) and the venue will be signposted.

Olton and District U3A and Solihull School are jointly promoting these presentations about the Bloodhound Supersonic Car Project.  This exciting British Project is developing a supersonic car capable of 1,000 mph or more, to achieve a new World Land Speed Record.  Initial tests on the car were run at Newquay in 2017 and next year this amazing car will travel to South Africa for tests of up to 500 mph, prior to the World Record attempt there.

The presentations, at 2pm and 7pm will cover:

The aims of the project and the technical challenges getting a car to move at 1,000 mph raises.

The history of land speed records and British involvement and success in this, and the Bloodhound project's history so far and the groups who are supporting it eg the British government and its armed forces, Jaguar Land Rover etc.

The physics of thrust versus drag, the huge forces generated at this speed and how best to combine jet and rocket power.  The use of computer aided design to reduce drag, stop the nose lifting and the car flipping. The many materials used in the car's construction and what each adds including designing completely new wheels.

The worldwide geographical hunt to find a location 12 miles long, 1 mile wide, of absolutely level ground for the speed record attempt.

The driver that the car is built around, Wing Commander Andy Green, and the skills he brings to the task and how they plan to keep him alive. 

The use of the Bloodhound project to inspire school and college students to study STEM subjects, by speaking to them and involving them in a range of activities linked to Bloodhound.  The presentation will last two hours, the first hour is the presentation and the remaining time is for questions and comments.  Refreshments will be served after the evening presentation only.

The speaker is Peter Mc Cree, an Ambassador for the Bloodhound Project, who has an engineering background, and has worked as Director & Chief Executive for the ICOM Energy Association.

There is a local connection with the Bloodhound Project via the major local employer Jaguar Landrover, which is a product sponsor of this Project.  The car uses a Jaguar V8 engine to power the pump providing 44 litres of fuel per second needed by the rocket motor, which combines with the same jet engine that powers the Eurofighter Typhoon, to create the speed for a new World Record.  JLR also has an engineering enrichment programme with Solihull School.

*FREE students (subject to availability)  The organisers would like to offer up to 200 free student tickets available on a first come first serve basis for each performance.  Once this level is reached all students would need to buy a full price ticket at £8.50 therefore early booking is recommended. FREE tickets cannot be issued using online sales.  The seating is unreserved (tickets are numbered but not with seat number). If you wish you can purchase adult seats online and then also call or ring Box Office to order your free student tickets.  Alternatively, visit or ring us to book all seats in one transaction.

Some Solihull School A Level students of STEM subjects may be attending the 2pm shows and certain other schools have been invited to attend free of charge - subject to avaiilability.  To make a school booking call Diane or Kirstie on 0121 704 6979/6949.

*Free student tickets are subject to availability as this event is not for profit and presented by Olton & District U3A and Solihull School.  Students are anyone in full or part time education at school, college or university, of any age, including home schooled children. Proof may be requested upon entry to the venue (such as Education ID or Student Union Card).

Venue address: 793 Warwick Rd, Solihull B91 3DJ - free on site parking at the school is available for both shows.  Please let the Box Office know of any mobility issues, so that appropriate seating can be reserved if required.

Tickets cost £8.50 each (Students free* see main text). Two shows at 2pm & 7pm. Running time approx. 2hrs including Q&A session.

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