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Saturday 20 December 2014

World's largest K'NEX model on show

The life-sized replica of the 13.5m-long Bloodhound supersonic car has been made using over 380,000 K'NEX toy pieces
The life-sized replica of the 13.5m-long Bloodhound supersonic car has been made using over 380,000 K'NEX toy pieces

The world's largest K'NEX structure was revealed today - a replica of a 1,000 mph vehicle comprising more than 380,000 parts.

A team from Royal British Legion Industries and fans spent 1,287 hours crafting the life-size model of the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC).

Bloodhound SSC is currently being assembled in Bristol and is on schedule for roll out in summer 2015, before attempting to reach 1,000 mph in 2016.

The giant model of the jet and rocket powered car was built in Aylesford, Kent, by ex-service personnel, disabled people and fans who used more than 383,422 K'NEX pieces.

Experts at the National Physical Laboratory measured the structure and found it mirrored Bloodhound SCC - standing at 13.382m long, 2.44m wide and 3.874m high.

These dimensions exceed those of the current record for the world's largest K'NEX Structure, a T-Rex located in the US Space & Rocket Centre in Huntsville, Alabama.

Richard Noble, Bloodhound project director and former world land speed record holder, today revealed the structure at the historic Brooklands Racing Circuit.

"Bloodhound aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers," he said.

"If 164 people can build an amazing model like this in a matter of weeks, imagine what a generation can achieve in their lifetimes."

The giant build was commissioned by the Bloodhound 1K Club to promote The Bloodhound Project, which aims to inspire children about science and engineering by developing a 1,000 mph land speed record car.

The project is headed up by former and current land speed record holders Richard Noble and Andy Green, and is being used in more than 5,600 UK schools.

At full speed, Bloodhound SSC will cover a mile in 3.6 seconds - equivalent to 4.5 football pitches laid end to end per second.

The vehicle will undergo UK runway testing up to 200 mph after its roll out in summer 2015 at the Aerohub in Newquay, Cornwall.

It will then be deployed to South Africa to begin high-speed testing with the target of reaching 800 mph, before returning to the UK for experts to review its data.

In 2016, the Bloodhound team will return to South Africa with the aim of reaching 1,000 mph.

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