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Co Down engineering firm has things well covered for land speed record bid

By John Mulgrew

A Co Down engineering firm is helping to make a land speed record attempt a reality.

Newtownards company CCP Gransden has developed and manufactured a lightweight composite streamlining casing for the Project Velocity motorcycle for Larne man Sam Marsden.

Mr Marsden, who is a Queen's University engineering graduate, has been working for the past five years years on the development of the motorcycle to attempt to break the 1000cc world land speed record at the famous Bonneville Salt Flats in the US.

CCP Gransden director Robert McConnell said: "Sam had been looking around the whole of Ireland to find a company that would have the technology and skills to develop this vital part of the motorcycle.

"We were delighted to take up the challenge to develop a superlight yet strong casing that would give Sam the streamlined shape required to fit over the motorcycle for the record attempt."

Mr Marsden came up with the idea as part of his degree. His attempt was delayed this year due to poor weather, but he hopes to make the attempt next year.

"This was a massive undertaking and a challenge for CCP Gransden, and I am delighted with the end result," he said.

"I have had amazing support from them, and indeed other local firms who supported the project.

"They have all shared in my enthusiasm and vision that we can bring a world land speed record to Northern Ireland."

Mr McConnell added: "The strength of the local composites engineering sector is evidenced by our, and indeed other engineering firms' involvement, in this innovate project.

"SMEs like us are the backbone of the industry here and we will continue to invest in machinery and research and development to build on this reputation."

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