Wolverhampton law firm revs up city’s link to land speed record
A Wolverhampton law firm is set to continue the city’s historical link to the land speed record by supporting a unique engineering project aiming to smash the existing world title.
FBC Manby Bowdler has become a sponsor of the innovative BLOODHOUND Project that wants to reach more than 1,000mph in its record-breaking attempt.
The deal will see the firm’s logo displayed on the iconic vehicle alongside other Midlands-based manufacturing specialists such as Jaguar and Rolls-Royce.
Wolverhampton has a proud heritage associated with the world land speed record that currently stands at a supersonic 763mph.
‘The Slug’, which was manufactured by the city’s Sunbeam car firm, was the first vehicle to achieve more than 200mph in March 1927 when it hit 203.7mph on Daytona Beach. The Slug helped make the Wolverhampton firm a household name and it can still be seen at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu.
The BLOODHOUND aims to cover a mile in 3.6 seconds in South Africa in 2018, thanks to the power of its jet engine and cluster of hybrid rockets, which combined produce 135,000bhp, in South Africa in 2018.
FBC Manby Bowdler, which has offices in St John’s Square, Snow Hill, and Willenhall, is also supporting the BLOODHOUND’s education programme, which aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers with its model rocket race car project.
It is in talks to bring the car to Wolverhampton to ignite interest among STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths) students and keep the city’s link to the landspeed record alive.
Manufacturing specialist James Sage, a Partner in the firm’s Corporate team, said: “With Wolverhampton’s proud history and association with the land speed record and our sector strength in advising clients in the manufacturing and automotive engineering industries, it made sense for us to support the BLOODHOUND project.
“BLOODHOUND is at the forefront of UK manufacturing and is helping to inspire the next generation by bringing science, technology, engineering and mathematics to life in the most exciting way possible. We are delighted to lend our support to such a cutting edge project and we will be following its journey with interest.”
The science behind Bloodhound is now being used in STEM activities in 7,500 schools in the UK.
BLOODHOUND Education Director Aulden Dunipace said: “We’re delighted to welcome FBC Manby Bowdler to the project and are looking forward to working with them on inspirational educational activates with Wolverhampton’s youngsters.”
For more information about the BLOODHOUND Project, go to www.bloodhoundssc.com