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In 15 months’ time, the world’s fastest car, the Bloodhound SSC, will roar down Haakskeenpan in the Northern Cape at supersonic speeds.
With former RAF fighter pilot, Wing Commander Andy Green, at the steer, the Bloodhound team intends to break the current World Land Speed Record of 1 227,986km/h in August 2015. After returning to the UK for further engineering on the car, the Bloodhound team will then return to Haakskeenpan in an attempt to break the 1000mph (1609km/h) mark.
To get to this point, however, takes an enormous amount of teamwork, commitment and cooperation between the Bloodhound Management team, and the South African government.
The Northern Cape Provincial Government (NCPG) has since the initiation of the project in 2009 provided the team with unprecedented support to bring this global event to South Africa.
This understanding was formalised on the 29th of May with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the NCPG and the Bloodhound Management team. The MOU, was signed by NCPG Director General, Advocate Justice Bekebeke and Bloodhound Project Director Richard Noble, and brings the team one step closer to achieving their goals.
This event will serve to market and profile the Northern Cape as a world class extreme sport destination of choice due to our unique landscape. It is anticipated that the Northern Cape Province will also benefit immensely from the economic spin-offs that accompany the hosting of such a world class event.
The event is expected to be viewed live via the internet by more than 15 million people from 220 countries, while thousands of tourists are expected to travel to Haakskeenpan, situated in the Mier Municipality, to view the record attempts.
A core pillar of the Bloodhound Project is to inspire the younger generation into careers in science and engineering, and the exchange of the technology and science educational programmes that the project creates will give exposure and opportunities to young people – not just in the Northern Cape, but in the whole South Africa. The hosting of such a magnificent event will undoubtedly have a long lasting positive impact on society in general and leaves a permanent African legacy.