British Council showcases the supersonic marvel BLOODHOUND SSC in India

New Delhi, 11 November 2014: British Council unveiled the ‘Bloodhound Show Car’ as part of the ‘Great Britain’ campaign in New Delhi. The record breaking automobile showcases the UK’s world-class engineering and innovation expertise.

The Bloodhound SSC is designed to go up to 1000 mph (just over 1,600 km/h), and can cover a mile in 3.6 seconds at its peak. The supersonic car is a mix of vehicle and aircraft technology; the front half is a carbon fibre monocoque like a racing car, while the back half is a metallic framework and has panels like an aircraft.

The show car was proudly displayed at the British Council by Richard Everitt, Director Education, British Council India, Iain Gray, Chief Executive Officer of the UK’s innovation agency-Innovate UK and Bloodhound SSC Pilot, Wing Commander Andy D. Green.

L to R: Gill Caldicott, Director Operations, British Council India; Iain Gray, Chief Executive Officer of the UK’s Innovation agency-Innovate UK; Wing Commander Andy Green, Bloodhound SSC Pilot and Richard Everitt, Director Education, British Council India unveiling the Bloodhound SSC Show Car in New Delhi

The Bloodhound SSC project highlights the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Education. The aim of the project is to inspire the young generation to pursue higher education in STEM courses and later opt for careers in those fields. Around 5,600 UK schools and universities are involved in this project and the collaboration between British Council, the ‘GREAT Britain’ campaign and Bloodhound SSC is a result of similar values and ideals of representing British innovation and science & technology on a global scale.

The UK and India enjoy a broad-ranging and expanding partnership in education and to further establish this partnership, British Council is organising the Education UK Exhibition in New Delhi on 15 & 16 November at the British Council, as part of the ‘Great Britain” campaign. There are over 400 scholarships this year worth an estimated 1.5 million pounds (approx. 150 million rupees). With over 750 in the last two years, the Great Britain Scholarships – India 2015 is the largest ever scholarships programme offered to Indian students.

The exhibition will see participation from 63 UK universities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and provide information on undergraduate, postgraduate or research programmes in the UK.

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