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Life size model of Bristol's Bloodhound Supersonic Car made out of 300,000 tiny parts

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: August 29, 2014

  • Life size model of Bristol's Bloodhound Supersonic Car made out of 300,000 tiny parts

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The world's largest ever 'kit car' has been unveiled - a life-sized replica of a 1,000mph vehicle made out of 300,000 tiny parts.

The car, made from K'NEX, has been built to celebrate the near completion of the Bloodhound Supersonic Car project, which will be the world's fastest motor.

A team of volunteers from the Royal British Legion Industries have now smashed the world record for the largest ever model made out of the interconnecting plastic rods.

The incredible 45ft long model took 1,300 hours to build and was constructed over several weeks by 164 volunteers and ex-servicemen and women, out of almost 400,000 parts.

Project director Richard Noble said: "Bloodhound aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

"If a small team can build an amazing model like this, with a little help from our fans in a matter of weeks, imagine what a generation can achieve in their lifetime."

K'NEX is the second-largest construction toy manufacturer in the world, behind Lego.

While there are dozens of different K'NEX bricks, the Bloodhound car was only made out of 12 different ones, and stands an impressive 13ft tall.

If anyone were to want to replicate the massive model, they would have to shell out more than #16,000 on 550 of the largest kits the company make.

The life-sized model of the Bloodhound was unveiled by former world land speed record holder Richard, at Brooklands Racing Circuit, in Weybridge, Surrey, on Friday.

The blue and orange model was constructed in a warehouse in Aylesford, Kent, and then broken apart and shipped to its current site, where it took to painstakingly piece back together.

The multi-million pound Bloodhound Project is being masterminded by a team of scientists and engineers from several British universities, and is based in Bristol.

Experts reckon the super-jet-powered car, which has the most state-of-the-art aerodynamic design ever, could smash the land speed record - which currently stands at 763mph, and was recorded by British driver Andy Green in ThrustSSC in 1997.

While no date has yet been set for the world record speed attempt, Andy is due to take the vehicle on a test run in the Mier area of the Northern Cape in South Africa early next year.

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