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Thrust SSC Supersonic Car Visits Campus

Thrust SSC
Thrust SSC
Originally published 28 August 2001

Thrust SSC, the British car which broke both the land speed record and the sound barrier, will be visiting the University of Warwick's campus between 1.30pm and 4pm on Wednesday 29th August. It will be on display close to the Koan sculpture at the entrance to Warwick Arts Centre.All staff, students and visitors to the University are welcome to come and view the car. Staff wishing to view the vehicle should of course agree with their local departmental managers a convenient time at which they can see the vehicle. Visitors, including staff family members, coming by car to campus to view it should park in either car park 8a or car park 7.

The project was led by Richard Noble OBE. The car broke the land speed record, and sound barrier, on 15 October, 1997 when it was driven by Squadron Leader Andy Green across the Black Rock desert in Nevada at 763mph.

The 54 foot long , 10 ton vehicle (with two jets taken from a Phantom jet fighter) was designed with CAD software designed by PTC - a company with very close associations with the University's own Warwick Manufacturing Group.

Further information about this press release and other media services at the University of Warwick can be obtained from:

Peter Dunn, Press Officer
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7AL
West Midlands
Tel: 024 76 523708