Supersonic secondary schools at Santa Pod

Pupils from across the country are preparing to put their rocket cars through their paces at a local racing circuit
Pupils from across the country are preparing to put their rocket cars through their paces at a local racing circuit

Pupils from across the country are preparing to put their rocket cars through their paces at a local racing circuit.

Santa Pod raceway, near Rushden, will host the finals of the Model Rocket Car Competition, in association with the Bloodhound Team, on Tuesday, July 5.

The national campaign has seen secondary school students design, build and race 10,000 rocket cars in a series of heats, and the fastest 30 will race in the finals.

While most of the rocket cars will reach speeds of more than 50mph, one school has pushed the limit to built a 500mph racer which they will be demonstrating with a full speed sprint down the drag strip.

Andy Green, holder of the land speed record which saw him travel at speeds of 763mph, will be attending the event alongside other members of the Bloodhound Team and a full-scale mock-up of the supersonic car itself.

The final will take place from 10am on Tuesday, July 5, and will finish with a prize giving ceremony at 2pm.

For more information about the Bloodhound Team click here.