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Students revive Sunbeam 1000hp

Wednesday, 6 April 2022 at 10:30:00 UTC


Al Suttie

Land Speed Record Sunbeam running with student help

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Students form Bournemouth University are working with the National Motor Museum to have the Sunbeam 1000hp Land Speed Record car running again.

Mechanical Engineering students from the university are working to have the Sunbeam’s engine in fully functioning form to mark the 95th anniversary of the car being the first past 200mph with Henry Segrave at the wheel.

The work is being led by Dr Adil Saeed and Dr Sarah Palmer-Smith. Dr Saeed said: ‘Working on the Sunbeam 1000hp has created many exciting opportunities for our students to take their learning and research and put it into practice, to contribute to new knowledge creation, knowledge exchange and students as researcher initiatives.

‘Our work on Sunbeam started in July 2021 with the core objectives to identify, measure, and analyse structural failures within Sunbeam which pose significant risks to its structural integrity utilising non-invasive ultrasonic techniques.

‘The continuation of this work via our final year students means that this is a rare opportunity for us to carry on working on this British Icon. This project goes a long way to achieve the university’s vision to be part of the community around us and to engage our students in activities aimed at providing solutions to the real-world problems and informing the education we deliver.’

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