Nottingham, September 10th 2014. One of the fastest men on the planet sped into Nottingham today to help a local electrical and mechanical engineering group celebrate its centenary, accompanied by a full size mock-up of his new 1000mph car.
Richard Noble OBE is the former world land speed record holder and the man behind the current UK Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) bid to break the 1000mph speed barrier in 2016. He joined over 500 guests celebrating at the company’s Lenton head office, including present and past employees and their families, as well as a group of 2nd year engineering students from Derby College.
Michael Spencer, Managing Director, The TEW Group, says: “Richard Noble’s achievements are extraordinary and what he has achieved represents the very best in British engineering. Whilst The TEW Group won’t be breaking any world records, we’re absolutely delighted to mark our own achievement today of 100 years making things in Nottingham. But it’s not just Nottingham that we now serve – we are a truly global business, with customers in Asia, North America, South America and Europe.
“We have been building towards this moment all year and Richard is here as our special guest to inspire everyone. We want to share our success with all those who have joined us on this incredible journey – all of our fantastic staff and their supportive families, as well as members of the Tew family who we have managed to recontact as a result of our anniversary publicity.”
Richard Noble OBE comments: “The TEW Group is an extraordinary business. It personifies what can be achieved by entrepreneurs who embrace challenges and recognise the opportunities on offer in today’s global markets. It’s also testimony to the original owner WH Tew, who provided the firm foundations on which the business has been built, as well as today’s management team, that the business is now stronger than ever, fast approaching £20m turnover.”
As part of his visit to The TEW Group, Richard’s team brought along a full size mock-up of his Bloodhound SSC, which is used for educational purposes. Bloodhound SSC is a jet and rocket powered car designed to go at 1,000 mph (just over 1,600 kph). It has a slender body of approximately 14m length with two front wheels within the body and two rear wheels mounted externally within wheel fairings. It weighs over seven tonnes and the engines produce more than 135,000 horsepower – more than six times the power of all the Formula 1 cars on a starting grid put together.
Guests at the event also got to enjoy a 1000mph driving experience on a Bloodhound SSC simulator. Phil Chester, Marketing Director, The TEW Group enthuses: “Wow! What an experience. The skills required to drive a wheeled vehicle at over 1000mph are unbelievable. I had to fight my way through the throng to get a go on the simulator and it was truly awesome. Hats off to Andy Green, the guy who will be attempting the record in 2016!”