The world's fastest car is coming to the West Midlands as part of an event to recruit and inspire the next generation of manufacturers and engineers.

The Bloodhound SSC , which aims to become the first car to travel at 1,000mph, will be on show at Walsall College this week.

The event, organised by the Black Country University Technical College, will give youngsters the opportunity to see the car up close and experience its raw speed through a simulator.

Staff from a number of local manufacturing and engineering firms will be on hand to help out at the workshops which will also see students create and race their own model rocket cars.

Up to 120 students are set to attend each day to see the car which produces more than 135,000 horsepower, equivalent to the power of 180 Formula1 cars.

The Bloodhound SSC is being built by British engineers and aims to beat the current 763mph land speed record in South Africa next year.

The supersonic car has been in development since 2008 and the Bloodhound Project aims to encourage more children and teenagers to take up science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in primary and secondary school, and in further education.

Henriette Harnisch, chair of governors at the Black Country UTC, said: "By showcasing how science and engineering can be applied to such a real-life exciting scenario, we hope to galvanise students at an early age and inspire them to become the next generation of young scientists and engineers.

"Having the Bloodhound SSC in Walsall next week is a major coup and will go a long way to proving that science and engineering is a fun and exhilarating career.

"The Black Country is the birthplace of engineering and we are sure this event will capture the imagination of students and the local community alike."

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