STAR Wars, Marvel and DC superheroes, Minecraft, Angry Birds … you know you an idea has hit the cultural big-time when Lego launches a set based on it.
And when it comes to cars, Lego has a knock for knowing which classic or high-performance machines resonate with kids and big kids alike. There are currently Lego sets for the VW Beetle and T1 camper van, Bugatti Chiron, Mini Cooper, Ford GT & GT40, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H F1 car, Ferrari FXX K, Mercedes-AMG GT3 and McLaren 720S. There are also “rally car” and Porsche 911 GT3 RS Technics sets.
Yet there’s one omission that some car enthusiasts say needs to be addressed: why is there no Bloodhound SSC Lego set?
The British land speed record attempt, which aims to not just break the current 763mph land speed record but smash it by surpassing 1,000mph using a jet/rocket hybrid car, was launched in 2008 but even 10 years after its inception, we still have no official Lego set.
It’s so fast that no existing speed record location was big enough
Just how ambitious the Bloodhound SSC project is cannot be overstated. It uses a supercharged V8 Jaguar engine just to pump the rocket fuel. At full speed it will be able to cover a mile in just 3.6secs and its Falcon Hybrid rocket will be fighting 20 tons of drag. Its wheels will be spinning at 10,200rpm, creating 50,000Gs; enough force to make a sugar cube weigh more than two men. It’s so fast that no existing speed record location was big enough to accommodate the record attempt; a new location was found in South Africa, which has been painstakingly cleared of rocks by hand. And after each top speed run, it will take 5.4 miles to come to a stop.
It’s such an incredible technical challenge that it has been used in schools to help engage and inspire our next generation of scientists and engineers. As its website points out:
“In the UK, and many of the developed countries worldwide, there is a shortage of scientists, engineers and mathematicians. So we urgently need young people to be motivated to enjoy and study science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects at school and then at university.
— BLOODHOUND SSC (@BLOODHOUND_SSC) January 30, 2018
The Bloodhound Project is providing a catalyst through which young people will acquire the passion and skills, and develop innovative talents, that will enable them to pursue STEM subjects and help us solve future challenges.”
Is there a more appropriate subject for a new, official Lego set? We think not, and neither does “BlizzardBlazer” a Lego user who has added his own plans for a Bloodhound SSC set to the Danish company’s Lego Ideas website. The site is full of projects submitted by people from around the world and encourages others to support it. If the project gets 10,000 supporters, Lego Ideas will review the proposal and may release a Lego set based on it.
So, if you support the Bloodhound Project and want to own your own Lego model, then get behind BlizzardBlazer’s project. You will need to sign up to the Lego Ideas website but it only takes a moment and allows you to follow its progress as its gains support. Let’s hit the 10,000 supporters mark and get the set into the shops by the time the real thing hits 500mph on the Hakskeen Pan later this year, ahead of the full 1,00mph run, which is expected to take place in 2019.