Normanton firm supplies equipment for world land speed record attempt

Generators supplied by a Normanton firm will be helping a supersonic car that is attempting to break the world land speed record next year.

Seddons Plant and Engineers, on Normanton industrial Estate, has provided five Honda generators to the Bloodhound team, which is aiming to reach 800mph with the specially build machine.

The Bloodhound SSC vehicle is a mix of car and aircraft technology and it is powered by both a jet engine and a rocket.

It is designed to reach 1,000 mph in less than a minute.

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The generators will be used on re-fuelling rigs during the stunt.

The team will be trying to smash the current land speed record of 763mph set by another British car, Thrust SSC, in 1997. The record attempt will be carried out on a specially prepared track in South Africa.

Stephen Seddon, managing director of Seddons, said: “We are very proud to get involved in a project of this stature, as our background is in engineering and BLOODHOUND SSC is emerging as an initiative that is likely to stand in the history books of British engineering and manufacturing for many years to come.

“We will be loaning a total of five Honda Generators for re-fuelling rigs in South Africa during the world land speed record attempt, and Honda Power Equipment are loaning a further five Honda Generators. It is testimony to the quality of equipment that ourselves and Honda Power Equipment provide that we have been selected to supply these vital pieces of kit.”