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K’Nex and Bloodhound begin Guinness attempt

Published on: 8th July 2014

Estimated to take 300,000 parts and three months to build, work has begun this week on the construction of a life-sized replica of the Bloodhound Supersonic Car made entirely from K’Nex.
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At 13.5 metres long when finished, the Bloodhound K’Nex Car is set to be the World’s Largest K’Nex Structure.

The giant build was commissioned by official supporters group, the 1K Club, to promote The Bloodhound Project which aims to inspire children science and engineering by developing a 1,000mph Land Speed Record Car. The project is headed up by former and current land speed record holders Richard Noble and Andy Green and is being used in over 5,600 schools. With K’Nex construction pieces often playing a key role during schools’ activities, the 1K Club was inspired to take things to another level.

Eileen Thornton, K’Nex UK’s head of marketing, said: “This is an incredibly exciting project for us and one that perfectly demonstrates the unique scale building qualities of the K’Nex building system. With our Bloodhound K’Nex Car we’re confident that we can create the world’s largest K’Nex structure and gain a Guinness World Record for this amazing construction. The activity is a fantastic fit as part of the ‘K’Nex Big Thing’ marketing campaign and we’re delighted to be supporting the inspiring educational work of The Bloodhound Project.”

The Bloodhound K’Nex Car is being built by the Royal British Legion Industries, a charity providing employment, support and care to the Armed Forces community and those affected by disability, health conditions or social welfare needs. The team is headed up by David Church, who oversaw the creation of a life-sized K’Nex replica of the famous Grave Digger Monster Truck in 2012.

To enable as many people as possible to participate in the record-challenging build, a series of open days is scheduled this Summer enabling visitors to enjoy K’Nex activities and add pieces to the record attempt construction while learning more about the Bloodhound engineering project. More information on these can be found at www.bloodhoundssc.com/knex.

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