PE engineer chosen to help build fastest car

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A PORT Elizabeth woman will soon be rubbing shoulders with some of the world’s top engineers while getting her hands dirty in helping to design the world’s fastest car.

Beverly Singh, a 29-year- old mechanical engineer, will join the team of specialist engineers who are building the Bloodhound Supersonic Car in Bristol in the UK that will be used in a bid to break the land speed record (LSR) at Haakskeen Pan in the Northern Cape in 2016.

The team will be aiming to push the rocket-powered car to 1600km/h – almost 400km/h faster than the record of 1227.9 km/h.

Singh, who won the Bloodhound SSC CheveningScholarship to do her Masters in Mechanical Engineering at the University of the West of England, will join the team next month.

She will work alongside engineers from companies like Boeing and Rolls Royce, who are working to assemble the car.

“The engineers working on the Bloodhound are the best in the world in their fields, and I always wanted to do something like this,” Singh said.

Project director Richard Noble, a former holder of the LSR, said more than 170 companies – and £20-million (R317.6-million) – were involved in building the car, which was essentially like developing a jet fighter.

Singh, who qualified as a mechanical engineer from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality with a National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering in 2009 and a BTech in 2012, applied for the scholarship – funded by the UK government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, among others – last year.

Singh had to resign from her job as a process engineer at Bay wind turbine firm Kestrel Renewable Energy. She leaves for Bristol in the middle of next month and joins the Bloodhound team at the end of the month.

“I am so excited,” she said. “It is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

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