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Staff and students at the University of Hertfordshire have built a full-sized rocket-powered car. The car, a Vauxhall VX220 sports car, with a roll cage supplied by Safety Devices, was fitted with a large hybrid rocket motor that is designed to produce over half a tonne of thrust.  Since the car weighs about the same, it should be capable of accelerating from 0 to 60mph in about three seconds - better than almost any car on the road.  Top speed, however, is not much more than 60mph, for reasons of safety and due to limits on the amount of propellant stored.

Keep a look out for a feature on the car on BBC One's 'Bang Goes The Theory' in the near future!

The roll cage was the Safety Devices O066.

For further information, contact Aeron Lloyd
tel: +44 (0)1638 560524, or email motorsport@safetydevices.com

BBC One's 'Bang Goes The Theory' presenter, Dallas Campbell, took to the driver's seat:

 

Safety Devices Motorsport division has four decades experience and expertise servicing the Motorsport arena with roll over protection. Our founders designed the world's first automotive roll cage. Working with some of the biggest names in the industry, Safety Devices is Europe's largest roll cage manufacturer and boasts the world's most extensive product catalogue comprising over 2000 cages. In addition to cages we offer complimentary safety products of harnesses and impact padding.
 

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