SOUTH Devon companies could have the chance of being involved in the inspiring Bloodhound SSC 1,000mph land speed record car.
And it is hoped Richard Noble's project to break the record will inspire local school pupils too.
Jonathan Ellis, education director, took a model of the super car to the Hi-Tech Forum conference which attracted much interest from the dozens of pupils who attended.
He said: "We want to inspire a whole new generation of engineers, technology, mathematicians and scientists.
"Some schools are really good, but we need to encourage youngsters to look at these subjects and potential careers.
"It has been in general decline since the 1980s, not sufficient people have been going into engineering careers. We have had quite a lot of interest.
"We hope to inspire a generation with this project."
Jason Buck, from Torbay Development Agency, said they were hoping to get schools interested in the project.
The Hi-Tech Forum has also set up an education sub group to both encourage businesses to talk to schools and schools to learn more about the opportunities available for careers in the area.