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Supersonic car expected to break record

07-22-2010 13:39 BJT

BEIJING, July 22 (Xinhuanet) -- Three years in the planning, and finally the design of the first 1,000 mile per hour car, has been unveiled in Britain.

The Bloodhound super-sonic, is the brainchild of a team of engineers, hoping to smash the current land speed record in 2012.

Unveiling a new generation of fast car - this will be in a league of its own.

Bloodhound SSC, or super-sonic car, is designed not just to break the current land speed record of 763 miles an hour, but to smash it.

Bloodhound's driver was at the wheel the last record fell, making Wing Commander Andy Green, a Royal Air Force fighter pilot, the first man to drive a car faster than the speed of sound.

Wing Commander Andy Green, Raf Bloodhound SSC Driver, said, "We have fixed the shape. We managed that a few months ago. Now we know, because of the modelling we have done, we know this shape will go to a thousand miles an hour. Now we are actually going to get on and build it."

Bloodhound SSC, named after a missile, is powered by a combination of a rocket and the jet engine from a Typhoon fighter.

From a standing start it will reach 1000 mph in just 45 seconds and be stationary again just 100 seconds and ten miles later.

The design was revealed at Farnborough Airshow, in the UK, with a Typhoon showing off its awesome power and Andy Green noting his car will be faster than the current low-level air speed record, let alone the land speed record.

Construction of the car has now begun with test runs scheduled to start on a dry lake bed in South Africa in 2012.

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