The British team responsible for breaking the sound barrier on land and redefining the land speed record will attempt to break their own record with a jet car capable of reaching 1050mph in 40 seconds.
Andy Green and Richard Noble launched the Bloodhound Project today at London’s Science Museum, with the aim of breaking the 763mph record set by Green in Thrust SSC in 1997. The attempt is due to take place in 2011.
If they manage it, the car will also have broken the low speed altitude for aircraft, which currently stands at 994mph and be faster than a bullet fired from a handgun.
"It’s a very long slim car," explained Green. "It has a big jet engine poking out of the back, and a long thin tube that will give us 25,000lb of thrust, giving the car a total of almost 130,000bhp."