Land-speed supercar plan unveiled

Scientists are hoping to break the land speed record with a planned new supercar that has the potential to travel at more than 1,050mph.

A team of engineers and technicians from the University of the West of England have unveiled a scale wooden and plastic models of the Bloodhound SSC at the Science Museum in London.

The full-size version will be 12.8 metres long, 6.4 metres wide, weigh in at 6.4 tonnes and have a top speed of 1,050mph. Its power will come from a Eurojet EJ200 and a Falcon hybrid rocket - each delivering 20,000lbs and 27,000lbs thrust respectively.

Project leader Richard Noble OBE, who held the land speed record between 1983 and 1997 with the Thrust2 and a top speed of 633.468mph, said: "We have held the world land speed record for the last 25 years and we still hold it. There is early competition developing and we have to defend our record."

The Bloodhound Project is set to tour schools across the UK in the hope of generating more interest in engineering.

"We can share the Bloodhound SSC technology openly because there are minimal design restrictions for the land speed record vehicles and therefore competitive cars tend to be completely different," Mr Noble said.

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