World land speed attempt car to be built in Bristol

The British team attempting to break the world land speed record will build its 1,000mph vehicle in Bristol.

It was also announced that the design for the Bloodhound SSC (Supersonic car) had now been sorted out, with a jet engine from the Eurofighter Typhoon being positioned above the prototype hybrid rocket.

The record attempt will begin with runs on a flat, dried-up lake bed at Hakskeen Pan in South Africa's Northern Cape Province in 2011. The car will be driven by Wing Commander Andy Green, who broke the world record by achieving a speed of 763mph in Thrust SSC in 1997.

The Bloodhound project is designed to inspire young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Bloodhound team announced that 2,410 schools had signed up to the Bloodhound programme and that the Bloodhound supporters club had so far raised £137,000.

The car has gone through 10 design evolutions since work started on it and the building of the vehicle will now commence at a site in Bristol Docklands next door to Isambard Kingdom Brunel's ship, the SS Great Britain, and called the "Dog House".

Its hybrid rocket is the largest ever designed in the UK - weighing 400kg and being 14ft long. With the EJ200 jet engine, the rocket will give the car a thrust equivalent to the power of 180 Formula One cars. The first prototype rocket has already been successfully fired in California's Mojave desert.

The Bloodhound team have spent some time looking for a perfect location for the record attempt, with 35 sites making into on to the short list.

Verneuk Pan in South Africa, scene of an unsuccessful bid for the land speed record by Sir Malcolm Campbell in 1929 was favoured at one time, but had a stone-littered surface. Eventually, Hakskeen Pan was chosen. It has a relatively debris-free surface and is 12 miles long, although a dirt track which crosses the run area will have to be removed.

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