1,000mph car aiming to break speed records

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The world's most powerful racing car is to be revealed publicly for the first time today and is expected to attract up to 8,000 curious members of the public over the coming few days.

Bloodhound, which can cover a mile in just 3.6 seconds, will be on display in London before it is fully tested next year at Newquay Aerohub in Cornwall and later at a desert venue in South Africa.

The £10m (€13.6m) car was assembled at Avonmouth, near Bristol, and is the result of eight years of research, design and production by more than 350 companies and universities.

There are hopes the car can set a new world land speed record by reaching speeds of up to 1,000mph.

The record currently stands at 763mph and was set by Andy Green in Thrust SSC at Black Rock Desert in Nevada in 1997.

Mr Green, 52, will also be driving Bloodhound, a machine he describes as "an extraordinary piece of extreme technology".

The car has three power sources - a Rolls Royce EJ200 jet from a Eurofighter Typhoon, a cluster of Nammo hybrid rockets and a Jaguar V8 engine.

Between them they can generate 135,000 thrust horsepower - the equivalent of 180 Formula One cars.

When Bloodhound is on public display, some of the carbon fibre panels will be removed to allow people to see the technology inside.

Members of the public will also be able to see inside the cockpit, which includes a sophisticated digital dashboard.

Richard Noble, who is the project's director, said there had been "incredible" public interest in Bloodhound.

He added: "With the car now built and the track in South Africa prepared, our focus is on racing in 2016.

"That part of the adventure starts with runway tests at Newquay Aerohub next Easter."

The car is on display at East Wintergarden in London this Friday and Saturday - the event is free but timed tickets need to be obtained in advance.

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