The SSC Bloodhound team, many of whom share the current land speed record of 763 mph, conducted the first successful tests of their new rocket car's engine in October of last year. The test, conducted in a Hardened Air Shelter at Cornwall's Newquay Airport, puts the team much closer to their dream of a 1,000 mph land speed record:
The event marked the most important milestone yet in the development of the 1,000mph Bloodhound SSC vehicle ahead of the team's attempt at the land speed record in two years' time.
Capable of producing 27,000lbf of peak thrust (122kN), at four meters (12 feet) long, 45.7 cm (18 inches) in diameter and weighing 400 kg, the Falcon rocket is the largest hybrid ever designed in Europe and the largest rocket to have been tested in the UK for 20 years.
The final Bloodhound will feature two additional power sources: a Cosworth CA2010 and a Eurofighter-Typhoon jet.