Bloodhound supersonic car engine test fired

Engineers and soldiers with the Cosworth engine and rocket from Bloodhound SSC inside a hardened shelter at RAF St Mawgan, Newquay, where the engine is on tes
Engineers and soldiers with the Cosworth engine and rocket from Bloodhound SSC inside a hardened shelter at RAF St Mawgan, Newquay, where the engine is on test. Photo: ITV News

The mission to produce the world's first 1,000 mph car revved forward today as the engine was fired up for the first time.

Engineers behind the £10 million Bloodhound supersonic car project said they were happy with the short test, which took place at Newquay airport in Corwall.

The full scale model of Bloodhound SSC inside a hardened shelter at RAF St Mawgan, Newquay
The full scale model of Bloodhound SSC inside a hardened shelter at RAF St Mawgan, Newquay Credit: ITV News

Although the car did not move, the high-powered engine roared for almost 20 seconds. The next step is to analyse the data to see whether it is safe to install the engine into a vehicle.

28-year-old rocket engineer Daniel Jubb said he was relieved and happy with the engine test went well.

Engineers check data from the Bloodhound SCC engine
Engineers check data from the Bloodhound SCC engine Credit: ITV News

Mr Jubb described how the run-up to the testing had caused him many sleepness nights, but he was excited the next stage of the project was underway. He said:

The initial indications are that it went very well indeed. It is heads down looking at the data now, it is probably going to take us a full 10 days to look at that.

Then we will be preparing for the next firing. We have a lot of safety testing to make sure we are happy to put this rocket into a man's vehicle.

The safety testing in an engine of this size is crucial
The safety testing in an engine of this size is crucial Credit: Press Association

See the video of the rocket test on the ITV West website