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.
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.
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.