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Centre for land speed record opens in Bristol

David Willets, Minister for Universities and Science has opened the new Technical centre for The Bloodhound project in Bristol.

Model of the Bloodhound. Credit: ITV News West Country

The supersonic car will attempt to break the land speed record in 2015.

The shell of the actual Bloodhound car. Credit: ITV News West Country

The team of engineers are hoping the car will reach speeds of 1000mph in the South African desert smashing the existing record set back in 1997.

Mr Willets officially opening the new Technical Centre in Bristol. Credit: ITV News West Country
The plaque unveiled by Mr Willets. Credit: ITV News West Country


Bristol team successfully test rocket engine.

The Bloodhound will eventually reach speeds of more than 1,000 mph Credit: ITV West

It's hoped the Bloodhound will eventually reach speeds of more than one thousand miles an hour. The project has involved companies, scientists and schools from across the westcountry. The University of the West of England is a partner in the project, which has attracted many volunteers.

Full report: Bristol built supersonic car fired up

Cornwall was the focus of an engineering breakthrough today as tests took place on one of the biggest rockets ever made in Britain.

The rocket will be used to power the Bloodhound car in the hope it'll break the world land speed record, travelling at more than 1,000 miles per hour. Despite today's success, there were some nervous moments before it was fired at Newquay Airport.

Supersonic car about to be fired up for first time

The Bloodhound was built by engineers in Bristol Credit: ITV West

A supersonic car built by engineers in Bristol will be fired up for the first time tomorrow.

The 'Bloodhound' is due to test its engine at in a hangar at Newquay airport.

It's hoping to reach speeds of up to one thousand miles per hour in a World Land Speed Record attempt in 2014 - that's faster than a bullet fired from a gun and well beyond the speed of sound.