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Supersonic car hoping to break 1,000mph begins testing

A supersonic car being built and designed in Bristol that aims to reach speeds of 1,000mph is being tested today.

Engineers are firing up the Bloodhound's jet engine to test the chassis and fuel system.

It's hoped the Bloodhound will exceed 1000mph Credit: Bloodhound SSC

They're hoping to break the land-speed record in South Africa next summer.

In preparation for that attempt tests are being carried out at Newquay Airport.

We were there and spoke to one of the team:

Bloodhound to be unveiled to the nation

The Bloodhound will be unveiled in London today Credit: Flock London

The supersonic car known as the Bloodhound will be unveiled today.

The Bristol-built vehicle is making its debut in London, before going on public display.

The much-anticipated racer is aiming to break world records by reaching speeds of more than 1,000 miles per hour.

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Bloodhound to be revealed to the nation

The Bloodhound will be unveiled in London today Credit: Flock London

The supersonic car known as the Bloodhound will be unveiled today.

The car engine was tested at Newquay Cornwall Airport, where it will return in November for its first test run.

The much-anticipated racer is aiming to break world records by reaching speeds of more than 1,000 miles per hour.

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.

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