Chancellor George Osborne has praised the work of the Bristol team behind the project to build the world's fastest car.
Speaking at the Conservative Conference in Manchester, he said the Bloodhound, which will aim to beat the world landspeed record, was an example of the pioneering work still being carried out in the UK.
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