British-built supersonic car aiming to beat world land speed record goes on show

A 1,000mph British racing car, the most powerful in the world, will be unveiled on Thursday.

Around 8,000 people are expected to visit London's Canary Wharf to catch a glimpse of the £10 million supersonic Bloodhound.

The car, built in Avonmouth, can travel a mile in 3.6 seconds and the team behind it hope it will break the world land speed record.

Andy Green set the current record of 763mph in Thrust SSC at Black Rock Desert in Nevada in 1997 and he will be at the wheel again when the Bloodhound goes for glory.

The current record of 763mph was set in Thrust SSC in 1997. Credit: PA

The car is powered by a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet from a Eurofighter Typhoon, a cluster of Nammo hybrid rockets and a Jaguar V8 engine, generating 35,000 thrust horsepower, the equivalent to 180 F1 cars.

The Bloodhound will undergo 200mph trials next year at Newquay Aerohub in Cornwall before embarking on a series of high-speed runs in a desert venue in South Africa.

Public interest in the project is incredible and thanks to the generous support of our partners we are delighted to able to bring Bloodhound to London and put it on show.

Project director Richard Noble

The car can be viewed at East Wintergarden between 9am and 8pm on Friday and 9am and 5pm on Saturday. Tickets are free but must be bought from the Bloodhound SSC website in advance.