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Hartlepool pilot aims to reach 1,000mph on land

Pilot Andy Green climbs into the cockpit of the Bloodhound. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/PA Images
The Bloodhound in action. Credit: You Tube

A Hartlepool-born pilot is behind the controls of the Bloodhound land speed racing car, which is aiming to become the world’s first to reach 1,000mph.

Wing Commander Andy Green also set the current world land speed record of 763mph in Thrust SSC at Black Rock Desert in Nevada in 1997.

The Bloodhound SCC is undergoing 200mph trials at Newquay Aerohub in Cornwall.

It 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 car was built in Avonmouth and can travel a mile in 3.6 seconds.

The runway trials mark the culmination of a month of tests to prove the car's steering, brakes, suspension, data systems as well as the EJ200 jet engine.

Thousands have turned out to witness the spectacle.

The Newquay Trials mark the first opportunity to train the support crew, as well as develop the car's operating procedures, prove and refine the safety protocols, and practice radio communications, before they head overseas for the world record attempt in late 2018.