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Full report: next step in land speed record attempt

The next step in developing a rocket-powered car capable of travelling at one thousand miles an hour took place in Bristol today. The team behind the supersonic 'Bloodhound' unveiled their new technical headquarters.

The centre was opened by Science Minister David Willetts, who announced a one million pound grant for the project. Engineers hope the car will easily break the land speed record when they make an attempt in 2015. Jonty Messer reports:


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

Rolls Royce sponsor British attempt at land speed record

Bloodhound project director Richard Noble pictured with the Bloodhound supersonic car. Credit: PA

British engine maker Rolls-Royce is to sponsor for the first time a bid to break a world land speed record, it was announced today.

The company is backing the Bristol-based Bloodhound project, which is focused on travelling at over 1,000mph and breaking the world land speed record.

A Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet engine will be used in conjunction with a custom designed hybrid rocket.

Next year the Bloodhound team are hoping to travel to South Africa to break the current land speed record of 763mph. They then will target the 1,000mph barrier.