World land speed record set to be tested in Newquay

April 09th, 2015

A British team who are currently in the middle of developing a jet-engine car that will be capable of achieving 1,000mph is ready to send the vehicle out to test near our luxury holiday parks in Cornwall.

The impressive creation, the Bloodhound SSC, is powered by a state-of-the-art EJ200 jet engine and a cluster of hybrid rockets. It cost around £41 million to create and produce, and will mount an assault on the world land speed record in the near future.

The team behind the car will begin testing at Newquay Cornwall Airport this August, followed by the full run in South Africa, in 2015 and 2016.

Wing Commander and Bloodhound driver Andy Green, who is the current world land speed record holder, made a special visit to Cornwall to speak at an event recently. The event was hosted by the Invest In Cornwall team, a Convergence European Regional Development and Cornwall Council-funded project, as part of the build-up to the big day.

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