A British car that is expected to smash through the world record has been driven in public for the first time.
The Bloodhound SSC has been designed to reach 1,000mph and is something like a car combined with a fighter jet. But its first outing was a little less spectacular – though only by a little.
It sped from 0-200mph in eight seconds during the demonstration, spewing fire out of its back as it did so. It was driven by ex-RAF figher pilot Andy Green, who sped it along the runway at Cornwall Airport Newquay.
More than 3,000 spectators witnessed the exercise, which was used to prove the vehicle's steering, brakes, suspension, data systems and other functions.
The team behind the car say it is a combination of a fighter jet, a Formula One car and a spaceship.
It is fitted with an EJ200 jet engine, sourced from a Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft.
The car will attempt the break the land speed record in South Africa in 2019.
In 1997 Mr Green was the driver for the Thrust SSC team as they set the current record of 763mph.
Bloodhound SSC is designed to reach 1,000mph in a bid to set a record that cannot be beaten by existing technology.
Speaking after the Newquay test was completed, Mr Green said: "We came here to show the world Bloodhound is go.
"I cannot think of a better way to do it than that run. Two back to back runs, the longest runs we've done, the highest speeds we've done, the most energy going into the brakes.
"The car just said: 'I can do all of this. I'm designed for supersonic speed but this I can do easily'."
Additional reporting by agencies
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