Model of Proposed 1,000 Mph Car Unveiled

FARNBOROUGH, England, July 20 (UPI) — A full-size model of a car designed to go faster than 1,000 mph was unveiled in Britain by its designers, who say testing could begin next year.

A replica of the proposed 42-foot Bloodhound Supersonic Car was introduced Monday at the annual Farnborough International Air Show in England, BBC News reported.

SSC designers say two British aerospace companies will cooperate to build the car.

“We now have a route to manufacture for the whole car,” said chief engineer Mark Chapman.

“We would hope to be able to shake down the vehicle on a runway in the (United Kingdom) either at the end of 2011 or at the beginning of 2012,” he said.

Following tests, the car will be shipped to a dry lake bed in South Africa to begin its attempt at a new world land speed record.

The car will be driven by Royal Air Force Wing Cmdr. Andy Green, who holds the current record of 763 mph set by the Thrust SuperSonic car on the Bonneville, Utah, salt flats in 1997, the BBC said.

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