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A British Team Is Trying To Break The Sound Barrier With A 1,000 MPH Rocket Car

•, Alex Davies
 In 1997, the ThrustSSC became the first car ever to break the sound barrier, setting a land speed record of 763 mph with Royal Air Force pilot Andy Green at the wheel.

Now, Thrust project director Richard Noble and Green are aiming to smash that record by 31 percent, by hitting Mach 1.4: 1,000 mph.

The Bloodhound SSC (SuperSonic Car), which is nearly 46 feet long and weighs 14,000 pounds, is set to produce an awe-inspiring 135,000 horsepower, powered by an engine from a Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet, and a custom-built hybrid rocket.

The project first took shape in 2008. In 2010, the form of the Bloodhound was finalized, and since then it has been under construction. The current team is about 40 people, half of whom are engineers.

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