A 1,000mph supersonic car engineers are hoping will break the land speed record this year applied its brakes for a stop in Oxford yesterday.
The Bloodhound car parked up outside Oxford University’s Advanced Research Computing site in Keble Road to go on show to residents and visitors.
It is a version of the supersonic car its designers are backing to break the current record of 763mph in September by reaching 800mph – and then 1,000mph in 2016.
This is well above the speed of sound barrier of 761mph.
Franz Nehammer, who is part of the Bloodhound team, said: “The plan is in August that we will run in Newquay on a runway doing loads of shakedown tests.
“After that it will be taken out to South Africa where it will run on a specially prepared 12 mile by three mile track to run the car at speed, and hopefully break the record this year and run away with it next year.”
Next year the team is aiming to break the 1,000mph milestone.
The car will be driven by Andy Green, who piloted the Thrust SSC car to the current land speed record back in 1997.
Franz added: “Andy’s the only guy on the planet who has driven supersonically, so he has the best CV we could ask for.”
The Bloodhound car is being built in Avonmouth near Bristol.
It is classed as a car because it has four wheels and is under full control of its driver.