Bloodhound car set to zoom – with Hartlepool driver at the wheel

Bloodhound Project driver Andy Green inside the cockpit of the Bloodhound.

Bloodhound Project driver Andy Green inside the cockpit of the Bloodhound.

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A TEAM of five technicians worked for eight hours to fit a state-of-the-art engine to a super-fast car which is set to have a former Hartlepool driver at the wheel.

Andy Green, 51, who hails from the town, is hoping to break the world land speed record with the £10m rocket-powered car called the Bloodhound.

This week, technicians achieved a significant milestone in the build of the racing car when they fitted its jet engine for the first time.

The specialist engineers had to make sure the engine was a perfect fit to the vehicle, validating 30 years of world-leading design.

Andy Green is hoping to break the world land speed record with the car, which will cover 12 miles in two minutes during a 1,000mph run.

The Bloodhound team will try to break the 1,000mph barrier in the South African desert in 2015 and 2016.

The car may be the most powerful land vehicle in the world, power equivalent to the combined output of 180 Formula 1 cars.

A spokesman for the team said: “Going fast is not its primarily role. Rather, it is designed to inspire a generation by showcasing science and engineering in the most exciting and accessible way possible. The Bloodhound Project is grateful for the support of a raft of world-class companies who share our ambition to inspire a generation.”