Hartlepool man’s bid to break world land speed record

BLOODHOUND GANG: The car in pieces and, below, Andy Green

BLOODHOUND GANG: The car in pieces and, below, Andy Green

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HOW’S this for a model car kit?

Except this is no toy – it is a supersonic car that is on track to challenge the world land speed record this summer.

Andy Green

Andy Green

And behind the wheel will be pilot Andy Green, who grew up in Hartlepool.

The Bloodhound car contains over 3,500 components, many of them custom-made, including a state-of-the-art Rolls-Royce jet engine.

The milestone project has seen 110 man-years invested in the design, build and manufacture of the supersonic car, which is set to take on the 763mph land speed record in the Kalahari Desert, South Africa.

The team hopes to set a new world land speed record of 1,000mph in 2016.

Driver Andy, 52, who grew up in Hartlepool when his dad Tony served as the town’s chief fire officer, said: “The Bloodhound engineering team had 10 distinct goals, relating to 10 different areas of the car, to achieve by the end of 2014.

“We’ve hit all 10, which leaves us on track to roll the car out in summer 2015 for its first test runs.”

But the Bloodhound project is not all about breaking records.

It’s primary aim is to educate and inspire the next generation of engineers by working with schools.