WITH its sleek design and Concorde-like nose, the Bloodhound looks just what you would imagine a supersonic car to look like.
In two years time its team of engineers hope to use it to set a new land speed world record of 1,000 miles per hour.
And driving the rocket-like machine will be former Hartlepool man Andy Green.
Andy, who grew up in town when his dad Tony served as the town’s chief fire officer, already holds the current land speed world record of 763mph.
That was set in 1997 in America’s Nevada desert in the Thrust supersonic car.
Much of the Thrust’s team of skilled engineers are behind the Bloodhound project.
But the Bloodhound’s primary objective is to excite and inspire the next generation of UK engineers.
Andy, 51, whose day job is as a wing commander in the RAF, said: “It is an engineering adventure to bring science and technology to life for a new generation.
“We are going to achieve that by designing building and racing the world’s first 1,000mph car and by sharing all of the process and testing as we do it through the project’s website.
Andy, who attended High Tunstall secondary school in the 1970s and lived in Stanhope Avenue, was brought onto the project as a consultant around six years ago.
And it was not long before Andy, who now lives in High Wycombe, found himself in the driving seat again.
“I gave a lot of thought as to how you would select a driver and realised I was probably as qualified as anybody was going to be based on my history of flying fast jets and driving the Thrust supersonic car.
“It is the most fantastic and huge privilege. I have got the best day job in the world with the RAF and the best holiday job working for a group of world class engineers, designing the most innovative technology to do something no group of people have ever achieved on land.”
Andy, married to Emma, said the team are developing the sort of technology NASA needed to get to the moon in the 1960s, adding: “We are hoping to create an Apollo moment for the 21st Century.”
The Bloodhound project, which works closely with schools, is being sponsored by non other than Rolls Royce who build the Typhoon jet engine that will power the car.
Next year Andy and the team will take it to South Africa where they hope to reach 800 mph on a specially-designed track. They aim to return the following year to set the new record of 1,000mph.
Keep fully up to date with the project at www.bloodhoundssc.com where Andy writes a regular blog.