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Engineers Speed Towards 1,000mph Supercar
A British racing team's hope of breaking the 1,000mph speed barrier has come a step closer with the unveiling of their car's state-of-the art cockpit.
The Bloodhound SSC is a supersonic racing car designed to travel faster than the speed of sound.
Next year RAF fighter pilot Andy Green will attempt to break his land speed world record of 760mph - set in 1997.
The cockpit is made-to-measure, took more than 10,000 hours to make and is designed to protect the driver from the effect of travelling at very high speed.
Wing Commander Andy Green told Sky News: "It's going to be a fairly extreme set of physical sensations, we've got a huge amount of power in this car - 135 thrust horsepower, accelerating at over 2G, 40 mph per second - the energy that's going on over the cockpit and the noise that comes through is going to be quite hard physically for me."
The £10m rocket-powered car features three engines with the combined power of 95 Formula 1 cars.
An unusual thing about this project is that all aspects of the design and the build are available online for anyone to see.
Engineer Sarah Covell explained: "Normally if you are in F1, you don't want to give away your competitive advantage, you don't want to share the drawings or the images of the cars.
"We are designing a one-in-a-million car. We are the only ones with a typhoon jet engine, you can't really steal the drawings so we are able to share everything we are doing."
The record attempt will take place in the South African desert around a specially-built 12 mile track.