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Bloodhound team aims to break 1,000mph speed limit

6 Mar 14  | CBSbutler

A team of British engineers is hoping to set a new land speed record - breaking the 1,000mph barrier in the process, reports. The world-renowned Bloodhound team, led by living legend Richard Noble, is hoping that a new venture would not only set a new land speed record but also breach 1,000mph in the process.

Given the current record stands at 763mph, success in this new venture would also bring about the largest single jump since men started strapping themselves to jet engines.

Noble may have once been eager to strap himself into the jet-powered vehicles, but at 67 years of age he's put those days behind him. Instead, the keys will be once more handed over to Oxford-educated mathematician and former RAF pilot Andy Green, who also happens to be the current record holder and the only man on earth to have broken the sound barrier whilst on land.

Regardless of the mission's success, the team has already encouraged a whole new generation to think about engineering as a potential career. The Bloodhound website, for example, is used in science classes at around 5,000 secondary schools across the UK.

At one school, notes, pupils even helped to build their own miniature Bloodhound, which was sent racing along the school's grounds at an impressive 240mph.

There has also been government backing, which was crucial to Noble's team securing the jet engines upon which their entire bid hinged.

Noble and his team are expected to undertake their challenge sometime during 2016 at Hakskeen Pan, a dried lake in the Kalahari desert. Locals have already begun preparing the area so conditions are ideal for the team's arrival. If successful, the vehicle will cover the length of five football fields every second.

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