The fastest rocket car in history will have its first test in Newquay, Cornwall, tomorrow with the British team behind the project streaming all the action live on the internet.
The Bloodhound Project’s hybrid rocket is the largest ever built in Europe and the biggest to be fired in the UK for 20 years.
Shown online, it will generate the combined output of 95 Formula One cars and be substantially louder than the take-off of a Boeing 747.
Chief engineer Mark Chapman told the BBC that although the Newquay run is a test, it is the first step towards looking at breaking the land-speed record, set by Bloodhound SSC in 1997.
‘The biggest statement to make is [that] this is the rocket test fire, but this is also the first stage of a column of dominoes that will fall over the next six to 12 months, meaning this time next year we will be in South Africa running the car,’ he said.
The team hopes the project will inspire young people in Britain to become scientists.