Public debut for land-speed record challenger

The team behind the next assault on the land-speed record is displaying a life-size model of the car it intends to use for the high-speed run.

The Bloodhound replica is on display at this year's Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire, and is the first chance that the public has had to get up close to the car that aims to go from 0-1,000mph in around 42 seconds.

There is no chance of the model breaking any records though - it is made of polystyrene blocks that have been covered in fibre glass and resin to create the finished look. The whole process apparently took 'thousands' of hours to complete, with even the paintwork taking six individual coats.

The model weighs 950kg and at 12.8m is longer than four old-style Minis (three and a half new Minis). However it can be broken down into three separate parts for ease of transportation.

The Bloodhound team also announced two other bits of good news - the Eurofighter Typhoon jet engine that will be used to power the car has successfully completed a series of testing, and the car has secured three new sponsors to help fund the mission.
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