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A car that's faster than a speeding bullet

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(Read caption) Record racer: While the Bloodhound only exists on paper right now, the British team wants to have the super sonic car running by 2011. They hope the design will reach 1,050 m.p.h.

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A British team that’s been blasting past land-speed records since 1983 is ready to break it again. After surpassing their previous best by reaching 763 m.p.h. in 1997, the crew has drafted a design for a new supersonic car capable of hitting 1,050 m.p.h. – or 10 miles every 34 seconds.

The new craft, dubbed the Bloodhound, will be 42 feet long and weigh more than 6 tons. With two rockets bolted to the back – one to kick-start the launch and a second jet hooked up to a racing engine – the vehicle will need a shell as tough as a submarine’s to withstand the pressure. At top speed, the air will pound against the hull at more than 12 tons of force per square yard.

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Richard Noble, who manned the team’s first record-breaker in 1983 and has led the Bloodhound team for the past 18 months, hopes sponsors will pick up the expected $16.1 million bill. If all goes well, Noble’s crew will finish and fire up the car by 2011.

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