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1,000-Mile-Per-Hour Rocket Car Clears Preliminary Test

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LONDON (Reuters) - The British team behind a project to build a 1,000-mph car have cleared a key hurdle with a successful test of the rocket they hope will push the vehicle well beyond the sound barrier. 

The rocket will be twinned with a fighter jet engine from a Eurofighter Typhoon on the Bloodhound supersonic car in a bid to smash the existing world land speed record of 763 mph set 15 years ago by the same team in Thrust SSC. 

The test-firing, which produced a jet of flame from the rocket fixed to a test rig in a bomb-proof military hangar at an airport in the southwest English town of Newquay, lasted a matter of seconds. click here to read more

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