Watch this rocket-powered vehicle go from 0-200 miles per hour in nine seconds

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"The auto did exactly what we were looking for, two runs of just over 200 miles per hour", Green was quoted as saying.

A British auto created to reach 1,000mph has been tested in public for the first time.

Labelled as "low speed tests", Green will drive the vehicle on the Newquay airport's runway to speeds of 200mph (about 322 km/h).

Bloodhound SSC, created by the same team behind current record holder ThrustSSC, completed two laps of Newquay airport, making its way up to 200mph on the runway.

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At Newquay it ran on Dunlop tyres from an English Electric Lightning fighter, but they wouldn't last five seconds at high speed - the real wheels, which will turn at 10,200 rpm, are made of solid aluminium.

Chief engineer Mark Chapman said that at the Bloodhound's top speeds, a 1kg (2.2 Ibs) bag of sugar would weigh 50 tonnes, and that the car's full power will be equivalent to 180 Formula one vehicles. That's not enough to break the world land speed record of 763 miles per hour (1,227 km/h), but it would allow the engineers to learn a lot more about the vehicle's capabilities. They intend to push automotive design to the limits of what our knowledge and materials can achieve - and if in the process they push the speed goalposts so far over the horizon that the Union Flag will fly forever over the record, then that's only right. Green, along with many Bloodhound Project team members, achieved a speed of 760 miles per hour in 1997 with a turbofan-powered vehicle, the ThrustSSC, in Nevada.

The engineering behind the Bloodhound SSC is fascinating.

The two runway trials came after a series of tests to check the car's steering, brakes, suspension and data systems, as well as the efficiency of the intake feeding air to the EJ200 jet engine, sourced from a Eurofighter Typhoon.