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Lindsey and the Rocket Car

Lindsey gets to see what could be the fastest car in history in action.


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This is Blue Peter - but mini.

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Expect epic adventures, makes, bakes,

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badges, pets,

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presenters and your post.

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We've only got five minutes, so get ready for your Blue Peter adventure.

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On BP, we absolutely love a challenge.

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But I've come to Cornwall to meet a team who may love pushing

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themselves to the limit even more.

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In 1997, they set the record for the fastest speed ever

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travelled on land.

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Driving a car at 773 mph.

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But these guys don't think that's fast enough,

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so they're going to be attempting to break 1,000 miles per hour.

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I'll say that again - 1,000 miles per hour.

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And they're going to be using this - the Bloodhound SSC.

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Powered by a jet engine and a rocket,

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over the next few years, the team are hoping to break

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the land-speed record in South Africa

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and, eventually, reach 1,000 mph.

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But to get there, they need to do tests - lots of tests.

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-OK, Andy, happy with your car checks?

-All good.

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Fire extinguisher's good.

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I've been given amazing access

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to help out at the team's latest trials.

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It's not every day you get a Bloodhound car into position.

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The engineering that will make this thing move is cutting-edge.

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It's got more horsepower than 800 family cars, and the inside of

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the rocket that powers it is twice as hot as the centre of a volcano.

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It took more than two years of work to get the car

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ready for today's testing.

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Today's test is just one step towards the final

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target of 1,000 miles an hour.

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But it will give the team an idea of how the car will react.

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Here to see it are local schools,

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eager to learn about the science of speed.

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And I'm discovering just how heavy all that technology can be.

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Am I pushing this on my own? Come on! It's not that light!

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An engine as big as this needs a bit of a kick-start,

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and I'm getting to do just that.

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-It's fairly heavy, but...

-OK, yup, that is quite heavy.

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-OK. Pushing it in?

-Push it. Push it, give it a good push.

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Driver RAF Wing Commander Andy Green

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holds the current land-speed record,

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and uses all his experience as he goes through final safety checks.

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I cannot imagine what's going through Andy's head

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as he prepares to go at 200 mph.

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This has gone from being really fun and a bit of a laugh

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to quite serious.

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Everyone is really focused.

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Everything is set.

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It's time to see what this car can do.

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Runway 1-2, surface wind is six o'clock at 1-3 knots.

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OK, Andy's in position.

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It's go time.

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3-0, Delta, Mike.

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This is going to be loud.

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Look at the heat!

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He's moving!

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Woo!

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10, 9,

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8...

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5, 4

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3, 2,

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1.

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BLAST! Oh!

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Wow, that is fast!

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Bloodhound hits 200 mph for just a matter of seconds.

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Any longer and it could run out of runway.

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But in the open South African desert, that won't be a problem.

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I cannot imagine what 1,000 mph is going to look like.

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Unbelievable.

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And those few seconds seem to have wowed the crowd.

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I felt like the hairs on my neck were standing up.

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Really loud, it just sounded amazing.

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It's pretty nerve-racking,

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because you never know what could happen, going that fast.

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It was really cool and it sort of made me vibrate.

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For the team, it seems mission accomplished - for now.

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Hopefully, all of the kids enjoyed seeing...

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Well, I was going to say, the crowd were going wild.

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-They were loving it.

-That's exactly what we're after.

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And that's why you're here.

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So that's almost like the dress rehearsal done.

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And now you're going to do the real thing in South Africa,

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at pretty much five times that speed. Do you think you can do it?

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I'm absolutely certain we're going to do it.

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Well, what an incredible day that was. I am genuinely in awe,

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and feeling totally inspired. Hopefully you are, too.

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And I guess all that's left to say is a huge good luck to the

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team in South Africa. I know they can get that world record.

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