British fighter pilot Andy Green is the first person ever to break the sound barrier on land and the world land speed record holder since 1997. Back then, he broke the world land speed record in the ThrustSSC jet-engined vehicle, reaching 763.035 mph or 1,227.986 km/h, the equivalent of Mach 1.016.
It was the first supersonic record set on land in the history of mankind, and probably any man would have declared himself satisfied and called it a day. Not Andy Green though, who is again working with Richard Noble to set a new world land speed record, this time in a new machine, the Bloodhound SSC.
Their objective is now to break the 1,000 mph (1,609 km/h) barrier, which is a scarier endeavor that one can ever imagine. Powered by a jet engine and a rocket engine, the Bloodhound SSC is designed to reach 1,050 mph (1,690 km/h).
Chris Harris paid a visit to the team behind this sensational project at its headquarters in Bristol, where he got all possible information on the Bloodhound SSC from Mark Elvin, senior design engineer, who describes the vehicle as a cross between a racing car, a train and a lorry.
Towards the end of the 42-minute long video, Harris also met Andy Green, who took him in his Extra 300 stunt plane to demonstrate the G-forces he will experience during the record attempt. Scroll down to see how he coped with the challenge.