A new supersonic car could shatter the land speed record later this year by smashing the 1,000mph record.
And workers in a West Yorkshire town have given a helping hand to make the slick £10 million dream machine – which will aim to travel faster than a bullet – a reality.
The British creation named ‘Bloodhound Supersonic Car’ (SSC) has a rocket system which the designers hope will help the vehicle smash through the 1,000mph barrier.
Dewsbury firm Chem Resist has made the specially designed fuel pumps which carry dangerous hydrogen peroxide, which helps boost the top speed.
It is 12-feet-long, 18 inches in diameter and weighs just under 1,000lb. The system is the largest of its kind ever designed in Europe.
Neil Williams, director of Chem Resist, said the hydrogen peroxide used by Bloodhound’s rocket must be handled with extreme care.
He said: “Our considerable experience in reactive chemicals enabled us to provide pump and safety valve solutions for the hydrogen peroxide loading rigs.
“A jet engine, as used in the Typhoon/Eurofighter, plus a rocket will take Bloodhound from a jet-powered 400mph to a rocket-propelled 1,000mph. We provided a full pump solution that includes both the pump itself and the electric pump drive with a remote operation facility.”
The firm at Ravensthorpe Industrial estate, has been established for 50 years and employs around 40 people.
Named after the British cold war supersonic air defence missiles, Bloodhound will attempt to beat the existing record by more than 250mph, raising the current record from 763mph to an astonishing 1,000mph.
Chem Resist’s fluid transfer division are providing four world chemical pumps and back-up pumps at both ends of the land record run in South Africa later in 2013 or early 2014.