http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19791084 Build it and they will come. The project to make a car capable of going 1,000mph (1,610km/h) is finalising the budget to complete its construction. There then requires just the money to run it for at least two years - the time it will take first to breach the current land speed record (763mph or 1,228km/h), and thereafter to raise it beyond 1,000mph. The thinking is that once people see the Bloodhound SuperSonic Car (SSC) for real, the sponsors necessary to complete the job will make themselves available. That's the idea, anyway. For as long as Bloodhound remains just a "paper vehicle" (or the dream of a computer animator), there will inevitably be some hesitancy, some doubts... which makes this week's first UK firing of the car's hybrid rocket engine all the more important. It's a very visible demonstration of progress. "We've been very good at being a virtual car, if you like," says chief engineer Mark Chapman. "We rely very heavily on computational methods, computational design, and we do some great imagery. And people go, 'well, when's that going to happen?' "But we're now in manufacture. So perhaps the biggest statement to make is [that] this is the rocket test fire, but this is also the first stage of a column of dominoes that will fall over the next six to 12 months, meaning this time next year we will be in South Africa running the car." To recap for those who haven't been following this project that closely, Bloodhound is essentially the same team that claimed the land speed record for Britain in 1997. Then, RAF fighter pilot Andy Green became the first driver to break the sound barrier in a car called Thrust SSC at Black Rock Desert in the US. The project was headed by Richard Noble, with Ron Ayers acting as the chief aero engineer.