Philip Dunne, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, said nurturing engineering skills in youngsters is vital to British industry, and the project is a good opportunity for the Army to share its experience and skills and "That experience will feed directly back into the front line as they progress through their Army careers.”

Carbon Neutral Investments (CNI) has also signed an exclusive agreement to become the sole environmental sponsor of the Bloodhound SSC project, rendering it the world's first carbon neutral land speed record attempt.

Also hoping to break the 1 000 mph barrier in the next few years are Ed Shadle with his North American Eagle (based on a Lockheed F-104 Starfighter and driven by Dane Per Wimmer), Mark Reed's Aussie Invader R5 - based on a 30' steel oil pipe, and the Perth, WA based Silver Bullet RV-1.