WORK has begun on building a super-fast car to smash all previous records and reach the breathtaking speed of 1,000mph. The Bloodhound Supersonic car will be driven by Wing Commander Andy Green who set the current land speed record of 763mph back in 1997. He told Sky News Online it is not a question of whether the car will reach the coveted speed of 1,000mph, but when. We are trying to go as far as modern technology will possibly allow. We are creating the most astonishing vehicle, he said. This time last year we were talking about 'if, but I know this car will do 1,000 miles per hour. It will be an extraordinary thing for us and for British engineering on a global scale. Wing Commander Green, 47, is uniquely qualified to drive the supersonic vehicle. As well as his involvement with several previous land speed record attempts, he has been a fighter pilot for the RAF for the last 20 years. For him though, this project is about more than just a major feat of engineering. Previous land speed records were just about showing what you could do. This is different, he said. Bloodhound has an entirely different aim of creating an iconic project that can inspire the nation,and the nations schools, to have an interest in science and engineering. We want to create a global effect and excite and grow the next generations. The car will be powered by a European Typhoon fighter jet engine and the largest hybrid rocket the UK has ever built. It will have the equivalent power of 180 Formula One cars and will accelerate at 50 miles per second. The team will use the largest computers in the country to model the aerodynamics. At the base in Bristol, appropriately next to Brunels SS Great Britain, they have more computers than the Met Office. The record attempt itself with be televised live from the 10-mile-long track in a desert in South Africas Northern Cape in summer 2011. Sky News It will be unmissable television, said Wing Commander Green. It will be very hot and noisy with a violent acceleration and deceleration which will feel pretty much like a crash. But as long as all four wheels stay on the ground, everything else we can deal with. Sky News