The Steve Fossett World Land Speed Racing Team have been struggling to break the world land speed record since they first announced their ambitions back in October, 2006. The racing team has suffered the loss of founder and famed adventurer Steve Fossett, who has been missing since September 3rd, 2007, and will likely be presumed dead soon. The team is still attempting to reach a top speed of 1,287km/h (800mph) in a jet-powered vehicle on one of Nevada’s dry lake beds but they’ve hit another snag - the cockpit of the vehicle is a very confined space, which is why the team are searching for a woman to pilot it.

The vehicle they will be using is a 48ft long dart-shaped car powered by a 40,000hp S&S Turbine LM-1500 jet engine. According to Edmunds, it has less than one quarter the drag of the current world record holder, the Thrust SSC, which was piloted by the UK’s Andy Green to a top speed of 1,228km/h.

"We believe there are a number of women active in motorsports and aviation who are qualified to drive our jet car through the sound barrier and beyond," said Eric Ahlstrom, program manager for the challenge. "A small driver will have advantages in entry-exit, visibility and control”.

The Steve Fossett World Land Speed Racing Team is expected to start initial testing on the 19th of this month.