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Future of 1,000mph supersonic car in doubt

By T.K. Randall
October 15, 2018 · Comment icon 15 comments

The Bloodhound SSC is the world's fastest car. Image Credit: YouTube / Bloodhound SSC
An attempt to build the first car capable of exceeding 1,000mph has hit a major financial roadblock.
Developed through a collaboration between 280 companies worldwide, the UK's Bloodhound SSC has been meticulously designed with the goal of breaking the land speed record in spectacular fashion.

To achieve this, the vehicle will first use its Rolls-Royce jet turbine engine to take it up to speeds of around 300mph before activating its powerful rocket engine to propel it the rest of the way.

The vehicle's third engine, a supercharged V8 Jaguar F-Type, will be supplying the rocket with hydrogen peroxide fuel at it goes along.

Together the three engines will produce 133,151bhp - the equivalent to 180 Formula One cars, while propelling the car at a speed that will cover a mile in just 3.6 seconds.
Now though, despite great progress on the design and construction of the Bloodhound SSC, the team has hit a major roadblock in the form of financial difficulties that could cripple the entire project.

Much of the money so far has come from sponsorship deals, partnerships and donations, however developing and building something of this scale and complexity does not come cheap.

As such, the firm behind the project, Bloodhound Programme Ltd, has now gone in to administration.

"We have a legal entity that has gone into administration because it hasn't got any more cash," said Andrew Sheridan of FRP Advisory LLP. "But there is a project there that is very much alive and on the cusp of delivering its goal, which is ground-breaking with leading technology."

"However, it does need circa [$32.8M] to get it over the line, and that now requires an investor, be that a wealthy individual or a corporate of some kind."

Source: BBC News | Comments (15)

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Comment icon #6 Posted by Aardvark-DK 6 years ago
Since the dawn of motoring, people have always tried to go faster, and I salute that. Question is, when they hit the friction limit... I sure hope they overcome their difficulties....
Comment icon #7 Posted by Berwen 6 years ago
Why? Can I get from Vancouver to London any faster and improve the lousy air travel we have now? Will it sped up the wait times for medical help? No, I think not so why do this? 
Comment icon #8 Posted by smokeycat 6 years ago
Why not? Isn't that what makes us Human?
Comment icon #9 Posted by Occams Razor 6 years ago
People will only keep putting money in the pot for so long. If they don't see any tangible results in what they consider a reasonable time they'll pull the plug. Especially if they see the main players in the project living the high life on their cash.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Still Waters 6 years ago
Comment icon #11 Posted by Seti42 6 years ago
Good. What a pointless waste of money and resources. "If somebody is out there with a quarter of a million there is a car there," said driver Andy Green. "There is still a chance that Bloodhound could run." Yeah, to anyone with $250,000 burning a hole in their pocket: Donate it to a reputable charity. Tis the season.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Hankenhunter 6 years ago
Considering the amount and type of fuel it would use to achieve the record, it's probably for the best that that  project was axed.  Hank
Comment icon #13 Posted by AllPossible 6 years ago
I'd rather see 180 formula 1 cars
Comment icon #14 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
Maybe if it takes less time, maybe the flights can be scheduled further apart to make the airports less crowded.  I don't see more than a hand full of increased travelers due to faster/shorter flights.  However, I'm sure the airlines would find some way to muck it up.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Still Waters 6 years ago

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