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Future of 1,000mph supersonic car in doubt

Posted on Monday, 15 October, 2018 | Comment icon 10 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 (10)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Vlad the Mighty on 15 October, 2018, 16:44
this is one of those things that I've always thought... what's the point? It's hardly going to advance mainstream technology is it.
Comment icon #2 Posted by IBelieveWhatIWant on 15 October, 2018, 20:06
I don't know, they might develop some method that could be used in space travel. That said, I'm not surprised they are having issues because the fact is that with friction, unless the car takes off there will always be a limit to how fast it can go on the ground.
Comment icon #3 Posted by L.A.T.1961 on 15 October, 2018, 23:44
It will be a shame if it comes to nothing after all the effort. Having said that driverAndy Green might be breathing a sigh of relief. In the past new records have been about being the best although useful things have come from associated developments. One example was the Supermarine racing seaplane designed by Mitchell, his experience with this project lead to the Spitfire used by the RAF and came in quite useful in ww2.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Jon the frog on 16 October, 2018, 0:50
Look like a lot of people got their pocket full... and their pocket were to big for the project to survive.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Seti42 on 16 October, 2018, 4:44
If money is to be spent on speeding up land travel, it should be towards trains/mass transit of some sort, not a single passenger rocket car.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Aardvark-DK on 16 October, 2018, 9:33
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 on 16 October, 2018, 14:22
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 on 17 October, 2018, 15:35
Why not? Isn't that what makes us Human?
Comment icon #9 Posted by seanjo on 17 October, 2018, 18:17
You never know what technological hurdles they are having to overcome, this is the kind of thing that leads to breakthroughs. It's also very good for the moral of the Country, like sports successes.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Occams Razor on 18 October, 2018, 22:26
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.

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