The Bloodhound 1000mph Speed Record Project Is In Administration

15 Octobre, 2018, 20:43 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Richard Noble with Bloodhound SSC

The project's ultimate goal is to break the world land speed record, which now stands at 763.035 miles per hour, and extend it beyond the 1,000 mph mark.

"We wouldn't choose to be in this position", says one Bloodhound insider, "but we're greatly encouraged by the behaviour of the administrator".

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To date, the project has operated on a partnership and sponsorship model, with support from a variety of partners including Rolls-Royce and Rolex as well as the Ministry of Defence which has lent prototype jet engines for the vehicle, and the Northern Cape Provincial Government in South Africa, which has supported the creation of the track.

The plan has been to go for the record on an 11-mile course laid out on the Hakskeenpan dry lake bed in South Africa, which is being prepared with help from the local government.

Bloodhound said its programme had been a catalyst for research and development, as well as helping interest schoolchildren worldwide in science and engineering, with an associated educational campaign reaching more than 2 million children.

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Andrew Sheridan, joint administrator, said of the situation: "Bloodhound is a truly ground-breaking project which has already built a global audience and helped to inspire a new generation of STEM talent in the United Kingdom and across the world".

He said discussions were being held with a number of potential investors.

"Whilst not an insignificant amount, the £25m Bloodhound requires to break the land speed record is a fraction of the cost of, for example, finishing last in a F1 season or running an America's Cup team", said Mr Sheridan.

"As we now move out of the R&D phase and into the operational phase of the project, we recognise that we need a different approach to funding", Mark Chapman, the project's chief engineer, said in the same statement.

The planned vehicle is a combination of jet, F1 auto and spaceship that would cover the length of four and a half football pitches in a second.

The project began in 2007 and has resulted, so far, in the construction of a needle-nosed vehicle called the Bloodhound SSC that's been tested at speeds over 200 miles per hour in preparation for its record run.

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