Dream to drive at 1,000mph ends as Bloodhound supersonic car project is scrapped
- Project to develop 1,000 mph Bloodhound supersonic car has been scrapped
- The car was made with the intention of breaking the land speed world record
- Company behind it went into administration and an investor hasn’t been found
The project to develop a supersonic car which aimed to hit speeds of 1,000mph has now been scrapped, after a failure to find an investor.
The Bloodhound car was developed with the intention of breaking the land speed world record.
However, Bloodhound Programme, the firm behind the initiative, went into administration in October.
And on Friday administrators at FRP Advisory announced that efforts to secure an investor had failed.
Pilot Andy Green with the Bloodhound car before its first public run at Newquay Airport. The project has now been scrapped
Andrew Sheridan, joint administrator and partner at the firm, said: ‘Since the company entered into administration we have worked tirelessly with the directors to identify a suitable individual or organisation who could take the project forward.
‘Despite overwhelming public support, and engagement with a wide range of potential and credible investors, it has not been possible to secure a purchaser for the business and assets.
‘We will now work with key stakeholders to return the third-party equipment and then sell the remaining assets of the company to maximise the return for creditors.’
Project Bloodhound was founded in 2007, with plans to race the car at a specially built track in the deserts of South Africa.
Project Bloodhound, the company behind the car, went into administration in October and haven’t been able to secure a new investor
Engineers work on the Bloodhound car in Bristol. It was developed with the intention of breaking the land speed world record
The team needed £25 million in investment to complete the project.
Over 11 years, Bloodhound operated on a partnership and sponsorship model with support from companies including Rolls-Royce and Rolex.
The Ministry of Defence allowed the company to borrow prototype jet engines for the car, while the Northern Cape Provincial Government in South Africa supported the creation of the track.
Members of the public also donated to support both the car’s development and a global education programme, which reached more than two million children.
The supersonic car reached speeds of 200mph during tests at Newquay Airport in Cornwall
Last year, Bloodhound reached speeds of 200mph during tests at Newquay Airport in Cornwall.
At 1,000mph, the supersonic car would have covered a mile in 3.6 seconds.
The world land speed record of 763mph is held by Thrust SSC, led by Bloodhound’s project director Richard Noble and driver Andy Green.
HOW THE BLOODHOUND SSC WAS GOING TO BREAK THE RECORD
The car has been created by a team of Formula 1 and aerospace experts with help from the Army’s Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and technicians from the RAFs 71 Squadron who built the tail fin.
The current world land speed record of 763mph (1,227km/h) is held by Thrust SSC, a UK team led by Bloodhound’s Project Director Richard Noble and driven by Andy Green.
Bloodhound SSC’s record-breaking attempt will take place on the Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape in South Africa.
The Bloodhound team will seek to reach 800 mph (1,287 km/h) and then 1000 mph (1,600 km/h) in tests to take place at Hakskeen Pan, a dried-out lake bed in Northern Cape, South Africa (artist’s impression)
Bloodhound has reached 1,000mph, but only in a computer model (pictured). October will be the first time that driver Andy Green will be able to test out the car’s instrumentation and controls in the real world
It was hoped the run could be attempted in 2016, but this has since been pushed back due to problems during testing.
The Bloodhound team scoured the globe to find the perfect desert to run the car on because it needed to be at least 12 miles (19km) long, two miles (3km) wide and perfectly flat.
Once they had settled on the Hakskeen Pan, a team of 317 locals were employed to clear the desert, they shifted 15,800 tonnes of stones by hand.
At full speed Bloodhound SSC will cover a mile (1.6km) in 3.6 seconds, that’s 4.5 football pitches laid end to end per second.
The car has been created by a team of Formula 1 and aerospace experts. At full speed Bloodhound SSC will cover a mile (1.6km) in 3.6 seconds, that’s 4.5 football pitches laid end to end per second (the car’s specifications are pictured)
The current world land speed record of 763mph (1,227km/h) is held by Thrust SSC, a UK team led by Bloodhound’s Project Director Richard Noble and driven by Andy Green
Bloodhound has three power plants, a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet from an RAF Eurofighter Typhoon, a cluster of Nammo hybrid rockets and a 550 bhp Supercharged Jaguar V8 engine that drives the rocket oxidizer pump and between them they generate 135,000 thrust hp, equivalent to 180 F1 cars.
Bloodhound’s wheels spin at 10,200rpm, 170 times per second, and they generate 50,000 radial G.
It will go from zero to 1,000mph (1,610km/h) in 55 seconds and back to zero again in a further 65 seconds, covering 12 miles (19km).
This deceleration will be at 3G, which has been compared to traveling from 60mph (97km/h) to standstill in one second.
The EJ200 jet engine fitted to the car consumes 64,000 litres of air per second, and this would suck all the air from an average sized house in 3 seconds.
The rocket system will work in tandem with the car’s Eurofighter jet engine, enabling it to travel at supersonic speeds.
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