Bloodhound Supersonic Car Can Be Yours for Just $11 Million
If you’re in the used car market, how about the rocket propelled Bloodhound? OK, the $ 11 million price tag may seem prohibitive, but just think of how many heads the shuttle brings to work.
The ambitious project to build the fastest car in the world hit the buffers (again) as the current owner scrambles for funding to keep alive the prospect of an attempt to break the country speed record.
Bloodhound’s last outing was in the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa in 2019. Thanks to the power of the Rolls-Royce EJ200 engine, also used by Eurofighter, the supersonic vehicle reached a staggering 1,011 km / h Typhoon fighter. The test run prepared the team well for 2020 efforts to break the current speed record of 1,228 km / h, but then the pandemic struck and changed the plan. And now it takes $ 11 million to move on.
The UK-based Bloodhound Project, which started in 2008, has been here before. Three years ago the dream of setting a new speed record was dying when the current owner, British businessman Ian Warhurst, stepped in with a substantial injection of money. But now Warhurst himself says he has pushed the project as far as possible and is calling for more funds to keep it going.
An article explaining the situation says the project will need £ 8 million ($ 11 million) to install the Nammo monofuel missile that will allow the Bloodhound car to go beyond 1,287 km / h. The money would also be enough to hit a speed record attempt at some point in 2022 on the team’s specially prepared 19.2 km dry lake bed race track at Hakskeen Pan in the Kalahari Desert.
Commenting on his involvement with the Bloodhound Project, Warhurst said, “It has been a privilege to lead this team of world-class engineers for the past two years. I was mesmerized – along with a large audience around the world – when we tested the car in South Africa at over 600 mph. “
He said the plan had always been to provide enough money to take the project to the next level, but the pandemic had impacted funding opportunities and also disrupted the schedule.
“At this stage, the only remaining option is to either close the program or put the project up for sale so I can pass the baton and the team can continue the project,” said Warhurst.
Given the huge amount of effort that has been put into the project, it would be a real shame if it collapsed now. Sure, $ 11 million is a lot of money, but for some people it’s really just a drop in the ocean. So, in the words of Warhurst, is anyone going to “stop by at the last minute and collect the award” and all the prestige of setting a new country speed record? Hopefully we’ll find out in the coming weeks.