Bloodhound Puts Brakes on Land Speed Record Attempt Until 2017

By Gerald Lynch on at

For a vehicle that can potentially travel at 1,000mph, you'd think any road would seem short. But it's been a long, hard one for the Bloodhound team, who being forced to postpone this year's land speed record attempt until 2017.

The British-led team had been aiming to fly the jet-powered car out to the South African desert later this year in an attempt to break the 1997, 763mph record set by the Thrust SSC. Should that happen, they'd follow it up with an attempt at a 1,000mph run at the Hakskeen pan track. But with funding issues pushing the record attempt back a year, that headline 1,000mph run will now happen in 2018 at the earliest. Funding hasn't stopped altogether, though it has slowed compared to what was anticipated.

"What we need now are the funds to run the car and money is just a function of perseverance and timing," Project Director Richard Noble said of the delay.

"Doing something truly unique, on a global scale, with such high technology, is never easy – ask Richard Branson or Elon Musk, but that makes the story we're sharing with millions of supporters all the more interesting."

For UK speed freaks however, there's some good news – the Bloodhound team still intends to carry out slower-but-still-super-fast speed test in Cornwall later this year.

The Bloodhound SSC is an absolute beast. Looking more like Concorde's nose than a car, it's powered by a Rolly-Royce EJ2000 jet engine, ripped from an RAF Eurofighter Typhoon, supported by a Jaguar V8 engine and Nammo hybrid rockets. [BBC]