Project Bloodhound SSC axed

You need a lot of money when creating a 1,000mph car, yet it's dried up!

1y ago

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We bring sad news today on DriveTribe, as the Bloodhound SSC Project has come to a close.

Even with amazing test runs hitting speeds of 200mph, with the power of a Rolls-Royce Eurojet engine and all the best will in the world, has been axed to a lack of funding. The Bristol-based team who was behind the car was aiming to beat the land speed world record of 763mph.

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To carry on with tests and finally racing the car, they needed a grand total of £25 million, even with the backing of the public and engagement with investors, it looks like it wasn't possible to get the target number. Now the owners of the Bloodhound project are looking to sell on the remaining assets of the company.

The plan was to take the Bloodhound SSC to South Africa, where a massive 18km-long track at Haskeen Pan had been prepared for the run.

It's sad that it will never happen.

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Comments (20)

  • Sad news!😐

      1 year ago
  • Coulndt we make this a drivetribe project? Buy all the assets and build it with the community

      1 year ago
  • Am I the only one thinking that this would be an epic project for Clarkson, Hammond & May to sink their teeth into? Perhaps get Amazon backing? Wow this would be incredible for PR for DRIVETRIBE if it were handled correctly? How cool would that be to have the land speed record- who knows maybe they could just step in with funding. I’m guessing here but I’m sure between them they’d be able to raise enough capital to support the Bloodhound SSC project?

      1 year ago
  • You would think this would be something Mr Musk would want involved in. Right up his all so to speak.

      1 year ago
  • This is absolutely gutting. It sucks that the UK automotive industry isn't willing to front up what's a pretty small sum to really push the boundaries of what is possible. Also, I'm annoyed because my name was meant to go on the tail of it.

      1 year ago
    • I am ashamed that no automobile companies are willing to help, seeing the information they can get from hitting 1,000mph might have changed everything... oh well.

        1 year ago
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