Project 135000-hp car for speed record is closedDecember 7, 2018
Bloodhound could not find funding to continue
In the UK, officially closed the program for the construction of a 135,000-hp car Bloodhound SSC, which was to set a new ground speed record. The development team was unable to find investors willing to provide £ 25 million to pay off debts and complete the development of the machine.
The Bloodhound Program Ltd., which has been developing a record car since 2007, was declared bankrupt in mid-October and placed under external control. The development of the program stopped due to lack of funding, caused by the economic situation around Brexit, as well as the departure of major partners and sponsors. For example, among them were the Jaguar Land Rover Group and the Geely Corporation.
In its latest version, the Bloodhound SSC – a nearly eight-tonne car 13.5 meters long – was equipped with a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet engine and a hybrid rocket engine. In the role of the fuel pump acted five-liter eight-cylinder compressor engine from the Jaguar F-Type R.
In October 2017, the car made a test run, speeding up to 322 kilometers per hour. The next stage should have been trials in the South African Haskin Pan desert. There, the Bloodhound SSC should have reached 966 kilometers per hour. To establish a record car must overcome the mark of 1228 kilometers per hour.
A new speed record was originally planned to be set in 2019.