The British businessman restarted the project of a 135,000 hp car for a speed recordMarch 22, 2019
The program received a new name, brand colors and the necessary funding.
British businessman Ian Warhurst bought out and restarted the Bloodhound project, which aims to set a new ground speed record. The program received a new name, brand colors and the necessary funding – about 25 million pounds.
The newly established company is called Grafton LSR Ltd, in honor of the work of British artist Edwin Landseer “Dignity and Insolence”, which depicts Bloodhound, named Grafton. Warhurst himself, former participants in the project, as well as Ewan Honeyman, a former Formula One financial manager, became its employees. The company’s headquarters is located at the University Technical College in Berkeley.
The 135,000hp Bloodhound SSC itself has been renamed Bloodhound LSR (from Land Speed Record). He has a new red and white livery, on which sponsor logos will appear for the first time. Now the car is being prepared for test rides, which will be held in South Africa.
In its latest version, the former Bloodhound SSC is a nearly eight-ton 13.5 meter long car, 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 2017, the car made a test run, having accelerated to 322 kilometers per hour.
Last October, the Bloodhound Program Ltd., which has been developing a record car since 2007, was declared bankrupt and placed under external control. In December 2018, it was announced that the program was closed.
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