Bloodhound SSC 500mph run slips to 2019

Postado Mai 17, 2018

Brass tacks, the jet-powered machine won't be heading to South Africa this year to begin further sub-sonic testing, which was supposed to be the next stage in development following an initial run at Newquay airport in October.

The BLOODHOUND Project is an global education initiative focussed around a 1,000mph (1,609km/h) World Land Speed Record.

Bloodhound project director Richard Noble says the auto will now be flown to Hakskeenpan, in the Northern Cape, in May next year, "ready to take advantage of a desert surface freshly conditioned by seasonal flooding".

In a rousing statement sent out this morning, the Bloodhound SSC Project Director announced that land speed record auto will finally be shipped to South Africa in May next year ahead of a record attempt later that year.

Despite this setback, the team reckons it will secure the funding and support to complete Bloodhound SSC thanks to the involvement of a "major third party".

Director and former land speed record holder Richard Noble made the announcement following what he called a "very significant development" this month, which could soon boost the project's fundraising and ability to meet its goals. By its own admission, there have "been many false dawns" along the way, and the project's latest statement has to work rather hard to find the silver lining in yet another delay to the proposed schedule. "The Bloodhound leadership team firmly believes this development will be a game changer... but we want to prove this, not merely hope for it".

They are now in a period of intense planning so can not release specifics of what the above development means but they hope to be able to in the near future. The auto will remain in South Africa between events, greatly reducing logistics costs.

"In light of this, but with the very real prospect that our ability to raise funds is about to be transformed, the team has re-evaluated plans for running the auto".