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Featured Saved! 1000mph Bloodhound Project Back On!

Discussion in 'Car Culture' started by Paul Jeffrey, Dec 17, 2018.

  1. Paul Jeffrey

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    The Bloodhound SSC land speed record project is back on again following fresh investment.


    When we reported back in early December that the mega ambitious 1000 mph Bloodhound SSC land speed record project looked likely to mothballed following a significant shortfall in funds, it appears that the project is now back in full swing once again following the acquisition of all assets by Yorkshire-based entrepreneur Ian Warhurst.

    Warhurst, a mechanical engineer and Bloodhound project supporter, has purchased both the business and assets of the project with intentions to continue the British based outfits goal of smashing the current land speed record of 763.035 mph, recorded by the ThrustSSC back in 1997.

    "I have been overwhelmed by the level of interest and messages of goodwill following the news that I have bought Bloodhound. Its clear how much this unique British project means to people, all around the world. My family and I have been supporters too for many years and I am delighted to have been able to safeguard the business and assets.

    Having built a successful engineering business I also know how hard it can be recruiting people with the right skills, and how important it is to inspire young people about science, technology, engineering and maths. Bloodhound brings these subjects to life in the most exciting way possible and I want to ensure it can continue doing that into the future".

    As Warhurst and the team take stock of the current project, it is expected that more plans will be made public early in 2019.

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  2. DeltaDart0276

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    Awesome to see the project back on!
     
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  3. E304LIFE

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    Great news. Had a feeling when the first article about it's demise came out that someone would step in and save the project. These kind of projects and speed records have always been cool.:thumbsup:
     
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  4. KOGamer

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    If they have any cash left over they should put wings on it.
     
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  5. TheReaper GT

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    I'd like to see some material about any innovation this endeavor brings to to the industry... I'm really curious about it... Materials , processes, both?
     
  6. dale223223

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    Design overall.
     
  7. Jan Larsen

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    Yep, design and aero. If the aero is screwed at 1000mph its gonna nuclear itself. Hopefully something can be learned and transformed into other, more useful everyday things like road cars.
     
  8. RobertGracie

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    This is the most epic save of the year so far!!
     
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  9. Ross Garland

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    Hitting 1000mph on wheels without taking off or self-destructing will require various innovations to achieve I expect. How useful those innovations are in a practical, every-day sense is unclear. However, I think one of the biggest benefits of this particular project is the inspiration it gives people, especially youngsters, to get into engineering themselves. The more engineers we have, the more likely innovations that benefit us all will happen, either directly or indirectly as a result of projects like this. :thumbsup:
     
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  10. CC

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    I mean yeah its cool and all that, why not just hit the strip with a SR71 and smash the record,
    basically there just strapping jets to wheels, I see zero excitement from it,
    be like yeah this is cool for what a few seconds and never think about it again,
    personally I think its cheating, on or off cancelled makes not much difference here for me. :)
     
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  11. RMR1

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    Unnecessary and quite ridiculous!
    What’s to gain from it?
    Who’s the poor victim to risk his life for these shenanigans?
     
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  12. Steve Bird

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    Being a jet propulsion engineer I tend to like this, especially when the company I work for provided the engine that powers it. If you ever saw the thing in real life and heard the noise you would appreciate that it's an amazing feat of Engineering.

    Long live Bloodhound and the EJ200 :)
     
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  13. RMR1

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    Go test this mindless thing yourself!
     
  14. Durge Driven

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    They should make a sim to create interest, Bloodhound and Bonneville is all you need
     
  15. chili pepper

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    Only Wing Commander Andy Green OBE...not someone I'd consider a "poor victim", guy's got some mad skills and a rather impressive resume.
     
  16. chili pepper

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    Chris Harris did a video covering some of the details first-hand, have a look...pretty interesting stuff IMHO.
     
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  17. wombat999

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    Still irrelevant if the wheels are not driving it.
    And of course Andy Green is very brave...........and a tad mad!
     
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