Speed bid grinds to a hault

Sunday Mail - - NEWS -

THE brakes have been put on a $97 mil­lion Bri­tish project to smash the world land speed record us­ing a jet-pro­pelled car ca­pa­ble of 1600km/h.

The su­per­sonic Blood­hound, pow­ered by a Rolls-Royce Eurofighter jet en­gine and three rock­ets, could now be sold for just $440,000.

Af­ter spend­ing about $53 mil­lion on the project, the Blood­hound Pro­gram failed to se­cure a $44 mil­lion cash in­jec­tion needed to com­plete “the most com­pli­cated car ever built”, and the firm went into ad­min­is­tra­tion in Oc­to­ber.

The team was aim­ing to beat the ex­ist­ing record of 1228km/h in South Africa, where an 18km-long track has been pre­pared on a salt pan.

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