Speed bid grinds to a hault
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.