Supersonic car for sale at $440k
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 RollsRoyce Eurofighter jet engine and three rockets, could now be sold for just $440,000 – the price of a Ferrari.
After spending about $53 million on the project, the Bristol-based 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 in the Kalahari desert.
Driver Andy Green said the car was now available to buy – although he warned: “You’re going to need to find a few million to get it running to full speed.”
Administrator Andrew Sheridan said his firm FRP Advisory had worked “tirelessly” to rescue the project, but an investor could not be found.
The Bloodhound car, which has been in development since 2007, is capable of generating 135,000 horsepower, which is six times the power of the 20 cars on the Formula 1 starting grid.