Su­per­sonic car for sale at $440k

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - 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 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.

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