The UK-led bid to break the world land speed record is under threat again.
Ian Warhurst, who owns Bloodhound cars that make more than 800 mph [1,290 km / h], said that new funding must be injected into the project this month or the project will be liquidated.
Hounds reach 628mph Tests were carried out last year [1,010 km / h] and powered by jet engines only.
Coupled with a rocket, the car should easily surpass the existing world record of 763mph [1,228 km / h].
A Yorkshire businessman said that this would not happen unless it was funded.
Mr Warhurst rescues the hound He joined the U.S. government at the end of 2018, but at the time he said he would only use his own cash to carry out the project through a recent demonstration trial. It will then ask other individuals or companies for support to get the job done. He thinks there should be about 8 million pounds.
"We have shown the features of this car and have provided great support for it. However, despite the many conversations I have with those interested in this car, we still have not been able to profit from it. Table", Automotive The engineer told BBC News.
"Due to our work schedule, we do need to do this next month."
The £ 8 million funding will be used for the final elements of rocket development and the work required to prepare and run the car on a customised track, the latter being carried out on the dried lake bed Hakskeen Pan in the Kalahari Desert, South Africa of.
The goal was to try to break the land speed record of the pan being dry and cool for several months [from July 2021 to August 2021]. But that means starting the final push no later than June of this year.
"I think the whole car will take about a year, so we need to start working in the next few months," Wortherst explained. "After we returned from South Africa late last year, we let the team members take on Other contracts. But if we want to get them back, we now need to give them certainty. "
The businessman said the public was very interested in the Gloucestershire project. He claims that an independent analysis of media reports has shown that any sponsor participating in the South African trial could receive a 14: 1 return on investment.
The privately-funded "Hound" project was launched in 2008 by the then Minister of Science and Racer Lord Paul Drayson as a "learning car" with the goal of engaging schoolchildren in science, technology, engineering and mathematics [STEM ] Course.
An educational charity operates concurrently with the development program, using rocket models to teach basic concepts such as Newton's Law.
Bloodhound is designed to operate with Eurofighter-Typhoon EJ200 jet engines in conjunction with rockets.
Rolls-Royce powers turbofan engines, and Norwegian aerospace company Nammo is ready to provide boosters.
The speed that Bloodhound achieved last year using only the EJ200 power unit made it into a select group of only 8 cars that run at speeds in excess of 600mph [Sonic 1, Blue Flame, Thrust2, Budweiser Rocket, Sonic Arrow, Aussie Invader III and Thrust SSC].
It was Thrust SSC that set an existing land speed record in 1997. Its driver is Andy Green. The former RAF pilot was also the pilot of the Hound.
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