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Bloodhound plans are all systems go

The future of the Bloodhound, a supersonic car set to break the existing land speed world record, is looking bright after a bumpy road which saw its team struggle to secure enough funding to complete the project.

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The Bloodhound and its team is set to travel to South Africa this month for tests

However, after British entrepreneur, Ian Warhurst, who has a background in automotive engineering bought the car last year, the UK team is travelling to South Africa this month for high-speed trials ahead of the record attempt.

Speaking to the BBC in March, Warhurst said: “I knew that I could buy the car, save it and put it in a museum. But once I’d bought it we looked into whether we could run it, whether we could resurrect it as effectively a new project. It is commercially viable. We believe the value of the sponsorship will easily pay for the project.”

I knew that I could buy the car, save it and put it in a museum. But once I’d bought it we looked into whether we could run it

The Bloodhound was wrapped by PressOn in 2018 and features the name of supporters who paid to be added on to the wrap design. Avery MPI1104EA cast white vinyl was used for the fin of the car and was printed using a HP Latex 570.

The tests will see the car reach speeds of more than 400mph and will test how the wheels fare in the desert environment.

Following this year’s tests, the team will once again travel to South Africa in Autumn 2020 to attempt to reach speeds of 1,000mph and break the current land speed record which stands at 763mph.

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