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Supersonic Bloodhound car project axed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Bristol-built vehicle was was tested at Newquay Airport A project to race a car at more than 1,000mph has been axed after it failed to secure a £25m cash injection. The Bloodhound supersonic vehicle – built with a Rolls-Royce Eurofighter jet engine bolted to a rocket – is all but built. The Bristol-based team behind it was aiming to beat the existing land speed world record of 763mph (1,228km/h). A test run in Newquay in 2017 saw the vehicle reach speeds of 200mph…

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Supersonic Bloodhound hits cash roadblock

The project to race a car at more than 1,000mph has run into a financial roadblock with the company behind the venture going into administration. The Bloodhound supersonic vehicle is all but built but needs a £25m investment if it is to break records on a dried-out lakebed in South Africa. The administrators, FRP Advisory LLP, have already begun to talk to potential suitors. But without the funds the project faces being wound up in the coming weeks. Source link

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Is killing the boom the key to supersonic air travel?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ever since Concorde’s retirement many have dreamed of reintroducing supersonic travel There have been proposals to return to faster-than-sound commercial flight ever since Concorde retired 15 years ago. But now those plans look closer to being realised. Three US aerospace firms – Boom Supersonic, Aerion Supersonic and Spike Aerospace – are racing to be the first to slash travel times across the globe, with passenger jets that can travel faster than Mach 1 – the speed of sound (761mph or 1,225km/h at sea level).…

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Delay for Bloodhound supersonic car’s high-speed trials

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The car conducted “slow speed” trials in October last year The Bloodhound 1,000mph car project is going to compress its schedule over the next 18 months. It had planned runs above 500mph later this year before trying to break the world land speed record in late 2019. The timing of the record attempt will not change, but those initial trials are now being pushed back to May of next year. Availability of funding is part of the reason, but engineers also want a more…

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