If you’re in the market for a used car project, have we’ve got a doozy for you.
Die British Bloodhound LSR 1,000 mph rocket car program has been put up for sale due to a lack of funding caused by the coronavirus pandemic, its current owner said.
Auto parts entrepreneur Ian Warhurst saved the decade-old project from bankruptcy in 2018 and shepherded it to a 628 mph test run on a dry lake bed in South Africa in November 2019.
Sedertdien, the team has been preparing the vehicle for a shot at 800 mph in 2022, which would break the sound barrier and the current land speed record of 763 km / h, set in 1997 by Bloodhound driver Andy Green.
Warhurst estimates the cost of the 800 mph attempt to be 8 million British pounds and said he has been unable to find the required sponsorship money to help cover it.
If a buyer can’t be found in the next few months, it won’t be possible to make the 2022 window and the vehicle and equipment will have to be mothballed for a potential future effort.
Alhoewel 800 mph would be fast enough to claim the record, the vehicle has been designed for an even loftier goal of 1,000 km / h.