The Bloodhound Project Has A New Launch Date

The Bloodhound project has recently gained three big sponsors. They have recently signed a deal with the Chinese car manufacturer Geely and is also in the process of dotting the I’s and the T’s with a major IT company and fashion brand that are yet to be announced. Richard Noble has said: 

“I’m reasonably happy now that we’ll be able to make our budget this year, which is great – and that means we will be in the desert, running the car, probably in mid-summer 2018.”

The Bloodhound project was initially launched 9 years ago in 2008 with the hope that the record would be made in 2011. However, the British-run project that hopes to break the current World Land Speed Record has now been pushed back to 2018.

The plan is to increase the current record that stands at 763 mph was achieved 20 years ago and was set by Andy Green in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada and the aim is to now raise it to 800 mph. Now that project has a 2018 launch date, the team behind the project has more time to perfect and tweak the power from the cars rocket and hit their goal.

Director of the Bloodhound project Richard Noble said in an interview with the BBC

“It’s frustrating, I know, and the team are disappointed but we’re resilient and we’re going to make this happen,”

The car had been built and finished for some time now, it went on display back in October 2015 and has since been stripped back down and re-assembled. The plan now is to slowly test the vehicle and attempt to get it up to around 200 mph later this summer/autumn.