The Bloodhound supersonic jet car is up for sale for the cost of a brand new McLaren.
There is a certain intoxication that comes with extreme speed. Once people get a taste they just want more and more and more. That’s why land speed records exist: it’s not because there is any real use to going so fast on a set of wheels that you can outrun your own shouting.
It’s because once you’ve done it, you just have to do it again.
Andy Green already holds the land speed record in a previous jet-powered car, the ThrustSSC. Set in 1997, Green reached speeds of 763 mph with the help of his twin-turbine-powered car.
Ever since then he’s wanted to do it again. Work on the Thrust’s successor, the BloodhoundSSC, began in October of 2008. In 2017, most of the car’s superstructure and core components had been built and it began shakedown tests on a runway. The plan from there was to complete installation of a giant solid fuel rocket for a 500 mph run in 2019, followed by a ludicrous 1,000 mph run in 2020 that would shatter the land speed record by a considerable margin.
The Bloodhound itself is a marvel of speed engineering. Most of the car is built around a EuroJet EJ200 turbofan--the same engine that powers the Eurofighter--while auxiliary power is provided by a 5.0-L supercharged V8 from the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. A third and final engine, a solid fuel rocket, would push the car over the 1,000 mph mark for a combined 47,659 lbs of thrust, or roughly 135,000 hp.
But then the company banking the project ran out of money and went bankrupt.
Speaking with the BBC (by way of Jalopnik), Andy Green told the sad tale of the Bloodhound’s financial collapse as the company failed to secure investing last October to the tune of 25 million British pounds. This sent them into “administration” (the European version of bankruptcy), and now the Bloodhound is up for sale for a mere 250,000 pounds, or roughly $315,000 USD. That’s about the same as a brand new McLaren 720S Spider.
Green still hopes that a billionaire investor can come in to save the project and let the Bloodhound run in the desert, but instead we might see some snot-nosed brat swoop in to buy the car just to thrash all competition at the drag way.