Delay strikes Bristol Bloodhound 1,000mph car project
The Bristol-based project to develop a 1,000mph car has suffered a slight delay to its original schedule.
The team had hoped to take the car to South Africa to attempt to break the current land speed record (763mph)in December, and return in 2014 to try to break the 1,000mph barrier.
But project director Richard Noble has admitted that will not now be possible.
“Building the car is a mammoth task with more than 3,000 specially designed and about to be made components,” he said.
“There is a huge volume of activity all over the country and the Bloodhound engineering team are absolutely determined to have the car on its wheels with the EJ200 engine running this October and we all came to the conclusion that this is achievable.
“But by the end of the year crucial components like the tailfin will still be in manufacture and it is quite clear that we won’t be in South Africa for December as we had hoped.
“Knowing that many people are planning their holidays around all this we felt it important to get the message out immediately.
“So when are we going to be there? We felt strongly that we should avoid deadline creep; we should set an achievable date and deliver.
“So it's quarter two – April/May/June 2014 . But there’s one more important point: this is turning into a truly tremendous team and we are going to try to beat that deadline if we can .”