Last year, a team of engineers were inspired to build the world’s fastest supercar, which would be called Bloodhound. The supercar would be able to travel 1000 miles per hour, and its testing ground would be the Hakskeen Pan on the Northern cape of South Africa where a hand-smoothed road would be made so the car’s metal wheels would glide across the ground without error.
Powered by a supercharged Jaguar V8 combustion engine, and the thrust of a jet engine from a typhoon fighter jet, the Bloodhound is supposed to the be fastest supercar ever, blasting beyond the land-speed record of 763 miles per hour originally set by a British supercar in 1997.
Despite all the hype, however, there appear to have been some unexpected delays. The initial testing, which was scheduled to take place this year, is being delayed until 2017, this means the push to 1000 miles per hour won’t be possible until at least 2018.
The issue appears to be related to funding, which isn’t quite out of its negotiation phases yet, but the Bloodhound project director notes the most difficult part of the project is behind them since the car has already been built.
“The most difficult part is behind us: we have designed and built the world’s ultimate racing car and prepared the best land speed racing track in history. We’ve also created a successful inspiration program operating in 33 countries around the world,” Bloodhound director Richard Noble said in a statement.
"What we need now are the funds to run the car and money is just a function of perseverance and timing. Doing something truly unique, on a global scale, with such high technology, is never easy – ask Richard Branson or Elon Musk, but that makes the story we’re sharing with millions of supporters all the more interesting.”
The delays mean that we won’t get to see the Bloodhound supercar break any records this year, but it doesn’t mean it never will. As soon as the negotiations can be completed, the Bloodhound supercar will head to its destination to attempt to break a world land speed record.