The world land speed record project undertaken by British team Bloodhound has been put on ice due to Covid-19, with the team planning on returning to Hakskeenpan in the Kalahari in 2022 for a new land speed record attempt.
According to Ian Warhurst, Bloodhound’s CEO, the global virus has had an impact on discussions with potential sponsors so the team has taken the decision to hibernate the project until the pandemic has passed.
“Rightfully, the world has more important things to focus on right now,” said Warhurst. “Discussions with a number of global brands were looking promising when Covid-19 struck, but the sponsorship industry literally shut down. This means our ability to raise the necessary funds in time and, consequently, the window to conduct the LSR campaign safely in 2021 is now very likely to be missed.
“As a result, we are planning to go into hibernation to reduce the monthly overheads to an absolute minimum, and we’ll reboot conversations with potential sponsors later in the year.”
In November Bloodhound LSR, with Andy Green behind the wheel, achieved 1,010km/h at Hakskeen Pan in the Northern Cape in a high-speed test. It was the equivalent of taking just 1 hour and 23 minutes to drive the 1,400km from Johannesburg to Cape Town.
Read more about this project and the postponement here.