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Wanted: world’s fastest driver to top 800 mph

by Nik Berg
8 November 2023 2 min read
Wanted: world’s fastest driver to top 800 mph

The team behind Britain’s attempt to set a new world Land Speed Record is on the lookout for a new driver.

Bloodhound LSR has already achieved 628 mph in testing, but the target is to exceed 800 mph, and behind the wheel could be… you?

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As well as bringing the lightning-fast reflexes needed to control a car at supersonic speeds the new driver, who will unseat fighter pilot Andy Green as the fastest person on earth, will be expected to provide funding for the endeavour.

Bloodhound owner Ian Warhurst who rescued the stalled project is also aiming to achieve its record-breaking run with zero emissions. The car’s Rolls-Royce Typhoon engines will be reconfigured to run on synthetic fuel and there will be a new battery-driven fuel pump to replace the previous internal combustion-powered pump. Warhurst has estimated that a further £10 million will be required to get the car back on track, so the new driver will need deep pockets.

When it’s ready a record run will take place on the Hakskeen Pan in South Africa where Bloodhound has already tested. To set a new Land Speed Record whoever gets the driving job will need to fly past the 760 mph mark set by former driver Green in 1997.

“As we enter a new chapter of the Bloodhound LSR Project, I am excited about the opportunity and challenges that lie ahead, and confident that this will enable us to return to South Africa and set a new record,” says CEO Stuart Edmondson. “With a new driver, along with my aim of not using fossil fuels to set a new FIA Outright World Land Speed Record, the project promises to be exciting, engaging and relevant at so many levels.”

To raise awareness a full-size replica of the potential record breaker will be going on a week-long roadshow visiting the British Motor Museum on the 8th November, Silverstone on the 9th, spending the weekend at London’s RAF Museum, then going on to visit Brooklands Museum, the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu and finishing at Caffeine & Machine: The Hill on 14th November.

If you fancy your chances visit bloodhoundlsr.com

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