Bloodhound Land Speed Record would boost engineering sector and change ‘culture’ of UK

Bloodhound Land Speed Record would boost engineering sector and change ‘culture’ of UK

The Bloodhound project is being reinvigorated with Ian Warhuest at the helm after financial difficulty closed down the project in 2018. The new Bloodhound vehicle aims to break the Land Speed Record for the first time since 1997 when Andy Green travelled at 763mph.

Mr Noble says the Bloodhound project would make the nation “proud” and prove the UK can master the engineering sector.  

He said money was all the project needed to be completed and claims the run could break the record forever. 

Speaking to on the launch of his new book, Take Risk!, Mr Noble said the project would have “the most incredible effect” upon completion.

“Everyone gets very proud of these things, We don’t know what Britain stands for these days, we don’t have an identity, it’s sort of gone.

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“There’s a sort of awful in-built arrogance which assumes that people like us can’t do this sort of thing. 

“Yet we have the best universities in the country involved in it, it’s sponsored by the country’s major aviation and engine companies, it’s a very very credible organisation.”

Mr Noble said he hoped the car could still run after him and his team spent eleven years trying to get the Bloodhound in place to build the record.

He says the project is effectively ready to run with the team, vehicle and purpose built track in South Africa all ready to receive the record breaking run. 

The former Land Speed Record holder claims the car could set an unbeatable record if given the chance with speeds of over 1,000mph predicted. 

Speaking to, he said: “It’s designed for 1,050mph. That’s what we set out to do because the thing is what we’re trying to do is we’re trying to change Britain.

“We’re trying to show that we can actually do these things… We need to show what this country can actually do. 

“I think that if basically Bloodhound were able to achieve it and all it just needs is money really it’s got a whole team and everything else. 

“We’ve done everything else, we’ve built the car, we’ve created the desert in South Africa all that’s all been done, It just needs the money to finish the thing off.

“And if we can do that then that Land Speed Record I think will stand forever.”

Richard Noble broke the Land Speed Record in Thrust 2 in 1983 recording speeds of over 633mph. 

His new book, take Risk, is available now from Evro Publishing and Amazon. 

The new book tells stories from a life spent chasing the fastest record on earth and the risks needed to succeed.

The novel is available for £19.99 with signed copies charged at £5 more with the extra money being donated to the NHS.

Published at Sun, 10 May 2020 05:09:00 +0000