How many billionaires are left? The Bloodhound LSR project has been an amazing thing to watch coming together over the last several years. The Andy Green driven machine has been planned to be the first 1,000mph car on Earth and it has been making steady progress in that direct, running a best speed of 628mph so far in testing. This said, the latest owner of the machine, Ian Warhurst has thrown in the financial towel and is looking to sell the whole shooting match.
We’re not blaming the guy or throwing shade as Warhurst personally funded this monster out of his pocket to make those 628mph test runs happen. The next phase of the program is the installation of the assist rocket that will add even more speed and bring the capability to 800mph (give or take). That’s going to be about an $11,000,000 job to get the thing all fitted up and then transport the whole team and works back down to South Africa to test ‘er out. That number is also an assumption that nothing goes wrong.
So back to the original question. How many billionaires are left that want to have their paws on this thing and its accomplishments? The tout the car as a potential bonanza of sales and promotion for someone, but as yet, no one has really shown massive interested in “owning” the sides of the car for media attention or other.
We hope someone picks up the ball because this thing is just starting to get where it was designed to go!