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Britain's supersonic car conference group pleads for funding



The road ran fast for a British team behind a supersonic car that was set to break the world speed record with a speed of 1,000mph.

Project Bloodhound, a nonprofit project that combines advanced automobiles and aircraft technology, has made a plea for £ 25m in funding to complete its decade-long effort after the company fell into the administration.

The development is a blow to the hopes that the showcase of British engineering will ever make its planned record attempt, which was expected next year in South Africa's Hakskeen Pan, a mud and saltstone in the Kalahari Desert.

Powered by the thrust of a military aircraft engine, the Bloodhound SSC vehicle made its first public outing nearly a year ago during a test run at Newquay Airport in Cornwall, where it reached a top speed of 21

0 mph a Formula 1 car.

But since then, important fundraising efforts seem to have faltered. Chief Engineer Mark Chapman said that when Bloodhound pulled out of R & D, a "different approach to financing" was needed. [Withtherightsupportwehavenodoubtthattheprojectwillachieveitsgoalsandcouldracefortherecordinlessthan10months"headded