BLOODHOUND LSR HAS FOUND A NEW HOME AT COVENTRY TRANSPORT MUSEUM IN TIME FOR UK CITY OF CULTURE
17 May 2021
Today, Monday 17 May 2021, the Bloodhound Land Speed Record team and Coventry Transport Museum announced that the renowned red and white jet car had moved into its new home in the Museum.
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Bloodhound LSR - the most advanced straight-line racing car in history - reached 628mph in the Kalahari Desert, South Africa in 2019 and is now displayed alongside World Land Speed Record holders: Thrust 2 and Thrust SSC.
Coventry Transport Museum houses the largest publicly owned collection of British vehicles on the planet, including many of the most innovative, memorable and luxurious vehicles of the last 200 years. The move from Bloodhound’s former premises to the museum enables project supporters and museum visitors to see the vehicle in the showstopping Biffa Award Land Speed Record Gallery.
The engineering side of Bloodhound LSR has been in hibernation throughout the pandemic, whilst the sponsorship team are busy raising the funding required to attempt a new world land speed record, with a speed above 800mph. Once the required funding and investment has been raised, Bloodhound will leave the museum and be prepared for the record-breaking campaign.
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Francis Nielsen, Culture and Creative Director at Coventry Transport Museum said “We are so excited to exhibit an item of such importance in Coventry as we enter our year as UK City of Culture. We have been long term advocates for the project and are thrilled we are able to support the team with their future ambitions.”
Ian Warhurst, Bloodhound’s owner, is handing the project over to Stuart Edmondson, Bloodhound’s Head of Engineering Operations, who will also lead the discussions with potential investors, as the economy commences its recovery from the effects of COVID 19.
Stuart Edmondson said “Following the impressive trials we conducted in South Africa, Bloodhound has proven that it is a credible contender to become the next World Land Speed Recordholder. As we emerge from the pandemic I’m confident we can find an equally passionate partner to complete the final step in our journey to achieving a new world record. Installation of an innovative environmentally friendly rocket will add to the engineering excitement of this project. Meanwhile, I am passionate about the STEM inspiration that Bloodhound brings to the UK and, through the kind generosity of the Coventry Transport Museum, I am pleased that we are able to allow access to all in a reasonably central location.”
He continued “We thank everyone who has kindly supported this exciting project over the years, and we look forward to sharing the next part of our journey in our attempt to push past the speed of sound!”
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