The beleaguered Bloodhound world land speed record project seems to be back on and heading to the Hakskeen Pan in the Northern Cape. After more than a decade in the making, the project to beat the existing land speed record of 1,228km/h went into administration late in 2018, but in a dramatic last-minute rescue last week was saved by British businessman and CEO of Grafton LSR, Ian Warhurst. We spoke to him at the relaunch of the newly renamed Bloodhound LSR land speed record project at its new base in a science park in Gloucestershire, England. Warhurst was six days into early retirement after selling his automotive business to focus on his passion of restoring classic cars when his son sent him a text message saying the Bloodhound project was for sale and joking that his dad should buy it. Warhurst then went to the former project base where he says they “were close to cutting the car up for scrap”. He is unwilling to disclose the amount he paid but says after a few months of analys...

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