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Brit sonic boom botherers Bloodhound are back and ready for a jaunt to South Africa (SA).

The Bloodhound Land Speed Record (LSR) project – formerly Super Sonic Car (SSC) – has emerged fighting fit as Yorkshire-based businessman Ian Warhurst refuelled the project with some high-octane cash.

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Speaking to reporters yesterday, Warhurst would not disclose how much money he'd poured into Bloodhound LSR, saying only that he was "up to seven figures so far".

Grafton LSR CEO Warhurst sold his Barnsley-based outfit Melett to Wabtec for an undisclosed sum back in 2017. Melett enjoyed annual sales of $40m at the time, so it's safe to say that the man is not short of a bob or two.

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The car itself is currently snug at SGS Berkeley Green UTC in Berkeley, Gloucestershire.

The funding means that Bloodhound, which appeared dead in the water until Warhurst stepped in last year, will be shipped to South Africa for test runs on the dry lake bed race track at Hakskeen Pan in the Kalahari desert in SA's Northern Cape province.

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The focus since the project's rescue has been transitioning the car from the version that tanked up and down Cornwall's Newquay Airport back in 2017 to one fit to go considerably faster in SA.

To that end, a parachute braking system has been added, along with uprated springs and dampers, a ton of sensors (we were relieved that no one uttered the words "edge" or "IoT" during the briefing) and, of course, new wheels.

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Those parachutes are critical. Current World Land Speed Record holder Wing Commander Andy Green explained to reporters that while testing would only get to around half the design speed of the car, "the parachutes are close to their operating speed and we will be getting fairly close to the G limit to the car, which is a 3G deceleration."

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