Yorkshire entrepreneur Ian Warhurst has bought the troubled land speed record project
James Attwood, digital editor
17 December 2018

The new owner of the Bloodhound SSC project, Yorkshire-based entrepreneur Ian Warhurst, has told Autocar that he intends to stick to the original plan for the 1000mph land speed record car.

He said: “I’m still trying to get my head around what’s there and what the plans truly are. I rang the administrators on Monday to see if I could help and now I own the team. At the moment, I feel like I’m in a holding pattern, working out where things are up to, but the main thing is we’ve saved it from being broken up. I still need to find out what’s left to do.

He added: “There was no way I could let it go to the wall. ‘That can’t happen.’ I said to myself. I’ve been to Bloodhound shows with my kids and they’d taken part in its schools competition.”

It was announced this morning that Warhurst was buying the business and assets of the Bristol-based project, which went into administration in October.

Earlier this month, administrators said efforts to find the £25 million investment needed had failed.

However, project leader Andy Green, who set the current land speed record in Thrust SSC back in 1997 subsequently told Autocar that there was still hope for Bloodhound, with one investor showing significant interest but unable to raise the money ahead of the deadline.

Then, this morning, administrators Andrew Sheridan and Geoff Rowley announced that Warhurst has bought the business and assets for an undisclosed account. 

Sheridan said he was “thrilled that we have been able to secure a buyer who is able to give this inspiring project a future”.

Warhurst owned Barnsley-based turbocharger firm Melett from 2002 until selling it to US firm Wabtec late in 2017 and staying on as managing director. He has featured in Management Today’s list of Britain’s top 100 entrepreneurs.

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Warhurst told Autocar he likes vintage cars and just bought a Jaguar XK140 at auction. He describes himself as “a good general engineer” adding “but engineers find all kind of solutions for all kind of problems including business problems”.

Sheridan said: “Ian has a strong background in managing highly successful businesses in the automotive engineering sector, and he will be considerable expertise to bear in taking the project forward.”

The official line from Sheridan is that Warhurst intends to outline his plans for Bloodhound early in 2019.

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17 December 2018

For how much? If it was for a million then you could asset strip if it was for 20 million then, I'm affaid, he might as well chucked it in the engine whilst the fan was at 10,000 rpm

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

17 December 2018
xxxx wrote:

For how much? If it was for a million then you could asset strip if it was for 20 million then, I'm affaid, he might as well chucked it in the engine whilst the fan was at 10,000 rpm

Great news, why can’t you give the guy a chance to say what he’s going to do. Relentless negativity as normal, and condescending “I know better” attitude. What have you done that compares to the various people you’ve criticised?

17 December 2018
Paul Dalgarno wrote:

xxxx wrote:

For how much? If it was for a million then you could asset strip if it was for 20 million then, I'm affaid, he might as well chucked it in the engine whilst the fan was at 10,000 rpm

Great news, why can’t you give the guy a chance to say what he’s going to do. Relentless negativity as normal, and condescending “I know better” attitude. What have you done that compares to the various people you’ve criticised?

It's a question as to what plans there are.

"Relentless negativity" coming from the person who said of the Jag XE SV Project 8 "Who wants an XE that’s been pimped? There might be a market when the tasteless people who buy the current Civic Type R grow up?.... " who managed to insult 2 groups in one go.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

17 December 2018

Really thought this project was dead but not sure if the bloke is an investor or a sugar daddy.

17 December 2018

I hope Ian is an Autocar reader. He’ll no doubt be offered a fawning interview in the New Year. The future may have been ‘secured’ but I wouldn’t bet on Bloodhound getting anywhere near South Africa.

17 December 2018

I thought I was a miserable old git, but some of the people on here....   Thank God "scrap" wasn't around decades ago, otherwise Richard Noble would never have taken the record with Thrust 2, and we'd never have seen Andy Green (thanks to that man Noble again) break the sound barrier in Thrust SSC.  If you read the announcement, Rolls-Royce and other backers support the bid so they must think Ian is serious... 

17 December 2018
Well done Mr Warhurst! We look forward to your plans! No other team could do this. Plus we need to keep the younger generation inspired & trained...for the future beyond even this!

17 December 2018

It would be interesting to know how much this project has cost to date, what it has achieved and what it could achieve !

 

whilst it’s great that successful businessman are prepared to back a project  like this  - what is the point ?

17 December 2018

Not sure why this is so.  Human endeavour and pushing the envelope against a $450m painting now in the middle east just because they have excess money and don't know what to do with it.

This is actually cheap as chips in the greater scheme of things.

Hope goes well.

17 December 2018

Tend to agree with Cenuijmu.  They say £25mln was needed.  Earlier this year someone paid $48mln for a single Ferrari, which was the equivalent of £36mln.  Who knows what some of Branson's escapades cost?  Or sky diving from space?  The rich are entitled to do what they want with their money.

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