The Bloodhound 1,000mph car project is going to compress its schedule over the next 18 months, reports BBC.
It had planned runs above 500mph later this year before trying to break the world land speed record in late 2019. The timing of the record attempt will not change, but those initial trials are now being pushed back to May of next year.
Availability of funding is part of the reason, but engineers also want a more complete car when they test it.Had they gone ahead with running this autumn, Bloodhound would have been missing some key exterior composites, including winglets and air-brakes.
“From an engineering point of view, the change in schedule makes sense,” said Bloodhound’s chief engineer, Mark Chapman.
“It means the car we start running with in South Africa, and gathering data on, is more like the car we’re going to break the record with,” he told BBC News.
Bloodhound is aiming to raise the existing land speed record of 763mph (1,228km/h) set back in 1997, first to 800mph and then to over 1,000mph.
The arrow-shaped vehicle will use a Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine in tandem with a rocket to push itself through the sound barrier.