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LAND SPEED RECORD CONTENDERS Target: 1000mph


With at least half a dozen World Land Speed Record projects currently in existence, the race is on to go supersonic…


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t doesn’t seem like 14 years since Thrust SSC achieved the biggest single incremental increase in the


history of outright land speed record (LSR) when it reset the mark of its predecessor, Thrust 2. Thrust SSC raised the record


for the measured mile from 633.47mph to 763.035mph, and was the fi rst vehicle to go supersonic in the process, achieving an average of Mach 1.02. Now the race is on to raise


the record again, and the current global level of activity in this


endeavour is unprecedented, with teams from Australia (two), Great Britain (one), New Zealand (one) and the USA (two, one jointly Canadian) declaring their intent to either simply move the record upwards or, in the case of some, to aim for the


astonishing speed of 1000mph, whilst keeping all wheels fi rmly attached to the ground. In addition, the Fossett project is covered in detail elsewhere, but here we take a look at the others, starting with the only one that has already done some running.


“Thrust SSC raised the record from 633.47mph to 763.035mph” January 2012 • www.racecar-engineering.com 17


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