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Fastest land speed vehicle which breaks sound barriers

Thrust ssc 1228km/h (763 mph)

Thrust ssc is a British jet car manufactured by SSC Programme Limited. Thrust ssc designed by Ron Ayers, Glynne Bowsher, Jeremy Bliss and Richard Noble. Thrust ssc has two Rolls-Royce Spey turbofan engines which are also used in British F-4 Phantom-11 jet fighter. In October 15, 1997 British RAF pilot Andy Green set the world fastest land speed record with a speed of 763 mph in Thrust ssc in black rock desert in Nevada USA. When it reached at a speed of 1228km/h, it breaks the sound barrier. This is the first time in history that a land vehicle has exceeded the speed of sound.  Before it, Richard Noble with his earlier car Thrust2 breaks the land speed vehicle record with the speed of 1019 km/h (633 mph) in 1983. In 14 October 1947, Check Yeager was the first man who broke earth’s atmosphere sound barrier with Bell-X1 rocket.

Body and chassis

  • Thrust ssc 16.5 meters long and 3.7 meters wide
  • Weight about 10.6 tons
  • 110000 brake horsepower producing 50,000 pounds per square foot
  • Two Rolls-Royce Spey turbofan
  • Two engines produced net thrust of 50, 000lbf (223kn) with power output of 82MW (110, 000 hp)
  • At its maximum speed fuel consumption is 5,500 l/100 km
  • Burn 18 liters per second
  • This vehicle exceeded the speed of sound
  • Fastest Land speed record vehicle

Head to head with BBC

In June 2012, a Russian television broadcast the advertisement for orange San Diego mobile phone which containing Intel processor and featured on fast car. Richard Noble claimed that Rory Cellan-Jones, Intel and Orange companies used his intellectual property without his permission, putting the future of Bloodhound ssc in doubt.  BBC news assured that Rory Cellan-Jones, Intel and Orange respond that their production team trying to make their own orange land speed car and their advertisement and phone were not connected to Bloodhound ssc of Noble Richard.

Exhibition Place

In England Thrust ssc with thrust2 displayed at Coventry transport Museum. Thrust is kept in a barrel-roof hall. Visitors can visit thrust ssc and can ride motion simulator redraw the computer animation of the record breaking run from the point of view of green. In 2015 due to museum redevelopment both cars were replaced to Biffa award land speed record gallery.

The price of thrust ssc is about US$ 5100000. But currently Bloodhound ssc is in development and their goal is to exceed 1000 mph. So that was the fastest land speed vehicle ever which holds the fastest land speed vehicle record and breaks the sound barrier.