World Record holding Thrust SSC Team target 1000mph Land Speed Record

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by edesignuk, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
  2. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    I don't know how that would be justified as the land speed record? If they mean manned land speed record or wheeled land speed record then of course. Otherwise I would say they have a long way to go to match the Air Forces Mach 8.5 rocket sled (6,416 mph / 10,325 km/h), for an absolute land speed record.
  3. costabunny macrumors 68020


    May 15, 2008
    Weymouth, UK
    I think it generally refers to a vehicle that is not tied to a rail or guide system. Both Thrust and Bloodhound are autonomous in the fact they rely only on solid ground to be beneath them.

    Also, to qualify the vehicle must make a run in each direction and the average is taken (within a given time frame - can't remember it exactly).

    I'll bet the rocket sled cant do these things.

    True tho if it were just record manned vehicle speed at Ground level then I am sure the sled would be king.

    Awesome - flying he flag once more (That Andy Green must have cahonas the size of London Buses!!!)
  4. cantthinkofone macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2004
    Missouri, USA
    I think it's kind of cheating. Using a rocket.

    Aren't there classes?
  5. djellison macrumors 68020

    Feb 2, 2007
    Pasadena CA
    Yup - and this is the unlimited class. The rules, basically

    Four Wheels
    Two of which steer (notably, Thrust SSC had rear wheel steering)

    and then on the site - you have to do two runs thru a measured mile.

    When you enter the measured mile, a clock starts running. You have to be BACK in the measured mile within the hour.

    There are other classes as well - wheel driven (The Turbinator, I think) , wheel driven piston engined, wheel driven diesel ( which Andy Green ALSO holds with JCB Dieselmax! ) and so on...
    I was an enormous fan of Thrust SSC, and frankly, Bloodhound SSC sends shivers up my spine. I only live about 30 minutes up the road from the museum where they keep Thrust 2 and Thrust SSC.

    Attached - a photo of Thrust SSC, with me (sat in the engine :D ), Andy Mishkin (Sojourner Rover engineer), Sharon Laubach ( MER mission manager) and Scott Maxwell. Scott is a Rover Driver - and technically, holds the Mars land speed record (you may have seen his talk at Gnomedex). When the museum guy who took the picture said "Sit in the engine" - I didn't have to be asked twice :)


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