engineering careers  Engineering Anniversaries – Thrust SSC and the World Land Speed Record
engineering careers  Engineering Anniversaries – Thrust SSC and the World Land Speed Record

Today, 15th October 2021, marks the 20th anniversary of the Thrust SSC team setting the World Land Speed Record of 763.035mph.

Watch the Thrust SSC world record attempt

The British jet car – developed by Richard Noble, Glynne Bowsher, Ron Ayers, and Jeremy Bliss – is first and only car to reach speeds faster than the speed of the sound.

The car was just 16.5m long and 3.7m wide – weighing in at nearly 10 tons.

It was powered by two afterburning Rolls-Royce Spey turbofan engines which gave it a total thrust of 223 kN (approximately 50,000 pounds-force) – that is equivalent to around 102,000 brake horsepower.

The record run in October 1997 followed on from extensive test runs of the vehicle in autumn 1996 and spring 1997 in the Al-Jafr desert

On 15 October 1997 at Black Rock Desert, Nevada run exceeded the speed of sound and set two new world records – fastest Flying mile at 763.035 mph and fastest Flying kilometre at 760.343 mph.

Both Thrust SSC and Thrust2 are displayed at the Coventry Transport Museum in Coventry, England