The First Supersonic Car in History – ThrustSSC

On 16 October 1997 was achieved today current world speed record for a vehicle on the ground. It is also the occasion for the first time in history a land vehicle broke the sound barrier (Mach 1 speed of sound). It was a vehicle ThrustSSC, where the abbreviation SSC means Super Sonic Car.

ThrustSSC vehicle is a jet-powered. It has two turbojets intended for combat aircraft. These engines produced by Rolls-Royce for the British version of the fighter F-4 Phantom II. Jet engines together provide approximately 110,000 horsepower.

ThrustSSC vehicle reached a speed of up to 1,227.986 kilometers per hour and so set current world record.

ThrustSSCThe vehicle is operated by the British Royal Air Force pilot (RAF) Andy Green, who has the rank of warrant officer, “Wing Commander.”

ThrustSSC was actually a British project, led by the Scottish entrepreneur Richard Noble. He previously developed jet vehicles Thrust1 and Thrust2.

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Mention that the Thrust2 held the world speed record from 1983 to 1997 year. Today, the British developed even faster car – Bloodhound SSC – which should reach a speed of up to 1,000 miles per hour (1,609 kilometers per hour).

Bloodhound SSC will be powered by a jet engine from the Eurofighter fighter jet, rocket engine and one extra V8 Formula 1 engine.

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