Go real fast.
June 4, 2008 5:52 PM Subscribe
Since 1997 ThrustSSC holds the World Record for land speed
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, going as far as to officially break the sound barrier
- something that the Budweiser Rocket
claimed doing much earlier, but under unoffical circumstances - or outright suspicion and disbelief. With Thrust SSC looking like something out of a Podracer lineup
, the inboard and outboard video is something to behold. While workman-like and almost boring in calculated precision
, it can get hairy
For the hairy bit in the last video pay attention to how far the pilot drifts off course and struggles with the line of the run, just after the brief blackout in the (sorry, inherently low quality) video. "Starting to yaw, bringing it back... Bringing it back!!" It's easy to miss, but he drifts entirely off the dragged/smoothed strip just about as he's approaching the sound barrier while already hurtling along at over 500-600 miles per hour.
Be sure to read the brief pilot's account about what steering that beast is like
. (Same link as "sound barrier", above.)
More video: -1- -2- -3- -4-
This isn't the Thrust team's first jetcar, with Thrust2
previously holding the record for some time. Thrust SSC's (vintage) main site is here.
Here are some links to other rocket cars
and information about land speed record cars
, and land speed records
Bonus: Video of the current un-manned rocket-sled World land speed record
, and the current land speed record holder for wheel-driven speed
Yeah, I know Freud would have something to say, but sometimes a car is just a car.