British Steam Car Powers Past 127MPH Record, Unofficially

The British team attempting to break the long-standing steam-powered land speed record have beaten the 127 MPH mark, unofficially. They still need a visit from the FIA and another pair of runs to make it official. » 8/20/09 6:00pm 8/20/09 6:00pm

Bloodhound SSC Gang To Attempt To Break 1000 MPH Speed Mark

Andy Green, former RAF pilot and current holder of the world land speed record, and Richard Noble, the driving force behind the Thrust 2 and Thrust SSC speed record cars, today announced they were signing on to the new Bloodhound SSC project intended to break the 1000 MPH mark. If they get there, they'd smash the… » 10/23/08 9:30am 10/23/08 9:30am

Junkman Sells DB HBR-5 To Record-Breaking Bonneville Madmen

The Land Speed Record for the Grand Touring Sports Car Under 750cc had stood at 80.143 MPH since 1991, and what better car to make a run at the record than a Deutsch Bonnet » 8/26/08 4:00pm 8/26/08 4:00pm HBR-5? That's what Mark Brinker of Texas thought, and he knew where to find one: You can get the details after the jump, but we can tell you…

Piero Taruffi's 1952 Land Speed Record-Breaking Double Bullet

Jalopy Journal » 8/19/08 4:40pm 8/19/08 4:40pm has a transcription of an article which ran in a 1952 copy of detailing the land speed record run of one Piero Taruffi, and his Double Bullet race car. Taruffi's car used a 1.7-liter four-cylinder Maserati engine running a chain drive mounted on one side of the car, with him mounted in the other. All…

Edmunds Inside Line Gets 2008 Dodge Viper ACR Salty At Bonneville

A guy named Ed that works for Edmunds Inside Line (we suspect nepotism) just got back from driving the 2008 Dodge Viper ACR to Bonneville. There, he discovered that driving really fast in a straight line, at least in a twitchy track special on the salt, is a lot harder than it looks. If we'd been there, we'd have told… » 7/29/08 11:00am 7/29/08 11:00am

Sir Malcolm Cambell's Grandson Takes Run At Steam-Powered Land Speed…

Steam as a motive force is both powerful and difficult to contain, but a team of Britons will be doing their best to topple the steam-powered land speed record with this amazing vapor-driven monster. Granted, the FIA-recognized steam-powered land-speed record is only 127.66 mph­ and was set in 1906 (the unofficial… » 6/27/08 3:30pm 6/27/08 3:30pm

Rocket Sled Breaks World Speed Record At Air Force Test Track

A military rocket train was propelled down a track at nearly nine times the speed of sound yesterday, thereby reaching a world land speed record for rail (though Guinness wasn't invited). The previous record was held by another rocket sled at about mach 8.5. Approximately three miles of the test was inside an inflated… » 2/01/08 12:15pm 2/01/08 12:15pm

1929 Land Speed Record Setter: Irving-Napier Golden Arrow

Okay, let's be honest, we only brought up the subject of Sir Henry Segrave's Sunbeam 1000 and his push through the 200 mph barrier in 1927 so we could tell you about this car. After Segrave made his record-setting run, the competition predictably responded, though not for nearly a year. In February 1928, the dastardly… » 1/24/08 2:00pm 1/24/08 2:00pm