Want to prevent 1,100 MPH blowouts? Watch this.

Bloodhound SSC is designed to go 1,100 MPH on the salt. At those speeds, just the friction of the air passing over the aluminum wheels can heat them up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. At 300 F, they could disintegrate.

Clearly, that's a bad thing. To figure out if the Bloodhound SSC's wheels could take the punishment, they… » 8/01/14 11:46am 8/01/14 11:46am

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

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