When The Land Speed Record Was Set, A Town Thought It Had An Earthquake

Way back in 1997 the first supersonic car ever built smashed the world land speed record. The Thrust SSC was silent in its menacing and deliberate approach, until it finally passed you with a wallop of a double BANG as it crushed and broke through the sound barrier. This is the inside story of that run. » 12/09/14 4:20pm 12/09/14 4:20pm

Flooded Salt Flats Viewed From A Drone Looks Like A Freaky Sci-Fi Set

16-year-old Kaylin Stewart is trying to hit 200 MPH on the Bonneville Salt Flats, and is making a movie about speed-record holding women in the process. Her scheduled run got rained out last week, but at least she got some really cool footage of the Flats like you've never seen them; as the lakes they once were. » 8/21/14 2:40pm 8/21/14 2:40pm

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 11:35am 8/01/14 11:35am

Watch Classic Rat Rods Do Their Thing On The Bonneville Salt Flats

The Bonneville Salt Flats are gearhead heaven. Whatever you're driving, you can push it to the limits on the seemingly endless expanse of dry lakebed. Surrounded by distant mountains, driving out there feels like being in an arena. » 9/19/12 10:00am 9/19/12 10:00am

Brit-beating land-speed-record holder Bill Summers is dead at 75

In 1965, with a shiny, gold streamliner they'd built in a shed — and four Hemi V8s — brothers Bill and Bob "Butch" Summers ended the longstanding British rule over the wheel-driven land-speed record. Bill Summers died last week at 75. » 5/21/11 1:00pm 5/21/11 1:00pm

Lawn Mower Land Speed Record Returns To ‘Merica Where It Belongs

Remember the great land speed records waged between Art Arfons and Craig Breedlove that pushed speeds to 500+ mph and more? This is just like that. Only slower. And with lawn mowers. » 10/31/10 9:00am 10/31/10 9:00am

The 1000 MPH Bloodhound SSC Will Probably Kill Someone

When Bloodhound SSC makes its 42 second run for a 1000MPH land speed record, it'll use a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet engine and hybrid-rocket to deliver 47,500 pounds of thrust. Somehow, former fighter-pilot and driver Andy Green hopes to survive. » 7/21/10 1:30pm 7/21/10 1:30pm

Ever Seen The Patent For The Wienermobile?

No? How about the drawing that Bill Mitchell filed for the '63 Corvette? One of Henry Seagrave's land-speed record cars? Maybe you'd prefer a Weddell car-boat thing? We're ordering prints now. Why aren't you? [Vintagraph] » 3/01/10 11:00am 3/01/10 11:00am

Ass-Kickin' Engine of the Day: Rolls-Royce R

It isn't often that an engine makes the front page of Wikipedia, but not many engines score as high on the Ass-Kick-O-Meter™ as the Rolls-Royce R! » 12/26/09 7:00pm 12/26/09 7:00pm

Spectre Performance Attempting 400 MPH Gas-Powered Record

There are countless classes attempting records at Bonneville but Spectre Performance is attempting one of the most important: going over 400 MPH in a gas-powered, wheel-driven car. Audio of the engine and pictures below. » 10/09/09 4:45pm 10/09/09 4:45pm

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

Jesse James Sets Hydrogen Land Speed Record At 199.7 MPH

Jesse James set a record speed of 199.712 in the hydrogen-powered Streamliner at the El Mirage Dry Lake Bed last week, besting the hydrogen record previously held by the BMW H2R, thus proving Americans lead in increasingly obsolete technology. » 6/23/09 11:15am 6/23/09 11:15am

Mickey Thompson: The Fast Life And Tragic Death Of A Racing Legend

If you're one of those weirdo intellectual gearheads who reads books, we're not going to give you the swirly-and-stolen-lunch-money treatment you probably deserve. No, we're going to indulge your shameful habit! » 3/15/09 6:15pm 3/15/09 6:15pm

Steam-Powered Car Land Speed Record Test Successful

It seems like the team of British speed freaks aiming at one of the oldest land speed records on the books is one step closer after successfully testing their steam-powered speedster. » 12/11/08 8:00am 12/11/08 8:00am

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

The 1998 BMW M5: Faster Than A Jet Car!

British car shoppers in the late 1990s, perhaps not predicting the all-encompassing speed-camera network that would one day render their island unsuitable for M5-grade fast driving, probably yearned » 10/14/08 1:15pm 10/14/08 1:15pm for the new factory-hot-rod BMW after seeing this ad. But… don't jet cars go a couple hundred MPH faster than a piston…

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