Firing A Gun At Your Car Is How You Test For A Rock Strike At 1000 MPH

The team at Bloodhound SSC have to protect their driver if a rock strikes the cabin (or a wheel explodes) at their target record-breaking speed of 1000 miles per hour. Here's how they test their safety cell. » 3/11/15 2:20pm 3/11/15 2:20pm

Half A Million Dollar Coffee Tables And The 1000 MPH Bloodhound SSC

Let's say you wanted to order a piece of the Bloodhound SSC yourself. Nothing crazy. A CNC support section. Just a hunk of machined steel. You could use it as a coffee table. Yeah, that would cost you a half million dollars. » 2/04/15 7:05pm 2/04/15 7:05pm

How To Test A Radio At 650 MPH

This communications test might seem fast at a good 650 mph, but it's nothing compared to what the Bloodhound SSC land speed record crew are testing for. Also, it makes for beautiful imagery. » 1/22/15 12:15pm 1/22/15 12:15pm

Watch A Nissan GT-R Spin Out At 187 MPH On A Dry Lakebed

Sure, you can go as fast as you want on a dry lakebed like California's El Mirage. Things just won't necessarily go perfectly. » 12/22/14 9:50pm 12/22/14 9:50pm

This Blind Guy Just Set A World Record And Broke The 200-MPH Mark

Mike Newman has a history of setting records. First he set a record at 186 MPH, in a Porsche. The he set a record of 93 MPH, in a boat. And now he just raised the bar past the 200 MPH mark, in an RS-spec Nissan GT-R. Oh, and he can't see anything at all. » 8/13/14 4:04pm 8/13/14 4:04pm

This Bizarre Ferrari Was Designed To Smash A 269 MPH Nazi Speed Record

In 1938, Rudolph Caracciola drove a 5.6 liter, 753 horsepower Mercedes streamliner to 268.8 mph (432.7 km/h) on a public road, no less. Back in 1991, this bizarre Ferrari set out to beat that run. » 2/11/14 4:20pm 2/11/14 4:20pm

The Ten Fastest American Cars Ever Made

America: Land of the Free. Well, maybe that should be Land of Speed. Here are ten of our fastest cars, from record-setting streamliners to street-legal customs. » 11/01/13 11:14am 11/01/13 11:14am

Blind Man Sets New Land Speed Record At 186 MPH

This is 52-year-old Mike Newman driving a Porsche at an average of 186 miles an hour. Why is this a new land speed record? Newman is blind. » 10/07/13 3:47pm 10/07/13 3:47pm

This Is What It's Like To Drive A Car 633 MPH

This Friday marks the 30th anniversary of Richard Noble breaking the world speed record at Bonneville in 1983 with the Thrust2 blasting through the salt flats at 633.468 mph. Now, his team aims for 1,000 mph with their latest record car, the Bloodhound SSC. » 10/01/13 9:20am 10/01/13 9:20am

The First 40 Years Of Motor Racing

Henry Ford famously said that "auto racing began 5 minutes after the second car was built". While he was probably right, it definitely started before he build his second Quadricycle in 1898, featuring chain drive and a whopping 20 mph top speed. » 12/19/12 4:40pm 12/19/12 4:40pm

This is the world's fastest motorcycle

For the first time, a driver of an open-cockpit motorcycle has gone faster than 300 mph, thanks to a turbocharged Hayabusa engine and titanium guts. Bill Warner passed the mark Sunday, beating his own best of 278.6 mph like it was a broken Vespa. » 7/19/11 2:30pm 7/19/11 2:30pm

The History of The World's Fastest Vehicles In One Image

Socks, Hawaiian shirts and Chili's gift cards? If your holiday haul left you wanting, consider this $76 print from Stefan Marjoram of all top land-speed record holders, a benefit for the Bloodhound SSC project. Inquire here. » 12/27/10 1:00pm 12/27/10 1:00pm

The Secret Behind The World's Fastest Ferrari

A Washington Ferrari collector set a world speed record for a Ferrari last week, with an average 275.4 mph in a 288 GTO. The secret to its speed? A 540-ci Chevy big block, boosted by twin turbos. Enzo, meet Louis. » 10/20/10 9:30am 10/20/10 9:30am

Steve Fossett's Spaceship-Like Land Speed Record Car For Sale

Before his death in 2007, adventurer Steve Fossett was readying an attempt to break the land speed record of 763 mph, using a vehicle from famed designer Craig Breedlove. Mothballed for two years, it's now up for sale. » 10/07/10 5:30pm 10/07/10 5:30pm

Salt Fever: 366-mph Spectre Performance SpeedLiner

Bonneville Speed Week always creates brilliant stories and images. For example: Amir Rosenbaum, who's graduated from a salt-driven Ferrari F40 to the Spectre Performance SpeedLiner. In its second year running Bonneville, Amir managed a 366-mph exit speed and three records. » 9/08/10 9:30am 9/08/10 9:30am

Dry Lake, Dusty Bias-Ply

If you've ever stood on a sun-drenched, crack-filled piece of lakebed, you'll understand. Even if you haven't, you probably will. Speed. Potential. Horizon. It's all there. I have dreams. God bless California for giving them to me. [via CoolisaColor] » 7/22/10 2:30pm 7/22/10 2:30pm

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

Bonneville-It-Yourself: Ten High Speed Venues For The Frugal And Stupid

Only Bonneville is Bonneville. But where do you go if you have a hunger for speed but not the time, money, or character for Speed Week? Provided you're very stupid, here's ten places to speed on the cheap. » 8/20/09 2:30pm 8/20/09 2:30pm

Why Bonneville Is Important

After taking in the famous Bonneville Speed Week, the journey home provided time to reflect upon the experience. We've concluded there's a subtle importance not reflected in any record book of the event. » 8/17/09 5:45pm 8/17/09 5:45pm

Bobby Moore's Maro Special, A 400 MPH Super Streamliner

There's an 18-year-old record of 409.986 MPH in the A-motor blown fuel streamliner class Bobby Moore has his eyes set on, with the Maro Special he's aiming at taking it in a big way. » 8/14/09 1:00pm 8/14/09 1:00pm