The Bloodhound SCC is a 44-foot-long “car” that uses a jet engine to accelerate to 350 MPH. Then it turns on a rocket to barf up the equivalent of 135,000 horsepower. That means it can hit 1,000 MPH within one minute of being parked. In theory.
The Triumph Castrol Rocket is a “motorcycle” that really looks more like a spaceship. The team’s out in Bonneville chasing speed records, and the most incredible thing about this run is how calm the bike seems at 233 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.