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      ThrustSSC

      Name: ThrustSSC
      Year: 1997

      ThrustSSC is a British-designed and built World Land Speed Record car.

      ThrustSSC holds the current World Land Speed Record which was set on October 15, 1997, by accomplishing a speed of 763 mph. By doing so, the supersonic car became the first land vehicle to officially break the sound barrier.

      Designed by Richard Noble, Jeremy Bliss, Ron Ayres and Glynne Bowsher, ThrustSSC was driven by the RAF fighter pilot Squadron Leader Andy Green in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, USA. It is 16.5 m (54 ft) long, 3.7 m (12 ft) wide and weighs 10.5 tons (10.7 t).

      Noble was also the driving force behind the car's predecessor, Thrust 2 which broke the World Land Speed Record in 1983.

      The car was powered by two Rolls-Royce Spey turbofan engines, as used in British F-4 Phantom II jet fighters. The twin engines developed a thrust of 223 kN (50,000 lbf) and burned around 18 litres of fuel per second.

       

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