Watch The Thrust SSC Become The Fastest On Land

Thrust SSC

Back in 1997 the fastest speed on land was recorded. The Thrust SSC which was piloted by Andy Green went so fast it superseded the speed of sound. This was fourteen years after the Thrust 2, which broke the land speed record back in 83’.

The Thrust SSC was able to go a mammoth 763 mph in the Black Rock desert of Nevada. With such speed the Thrust SSC was able to break the sound barrier and have its name cemented in history. The feat was accomplished in October 15, 1997. The record was acknowledged in November the same year by the Motor Sport Council in November the same year.

Aiding the Thrust SSC to become the fastest on land were jet engines provided by Rolls Royce. The two Rolls Royce Spey turbofan engines were able to produce together a colossal 110,000 bhp. Weighing at 10.5 tons it would need every horsepower it would get. The torque on this behemoth of car engineering was 998 bhp/tonne. These engines are also to be found in the British F-4 Phantom II jet fighters. One of their biggest challenges the Thrust SSC team faced apart from getting the best place to chart a course on, was the thirst of their jet engines. The engines were fuel guzzlers of extraordinary sorts as they were able to consume 18 litres/second, while producing a net thrust of 223 kN. Do the numbers and turn this to regular car mileage and you get fuel efficiency of 55 L/km.

Richard Noble who piloted the Thrust 2 was one of the brains behind the Thrust SSC project. Thus Noble has had a noble history in breaking land speed records. In fact Noble is currently running the Bloodhound SSC project which is expected to go at 1000 mph. The Bloodhound will also be piloted by Andy Green again. However, this time Noble and his team will be facing stiff competition from the North American Eagle project.

Take a look below as the land speed record is shattered and the sound barrier breached:

Watch The Hennessey Venom GT Become The Unofficial Fastest Production Car

Hennesey Venom GT

When the history books are written about the Hennessey Venom GT, it is going to read from the “almost” script. The GT was outgunned by the Bugatti Super Sport which built more cars reaching the 30 units minimum needed to secure the Guinness Book of Records award. This feels like having a boxing match where you land in some good punches only to be disqualified because you are underweight. This might have left a sour test on the Texas based Hennessey team, however they needn’t feel too disappointed, as this could be the stepping stone to something even greater.

In February 14, 2014, at the Kennedy Space Center, the Hennessey GT managed to come up with 270.49 mph, which was higher than the current Guinness Book of Records Bugatti Super Sport Veyron’s 268 mph. However, since Hennessey Venom GT was building only 25 units they passed up the chance to get the award.

There has been acrimony from Hennessey who even cried foul. This  led to an investigation by driver.co.uk but they found that the Bugatti Veyron Super Spoort was above board and there was no foul play whatsoever.

However, this needn’t dampen their moods as they have the title for the fastest 0 -300 km/h acceleration. At Ellington Airport in Houston Texas on January, 2013 the Hennessey Venom GT was able to accelerate from 0 – 300 km/h in 13.63 seconds. This record did stand with the Guinness Book of Records. This remains a constellation price, but if you are able to build a car that is this fast with your first model you have a bright future in the auto world that’s for certain.

Next year it’s back to chasing the elusive world record as the hungry challenger the Hennessey Venom F5 takes on the Chiron.

Watch the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Become the Fastest Street Legal Car

bugatti veyron super sport

Well, controversially still the world’s fastest production car that’s at least to Guinness Book of Records. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport built this as the apex of its Veyron 16.4 model. This is the fastest Veyron and the fastest production car.

The Bugatti performed its feat in July 2010 at the Ehra-Lessien track. This track by the way is owned by the biggest conglomerate in the auto industry the Volkswagen Group. The hypercar managed to reach 268 mph which was recognized as Guinness World Record. Of note this record was smashed a continent away in America by the Hennessey Venom F5.

However, since Hennessey didn’t make 30 units of its cars they weren’t feted with the glorious award. There has been some simmering controversy with accusations and counter-accusations flying. However, Guinness Book of Records handled the situation with complete sagacity as they did damage control and gave the Venom the Guinness book of records for accelerating 0-300 km/h.

So round one to the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, let’s see what happens next year when the Chiron and Hennessey Venom F5 coming out.