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Thrust SSC: Land’s Speed of Sound Pioneer

Thrust SSC

Today, we are so used to talking about the Bugattis and the Hennesseys so much we forget there were other cars on the speed scene. In the 90s there seemed to be an incessant obsession with speed by the Brits. Shortly, after having the McLaren F1 being declared the fastest production car in 93’, the Brits did it again, however they were going for more than the speed of sound in 97’ as they did it with the Thrust SSC.

The Thrust SSC was able to beat the previous record set by the Thrust 2 which was at 633mph. It reached a peak speed of 763 mph, which broke the sound barrier and had it immortalized in car history. Making its run in Black Rock desert in Nevada, USA, it was driven by Royal Air Force Wing Commander, Andy Green. The record was broken on October 15, 1997 and was recognized by the World Motor Sport Council in November the same year.

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