Speed, hearing the word we get excited and our adrenaline rushes. Light is one of the fastest things which everyone is fond off, we tend to watch many series such as Flash where we wonder what if we can go with the speed of light? Mankind has built many machines which we are capable of going at a faster speed, it may include mean machines such as Bugatti, airplanes, rockets or superbikes. The faster the speed is the more adrenaline rush that one’s body creates, and with several fastest objects on earth, one such car takes a record for being one of the fastest cars on the planet.
Thrust SSC which is Thrust Super Sonic Car is the only supersonic car in the world that is capable to travel crossing the sound limit. When we hear the word supercar we imagine Lamborgini, Bugatti, or Koenigsegg. However, Thrust SSC is faster than those mentioned.
Thrust SSC is a non-conventional, jet-powered supercar that can cross the sound barrier and can reach a speed which is more than what sound travels in the air. The land speed of this car became a benchmark in the technological development of mean machines.
On 15th October, Thrust SSC made its way to the Guinness book of world records with the land speed where it reached a top speed of 1,227.985 km/h which is Mach 1.020 over a mile in length.
The test of this car was done on The Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA where the RAF wing commander Andy Green (UK) drove this supersonic car to record speed.
A British car, Thrust SSC was built by Richard Noble, Glynne Bowsher, Ron Ayers, and Jeremy Bliss. This became the first car to break the sound barrier achieving unimaginable speed.
The car has a dimension of the length of 54ft and a breadth of 12ft. It is powered by a 17,000-pound thrust Rolls-Royce Avon 302 engine which has a thrust of 223KN. At its top speed, the car can guzzle up to 55ltrs of fuel per kilometer and it reached the top speed of 1,227.985 km/h (763.035 mph).
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Being the only supersonic car that is currently holding the world record, the immediate competitor for Thrust SSC is Bloodhound SSC which is attempting to surpass the Top speed of Thrust SSC.