posted on Jan, 15 2006 @ 08:19 PM
Well, its 'capable' of the speed it achieved, which was 760mph. Both it and the competing American car (designed by Craig Breedlove) had
speeds of 850mph, this was more as a margin to try and ensure the sound barrier was passed on land rather than an actual attainable
speed. To think that it set a supersonic land speed record and yet was holding back somehow is quite wrong.
There was a fascinating documentary following the race with camera crews filming both teams every move and it was amazing to see. One amazing scene
was how it showed the entire team crawling the length of the run on their hands and knees picking up every single piece of debris (stones) they could
find. The effect of the car hitting a small stone would have been catastrophic.
I confess that, as a Brit, it was quite satisfying to see the US team slating the Thrust SSC as 'completely unaerodynamic' and also promouncing that
they had gone for a single engine design because synchronizing two afterburners was impossible to get right, and then watching the Brit team thunder
through 760mph while the American car never made it past 250mph.
Brought a lump to the throat it did, guv