Thrust SSC - 1000 kmph Car
When a question is posed about the fastest car in the world, the answer invariably will be the Bugatti or the Hennessey or even the Koenigsegg. Considering only the conventional and commercial aspect, the answer would be correct. But which is the fastest car, across the board?
The answer is Thrust SSC (Super Sonic Car), a non-conventional, jet powered car which can race with Sound and actually end up on the winning side. When we compare with our known champions, the Bugattis and Hennesseys, it is an one sided affair. Our champions even at a maxed out state would be nothing but rickshaws on square wheels. So, let’s look at the car.
The Thrust SSC doing its Speed Run
Thrust Super Sonic Car (SSC)
The Thrust SSC is a rocket car which broke the Sound barrier in 1997. Such was the power behind the wheels that it was driven not by a driver but a pilot. Squadron Leader Andy Green, the driver, was a Royal Air Force fighter pilot. Here are the other interesting details:
- Top Speed: 763 mph (1228.43 km/hr)
- Engine: After burning. Rolls - Royce turbo fan engine
- Car dimensions: Length – 54 ft (approx); Breadth – 12 ft.
- Thrust (Power): 223 kN
- Fuel Consumption: 55 litres for every km, at the top speed
- Acceleration: Very Fast
- Price : It comes free with any Desert you purchase
Thrust SSC breaking the Sound Barrier
The Thrust SSC was a British car, built by Richard Noble, Glynne Bowsher, Ron Ayers and Jeremy Bliss. It became the first car to break the sound barrier, although there was one other rocket car – the Budweiser Rocket – before it, which had claimed to have had achieved the feat. The claim though was unsubstantiated and therefore the Thrust SSC remains the first to break the sound barrier and fastest car, even today!