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A&Z Engineering & Thrust SSC

Thrust SSC CarThrustSSC holds the World Land Speed Record, set on October 15, 1997, when it achieved a speed of 763 mph/hr and became the first land vehicle to officially break the sound barrier.

A&Z Engineering (Reading) Limited had the pleasure of helping to make the Thrust SSC break the land speed record – which they still hold today. We turned and milled various vital parts in the production of Thrust SSC.

The car was driven by Royal Air Force fighter pilot Squadron Leader Andy Green in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, United States. It was powered by two afterburning Rolls-Royce Spey turbofan engines, as used in British F-4 Phantom II jet fighters. It is 16.5 m (54 ft) long, 3.7 m (12 ft) wide and weighs 10.5 tons (10.7 t).

The twin engines developed a thrust of 223 kN (50,000 lbf) and burned around 18 litres per second (4 Imperial gallons/s or 4.8 US gallons/s). Transformed into the usual terms for car mileages based on its maximum speed, the fuel consumption was about 5,500 l/100 km or 0.04 mpg U.S.

After the record was set, the World Motor Sport Council released the following message:

The World Motor Sport Council homologated the new world land speed records set by the team ThrustSSC of Richard Noble, driver Andy Green, on 15 October 1997 at Black Rock Desert, Nevada (USA). This is the first time in history that a land vehicle has exceeded the speed of sound.

The new records are as follows:

  • Flying mile 1227.986 km/h (763.035 mph)
  • Flying kilometre 1223.657 km/h (760.343 mph)

In setting the record, the sound barrier was broken in both the north and south runs.

The Thrust SSC team are now it the process of building the new bloodhound car.
More info here: http://www.bloodhoundssc.com

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