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History of the land speed record

Autocar Logo By Autocar of Autocar | Slide 1 of 26: Pitched at becoming the world’s first car to surpass 1000mph, the British Bloodhound SSC (pictured) uses the turbojet engine from a jet fighter aircraft as well as a rocket to produce a staggering 133,000bhp. It will attempt a run to 500mph in 2019, and a 1000mph mission in 2020, both to take place on the Hakskeen Pan in South Africa. But Bloodhound is just the latest in a long list of land speed record vehicles, built with the sole purpose of taking the ultimate Earth-based speed crown. Here we chart mankind’s quest to be the fastest on earth:

The land speed record battle is about to become very interesting.

Pitched at becoming the world’s first car to surpass 1000mph, the British Bloodhound SSC (pictured) uses the turbojet engine from a jet fighter aircraft as well as a rocket to produce a staggering 133,000bhp. It will attempt a run  to 500mph in 2019, and a 1000mph mission in 2020, both to take place on the Hakskeen Pan in South Africa.

But Bloodhound is just the latest in a long list of land speed record vehicles, built with the sole purpose of taking the ultimate Earth-based speed crown. Here we chart mankind’s quest to be the fastest on earth:

© Bloodhound SSC

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