The fastest car ever made

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‘Thrust – Super Sonic Car’ which is also called ‘Thrust SSC’ for short, is the fastest car in the world. This jet propelled car holds the ‘World’s Fastest land speed record’ and became the first car to break the sound barrier. The official land-speed record (measured over one mile) is 1,227.985 km/h (763.035 mi/h) (Mach 1.020), set by Andy Green (UK) on 15 October 1997 in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA.

Although Thrust SSC is the first car to break the sound barrier, it is alleged that the Budweiser Rocket Car, driven by Stan Barrett (US), reached a speed of 1,190.377 km/h (739.666 mi/h) at Edwards Air Force Base, California, USA, on 17 December 17 1979. However, the published speed of Mach 1.0106 was not officially sanctioned by the USAF, as the Digital Instrument Radar was not calibrated or certified. The radar information was not generated using the vehicle directly but by an operator aiming aiming a dish using a TV screen.


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