78 SEPTEMBER 2016
LSR: BLOODHOUND SSC
peed, or at least one’s perception of it,
is a relative thing. Cruising in a
commercial jetliner at 500mph is for the
frequent flyer an ideal time for a snooze.
You may not realize it, but as you sit and
read this, you’re on a 66,000mph ride
around the sun aboard planet Earth.
Back on land, 65mph in a full size SUV on
an interstate feels pretty normal, but that
same 65mph in, say, a Porsche 356c
feels quite exhilarating.
To put a more objective perspective
on it, 65mph equates to 95. 3 feet per
second (ft/s). At that speed, an American
football field is covered in 3.14sec, which
would leave Usain Bolt trailing by some
seven seconds. Now imagine crossing
four-and-a-half football fields in one
second. That’s what happens at
The team behind the land speed record-breaking Thrust
SSC aims to raise the bar to 1,000mph with Bloodhound
SSC? But first they want to dial themselves in...at 800mph.
WORDS George Tamayo MAIN IMAGE Stefan Marjoram