Thrust SSC Supersonic Car - The Final Run 66 - Cockpit View - Black Rock Desert, Nevada - 1997





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Thrust SSC Supersonic Car - Historic Archive Footage of the Final Run 66. View from the Live Cockpit Camera with Supersonic Driver - Wing Commander Andy Green, OBE, on Black Rock Desert - Nevada, USA. Time - 10:05:00 - Wednesday 15th October 1997 (Local Time). This was the second of 2 supersonic runs (Runs 65 and 66) that together set the World Land Speed Record of 763mph or 1228km/h that still holds today more than 12 years later, and was indeed the FIRST record at supersonic speed!

The Thrust SSC Car is driven by twin Rolls-Royce Spey Engines with 11,000hp and 50,000lbs thrust! They provide the power to achieve 0 to 600mph in just 16 seconds. Run 66 achieved a peak speed of 771mph - Mach 1.02 - and an average speed of 766.609mph over the measured mile! The distance covered during this final run was 14 miles.

In this now historic archive video you'll see the large round "Mach" Speed Meter on the left side of the various dials - as the car pushes through the 700mph barrier you'll see the Mach Speed Hand rapidly move across the dial to an indicated peak supersonic Mach Speed of an estimated Mach 1.02 - with sonic booms being experienced across the desert flats. The main speedometer is just to the right of the Mach Gauge, and during the run you'll see the needle move from the top position around the gauge to the max 771 mph! Wow!

You can see all the in-depth project details and various news reports of the Thrust SSC Car and other historic archive materials on the outstanding website which is now preserved for archive study at : www.thrustssc.com .

The project was directed by Richard Noble, OBE, who has recently launched a new project - Bloodhound SSC - with the target of achieving 1000mph - See the new website - www.bloodhoundssc.com - and join the club now! The Thrust SSC Car now resides for public viewing, including an impressive cockpit simulator in the Coventry Transport Museum - England.

Archive Video Courtesy of: SSC Programme Ltd (c)


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