Land speed record
The land speed record (or absolute land speed record) is the highest speed achieved by a person using a vehicle on land. There is no single body for validation and regulation; in practice the Category C (“Special Vehicles”) flying start regulations are used, officiated by regional or national organizations under the auspices of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile. The land speed record (LSR) is standardized as the speed over a course of fixed length, averaged over two runs (commonly called “passes”). Two runs are required in opposite directions within one hour, and a new record mark must exceed the previous one by at least one percent to be validated. There are numerous other class records for cars; motorcycles fall into a separate class.
- List of vehicle speed records
- British land speed record
- List of fastest production cars
- Land speed record for rail vehicles
- Motorcycle land speed record
- Aero-engined car
- Pioneer 2M – Soviet Union attempt at the land speed record in early 1960s
- Budweiser Rocket – Claimed but not verified to have reached 739.666 miles per hour (1,190.377 km/h) and to have broken the sound barrier in 1979
- North American Eagle Project – Aiming for 808 mph (1,300 km/h) to break current record.
- Bloodhound SSC – Project aiming for 1,050 mph (1,690 km/h).
- Rosco McGlashan – Australia’s fastest man on the land. His Aussie Invader team is building a fully rocket-powered LSR car with an attempt at the record currently on hold pending funding.
- The Bullet Project – Australia’s land speed record challenger