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(Jalopnik)   Ever wonder what it would be like to break the sound barrier in a car? This guy did it   ( blackflag.jalopnik.com) divider line
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3326 clicks; posted to Geek » on 17 Oct 2017 at 9:50 PM (13 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2017-10-17 06:46:58 PM  
It's pretty generous to call two jet engines mounted to some wheels a "car".
 
2017-10-17 07:22:14 PM  
Worst.  Mileage.  Ever.
 
2017-10-17 07:55:24 PM  
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2017-10-17 08:12:35 PM  
I hate it when my car pulls to the left at 600 MPH
 
2017-10-17 09:54:09 PM  
Sound barrier? Psh. Buddy of mine drove straight through a mountain.
 
2017-10-17 10:02:15 PM  

Voiceofreason01: It's pretty generous to call two jet engines mounted to some wheels a "car".


Yeah. I don't count that as a land vehicle. SR-71 blackbirds had wheels, too.
 
2017-10-17 10:07:50 PM  

Tchernobog: Sound barrier? Psh. Buddy of mine drove straight through a mountain.


So did a friend of mine. I forgot to tell him that he would need an oscillation overthruster. When I realised as he started rolling, I thought I'd be able to tell him later...
 
2017-10-17 10:08:45 PM  

Voiceofreason01: It's pretty generous to call two jet engines mounted to some wheels a "car".


What would you call it?  Cars come with piston engines, rotary engines, steam engines, electric motors.  Some are internal combustion, some are external combustion.  Some are gas-powered, some run on diesel.  They're all cars.  I fail to see what would exclude one powered by a turbofan, that burns jet fuel.
 
2017-10-17 10:39:03 PM  

Voiceofreason01: It's pretty generous to call two jet engines mounted to some wheels a "car".


To be considered a "car" for the purpose of setting a land speed record, the vehicle must be fitted with at least four wheels, and controlled or steered by at least two of them.   No requirement that the propulsion method be coupled to the wheels.
 
2017-10-17 10:39:22 PM  

calufrax: Tchernobog: Sound barrier? Psh. Buddy of mine drove straight through a mountain.

So did a friend of mine. I forgot to tell him that he would need an oscillation overthruster. When I realised as he started rolling, I thought I'd be able to tell him later...


Wicked guitar player, too, right?

We have cool friends.
 
2017-10-17 10:57:31 PM  
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/going to plaid
 
M-G
2017-10-17 11:01:57 PM  
It's pretty damn big, too:  
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2017-10-17 11:04:38 PM  
I always thought it'd look something like this:
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2017-10-17 11:19:04 PM  
1.20 Jiggawatts. So close!
 
2017-10-17 11:50:23 PM  

M-G: It's pretty damn big, too:  [img.fark.net image 850x566]


I wonder who are the suckers that got their sponsorship logo put on the lower rear panel.
 
2017-10-17 11:52:48 PM  
Big deal, I did this in a 1977 Pacer back in 1992.
 
M-G
2017-10-17 11:55:36 PM  

ChiliBoots: M-G: It's pretty damn big, too:  [img.fark.net image 850x566]

I wonder who are the suckers that got their sponsorship logo put on the lower rear panel.


Maybe you had to pay more to not have your logo scorched off.
 
2017-10-18 12:28:17 AM  
Worse yet, he had to contend with desert sand getting sucked into the engines.

How, with a broom?
 
2017-10-18 12:41:05 AM  

Thong_of_Zardoz: Big deal, I did this in a 1977 Pacer back in 1992.


No waaay.
 
2017-10-18 12:45:33 AM  

EvilElecBlanket: Thong_of_Zardoz: Big deal, I did this in a 1977 Pacer back in 1992.

No waaay.


He was prolly going downhill. That doesn't count.
 
2017-10-18 12:54:24 AM  
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2017-10-18 12:55:10 AM  
I'm not having luck with gifs tonight. iPad things
 
2017-10-18 01:03:30 AM  
That was never 20 years ago...

Man I'm getting old.
 
2017-10-18 02:46:02 AM  

doglover: Voiceofreason01: It's pretty generous to call two jet engines mounted to some wheels a "car".

Yeah. I don't count that as a land vehicle. SR-71 blackbirds had wheels, too.


Their latest one looks like a private space shuttle that just had it's wings removed.

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2017-10-18 03:10:45 AM  
Nope
 
Xai [TotalFark]
2017-10-18 03:55:32 AM  

Voiceofreason01: It's pretty generous to call two jet engines mounted to some wheels a "car".


It technically is though, it remained supported by it's wheels the entire time.  I guess you could be right, so you'd better go down to the drag strip next year and tell all those jet powered dragsters that they aren't cars and should be disqualified...
 
2017-10-18 04:35:59 AM  

uttertosh: doglover: Voiceofreason01: It's pretty generous to call two jet engines mounted to some wheels a "car".

Yeah. I don't count that as a land vehicle. SR-71 blackbirds had wheels, too.

Their latest one looks like a private space shuttle that just had it's wings removed.

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Also, I'm all for nixing asterixed records.

The first PERSON to reach a speed should be limited to naked men and women unaided by artifice.

The first jet engineered to survive a MACH1 takeoff abortion is not a real record.
 
2017-10-18 04:37:29 AM  
I might allow women some kind of breast compressing wrap or sports bra, but it should be all muscle power speeding them up
 
2017-10-18 05:22:47 AM  
I think the sound barrier is the speed at which women finally shut up about going too fast.
 
2017-10-18 06:21:50 AM  
All the errors and warnings on deceleration is something I never thought of. Interesting...

Too bad it's from almost 20 years ago, the video compression sucks. Nowadays they'd have like 17 Go? Pros and this would be in 4 way 4K...
 
2017-10-18 06:51:58 AM  
But they did it. On October 15, 1997, the Thrust SSC set a World Land Speed Record of 760.035 mph, and becoming the first and only car to break the sound barrier.

About that.
 
2017-10-18 07:04:08 AM  

doglover: Voiceofreason01: It's pretty generous to call two jet engines mounted to some wheels a "car".

Yeah. I don't count that as a land vehicle. SR-71 blackbirds had wheels, too.


Not to nit pick, but an SR-71 never did Mach 1 on the ground.
 
2017-10-18 07:09:58 AM  

theborg1of4: doglover: Voiceofreason01: It's pretty generous to call two jet engines mounted to some wheels a "car".

Yeah. I don't count that as a land vehicle. SR-71 blackbirds had wheels, too.

Not to nit pick, but an SR-71 never did Mach 1 on the ground.


Because doing Mach 1 on the ground is insane.
 
2017-10-18 08:38:01 AM  

doglover: theborg1of4: doglover: Voiceofreason01: It's pretty generous to call two jet engines mounted to some wheels a "car".

Yeah. I don't count that as a land vehicle. SR-71 blackbirds had wheels, too.

Not to nit pick, but an SR-71 never did Mach 1 on the ground.

Because doing Mach 1 on the ground is insane.


It's also insanely hard to do - don't get me wrong, I'm not a rabid fan of this sort of purpose-built land speed record project, but I do respect the difficulties in doing it. A round even thousand miles per hour presents all kinds of technological challenges and requires a pilot with not only intelligence and expertise but a suspension of the kind of common sense they would normally have baked into them to not try something crazy like this in the first place.
 
2017-10-18 09:04:03 AM  

Xai: so you'd better go down to the drag strip next year and tell all those jet powered dragsters that they aren't cars and should be disqualified...


Jet cars are a novelty. Serious drag cars are not jet powered.
 
2017-10-18 09:07:14 AM  

theborg1of4: It's also insanely hard to do


Indeed. It's an impressive technical feat and stupid dangerous. I'd love to DO it on a simulator. But given the level of effort put into it and the danger required, it's kind of a blah feat.


There's only like three places on the whole planet where that car can travel at speed without slamming instantly into geography. It's a useless machine.

I'm far more impressed with used Toyota camery hitting 100 mph on a turnpike than whatever the hell speed that monster posted up thread would hit on a purpose built desert track while burning whatever unholy amount of jet fuel it requires per second. With the same level of engineering, you could have built a flying jet or a space rocket.
 
2017-10-18 09:49:41 AM  

calufrax: Tchernobog: Sound barrier? Psh. Buddy of mine drove straight through a mountain.

So did a friend of mine. I forgot to tell him that he would need an oscillation overthruster. When I realised as he started rolling, I thought I'd be able to tell him later...


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2017-10-18 12:01:53 PM  
I don't have to wonder, I rode in my buddys GTO in high school.   To hear him tell it that car would break the sound barrier just stoplight to stoplight and could do the Kessel run in only 6 parsecs.   I mean we are talking low 7 second 0-60 kids, serious stuff.
 
zez
2017-10-18 12:24:40 PM  
"At 600mph it pulled to the left"  Must have been what happened here.

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2017-10-18 02:35:22 PM  
Didn't someone recently post a new land speed record on a motorcycle?
 
2017-10-18 02:40:28 PM  
What a great video. I am glad they didn't show a side view (or really any view) of the thing actually doing the thing. I certainly didn't want to see it. Those stills and shots from inside the cockpit are plenty for me, thank you very much.
 
2017-10-18 02:41:08 PM  

Merltech: But they did it. On October 15, 1997, the Thrust SSC set a World Land Speed Record of 760.035 mph, and becoming the first and only car to break the sound barrier.

About that.


Barrett's "Budweiser Rocket" didnt count as it only had 3 wheels, therefore not a car.
Budweiser Rocket
 
2017-10-18 03:35:58 PM  
/CSB
I was invited to a cool event a few years back in Singapore - it was a reception by Bentley with/for Andy Green. Talked with him for a good part of the evening (I threw in some info about his old flying days and the jets he flew - and I was quickly the (seemingly) second coolest person in the room to talk to (clearly, he was #1)

/seemed like a hell of a guy
//bloodhound SSC is cray cray
///they come in three

/end CSB
 
Xai [TotalFark]
2017-10-18 05:54:12 PM  

Voiceofreason01: Xai: so you'd better go down to the drag strip next year and tell all those jet powered dragsters that they aren't cars and should be disqualified...

Jet cars are a novelty. Serious drag cars are not jet powered.


Try telling them it isn't a car.
 
2017-10-18 08:58:04 PM  

doglover: Voiceofreason01: It's pretty generous to call two jet engines mounted to some wheels a "car".

Yeah. I don't count that as a land vehicle. SR-71 blackbirds had wheels, too.


Yes, but they didn't go at top speed or even supersonic on the ground. It's not as easy as it looks and it is fundamentally different from a plane.
 
kab
2017-10-19 08:54:19 AM  
This many posts, and no one has chimed in with sorry about the drivers penis, how awful it is that all that jet fuel was spent, or that the next Tesla will be quicker?

Geek tab is slipping.
 
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