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October 4, 1983 – Thrust 2 sets new land speed record

If you found yourself in The Black Rock Desert in Nevada on this day in 1983 you would not find yourself at Burning Man but you would have witnessed the current land speed record be broken by the British built Thrust 2. The jet propelled car was designed by John Ackroyd and driven by Richard Noble. The vehicle hit a top speed of 650.88 mph but held the record at 633.468 mph, as that was the average of its two runs that were held within one hour. The vehicle is powered by a single Rolls-Royce Avon jet engine from an English Electric Lightning fighter plane from the Cold War era. The land speed record set by Thrust 2 was not beat until Richard Noble went for his own record in his follow up car, the ThrustSSC, in 1997. He beat his old record, setting a new one with a top speed of 1,228 kmph. Today both cars reside at the Coventry Transport Museum in Coventry, England.  Pics:Thrust 2, public domainThrust SSC By Cmglee – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

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