In the Henry Ford museum I noticed this strange looking vehicle that was about a foot and a half tall and about 15 feet long. I wondered what this golden machine was doing in the museum. I read the description next to the car to learn that this car, known as the, “Goldenrod” held the land speed record from 1965-1991. This got me wondering what the land speed record is today.
In 1991 the “Spirit of ’76” just barely edged out the “Goldenrod” with a blazing speed of 409.99 mph. The Goldenrod previously held the record at 409.28mph. That record was broken in 2008 by the “411 Streamliner” with a speed of 415.9mph. However that car was supercharged, therefore putting it in a different class.
However, the fastest land speed ever achieved (in a different class) was accomplished in 1997 with a speed of 763mph. Andy Green with his Bloodhound SSC will look to break this record with a goal of reaching at least 1,000 mph. The UK designed car will be tested in South Africa within the next two years. Other than his goal of breaking the land speed record, Andy Green hopes to influence children to look for jobs that entail science and engineering.