Richard Noble and his team have held the World Land Speed Record since 4 October 1983, an astonishing period of almost 30 years. This adventure began with Richard driving Thrust 2 and achieving 633 mph (1,019 kph). His team then built Thrust SSC with driver Andy Green becoming the first and only human ever to drive a car at supersonic speeds. They smashed through the sound barrier at Mach 1 and hit 763 mph (1,228 kph) in 1997, exactly 50 years after Chuck Yeager became the first person to fly supersonic in 1947.
Richard, Andy and the team are busy trying to extend their lead and really push new boundaries: Bloodhound SSC is targeting an incredible 1,000 mph (1,609 kph). The engines used by all the Richard Noble cars have been powered by Rolls Royce turbojets, the same engine maker behind Concorde. Bloodhound is also being built in Bristol, home of all the British-built Concordes.