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Thrust SSC Supersonic Car to receive Engineering Heritage Award

4 February 2019

First supersonic car to set a land speed record higher than the speed of sound will receive recognition

Powered by twin Rolls-Royce Spey turbofan engines, with 50,000 pounds of thrust, the Supersonic car was the first land vehicle to break the sound barrier in October 1997, at the Black Rock Desert in Nevada.

The Trust SSC set the current record by burning around 18 litres of fuel per second in order to reach a speed of 764mph.

This is will be the 124th Engineering Heritage Award to be presented by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

The awards, established in 1984, aim to promote artefacts, sites or landmarks of significant engineering importance – past and present.

Previous winners of Engineering Heritage Awards include Alan Turing’s Bombe at Bletchley Park, the E-Type Jaguar and Concorde.

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