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Thrust SSC (Supersonic car)

The current world land speed record is held by the Thrust SSC (supersonic car) and was set when it reached 1,228 km/h (763 mph) (Mach 1.020).  The record was achieved on 15 October 1997 in Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA (East of Salt Lake City) with driver Andy Green at the controls.

Thrust SSC was powered by two Rolls-Royce Spey jet engines which were also used to power a number of military aircraft including the UK’s F4 Phantom, Nimrod, Buccaneer and the Chinese Xian JH-7.

Systems engineering and modular design skills can be used to create a simple design of this amazing vehicle.  Try the following:

  • Chassis (structural system);
  • Two gas turbine engines (propulsion);
  • Wheels (propulsion);
  • Steering wheel (control);
  • Throttle/ accelerator (control);
  • Brakes (control).

The vehicle was created by a private venture initiative and designed by a team of engineers led by Richard Noble, Glynne Bowsher, Ron Ayers, and Jeremy Bliss.

System Diagram

Here’s an example system diagram – your output from the Product Designer tool should look similar to this!


The current world land speed record held by Thrust SSC is 1,228 km/h (763 mph) and was set in 1997