What’s the Fastest Car in the World?

Zach Ross, Student Journalist

The fastest car in the world is the Thrust SSC. The Thrust SSC, (or just the Thrust), can drive at a total of 765 miles per hour. That’s like… a lot of miles! At its max speed, it could get from San Francisco to New York City in less than four hours. The Thrust is a supercar that uses 2 turbojet thrusters to propel itself forward and uses at least 50 gallons of jet engine fuel a minute.

The Thrust has a total of 102,000 horsepower and weighs at least 10 tons, almost the weight of an elephant! This car is a real car and can be purchased, but only if you are willing to spend $313,000. It would also cost an insane amount to fuel this car, and jet engine fuel isn’t exactly easy to buy. This vehicle was made by Richard Noble, Glynne Bowsher, Ron Ayers, and Jeremy Bliss. This car is the only car that can go faster than the SSC Tuatara, which can go 330 MPH and is an actual legal street car. The Thrust is not a legal street car because you’d end up accidentally running over 600 people. 

A little bit about the makers of the Thrust SSC: Richard Noble, Glynne Bowsher, and Jeremy Bliss. Richard Noble is a Scottish entrepreneur and holds the record for the fastest land speed, which he earned in 1983 and 1987.  Glynne Bowsher has previously designed steam-powered cars. Ron Ayers is a motorsport mechanic and has his own repair shop called Ron Ayers Motorsport. Jeremy Bliss is actually a film director and also helped design the car.