How does 378mph sound? A new display going into the Ford Discovery Centre tomorrow can boast this.. and it did it in 1974!
"Project 500" is a jet powered land speed record car built in the early 70's. Powered by a Rolls Royce Derwent jet engine with custom designed afterburner. Braking is assisted by two specially designed slotted parachutes fitted to ejection tubes at the rear of the fuselage.
Build cost in 1972 was estimated to be $150 000. Engine has 2750lbs of thrust and 4125lbs of thrust when the afterburner was engaged. Although tested for a recorded 378mph, Project 500 was wind tunnel tested at 500mph plus during the design phase of the project.
Wow! It's going to be a difficult one to manouvre into position in the Centre but definately worth the effort. For those wishing to come and drool it will be on display at the Centre until the end of January 2005.
sounds interesting... especially the GT40 .. do we get test drives ??
I will bet Steve Bracks and Mr Scruby and co will want it banned in case it incites people to win up their Excel to 379 miles per hour !
Ha ha LTDHO.. that was the comment thrown around when it came in! I did challenge the Centre Director to a race and told him he could have the jet car and me the Ford GT.. with no steering he'd be in the carpark while I was just dust in the distance.
As for my above comments, I was right the first time, the car we have WAS at the SMS. We're just cleaning our grubby fingerprints off it
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