ThrustSSC, also spelt Thrust SSC (SuperSonic
Supersonic speed is a rate of travel of an object that exceeds the speed of sound . For objects traveling in dry air of a temperature of 20 °C this speed is approximately 343 m/s, 1,125 ft/s, 768 mph or 1,235 km/h. Speeds greater than five times the speed of sound are often...

 Car) by secondary sources, is a British
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 jet-propelled car developed by Richard Noble
Richard Noble
Richard Noble, OBE was the holder of the land speed record between 1983 and 1997, and was the project director of ThrustSSC, the vehicle which holds the current land speed record, set at Black Rock Desert, Nevada in 1997....

, Glynne Bowsher, Ron Ayers
Ron Ayers
Ron Ayers is an engineer who was responsible for the aerodynamics of the land speed record-holding vehicle, ThrustSSC.Born in London, England in 1932, Ayers obtained a BSc in aeronautical engineering from the University of London and an MSc in aerodynamics from Cranfield University before starting...

 and Jeremy Bliss.

ThrustSSC holds the World Land Speed Record
Land speed record
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, set on 15 October 1997, when it achieved a speed of 1228 km/h (763 mph) and became the first car to officially break the sound barrier
Sound barrier
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The car was driven by Royal Air Force
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 fighter pilot Wing Commander
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 Andy Green
Andy Green
Wing Commander Andy D. Green OBE BA RAF is a British Royal Air Force pilot and World Land Speed Record holder.-RAF career:...

 in the Black Rock Desert
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 in Nevada
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, United States
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