Team Vesco’s Turbinator II car has become the first wheel-driven vehicle to reach 503mph .
The car was so fast (even faster than many aircraft could fly) that it finally came to a complete stop after over 2 minutes and a distance of 7.8 miles with the help of twin parachutes .
But this 503mph run doesn’t count as a new record (so it is unofficial ) because it was only recorded in one direction. Wet weather condition prevented the run in the opposite direction .
The Turbinator II still holds the world’s fastest wheel-driven vehicle record of 482.646 mph set at an earlier run in September 2018.
The over 5000 horsepower 36-foot long car was powered by a Chinook helicopter engine .
The wheel driven car differs from famous land speed record vehicle Bloodhound SSC as it wheel-driven while the “non-driven wheels” Bloodhound SSC,that combines technology from motorsport, space travel and a fighter jet , is powered by a jet engine and a rocket engine.
The goal for the £30 million Bloodhound SSC ,with the power of 360 family cars , is to match or exceed 1,000 miles per hour or Mach 1.3 (speed of sound is Mach 1). Watch it go from zero to 200 mph in 8 seconds during its first public trial here.
The 2 Rolls-Royce jet engine-powered ThrustSSC’s (the first land vehicle or car to officially break the sound barrier) still holds the land speed record of 763 mph set on 15 October 1997.