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The Bloodhound LSR has just finished high speed testing in the Kalahari Desert.  It had a target of 550mph on Nov 15th, and reached 562mph / 904km/hr, and then had a target speed of 600mph on the 16th - reaching 628mph / 1010 km/hr  All HST objectives were achieved.  Now it's back to Blighty to review the data before making a targeted land speed record attempt of 1000+ mph, which will be well worth watching.  The driver is Andy Green, who holds the current record of 763.065mph, set over 20 years ago.

 

This is the 562mph run.  It's quite amazing how stable the car is at that speed.

 

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As well layed out by B P already Paton who are better known for their Parallel twins ( es'pesh at the TT ) also had a dabble with the 500 GP class in't 90's with a 70° V4 stroker .. which was brave considering they were up against the factory teams from Japan .. 

Reckoned to put out 190hp which was about the class standard of the day but not very reliable .. rumour has it they co-developed with Cagiva who also ran a 500cc stroker about that time .. 

Sadly though GP racing being the expensive class that it is they slipped beneath the waves early 2000's due to lack of funds .. 

 

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Ack Attack .. fastest motorcycle in de' world at 394 mph ..

2 turbocharged Suzy Hayabusa lumps heavily modified and running 2.5 bar boost pressure ( that's a lot ) thru' dry ice packed intercoolers to give a combined output of upto 900 hp .. check out the truck sized turbocharger behind the 2nd engine in middle pic' .. the heat build up within that bodywork must be tremendous .. By all accounts this has had some spectacular off's and been rebuilt a number of times and is due to have a crack at topping 400 mph on a Bolivian desert sometime soon .. 

 

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When it comes to land speed records, things don't always go to plan.  Valerie Thompson crashed her 3 Litre V4 powered BUB 7 Streamliner at 343mph in Australia last year when trying to beat the record set by the Ack Attack above...

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... leaving a mile long red skid mark on the salt as a reminder of her visit:

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