The Technology of the Land Speed Record

21 April 2016

Vincent Auditorium


An LSR car must have at least four wheels, and the contender must pilot it twice through a measure mile or kilometre, in opposing directions, within one hour. That’s it.

The Moon is 24,000 miles from Earth, yet 24 men have been up there, and 12 of them walked on its surface. The North and South Poles have been visited regularly for more than a century. But Andy Green is the only man who has ever driven at supersonic speed on land, reaching 763.035 mph - Mach 1.0175 - in Richard Noble’s ThrustSSC on October 15 1997.

Now they are taking aim at 1000 mph, or Mach 1.3, and the effort will demand even more science than a ‘Moonshot.’

Far from being a throwback, as critics suggest, the Land Speed Record is more valid than ever, the ideal vehicle through which to create an iconic project and to embark on an engineering adventure in which the only limit is the designers’ imagination and talent.

During this lecture, David Tremayne traces how the technology has changed as speeds have risen, and why applied science had to replace the old heroic ‘hot rod’ mentality.

The event is brought to you in association with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) AD East and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) Cranfield Branch

The lecture is proceeded by the Cranfield Branch AGM in the Stollery Room Building 83, Cranfield Campus at 16.30.

Speaker Details

David Tremayne


Vincent Auditorium