SUPERSONIC SPIRIT OF AMERICA
Spirit of America against a desert background, where it belongs. Now of course the Fossett LSR. To our mind, one of the most inspired (beautiful) of designs for a jet-thrust propelled car.
Britain's Andy Green still holds the (current) land speed record of 763 mph set in October of 1997. Craig Breedlove plans to reclaim the record soon with a run of 800 miles per hour, that would far exceed the minimum 771 mph run needed to break Green's existing mark.
In 1992 Craig launched construction on his third-generation Spirit of America car. The new land speed record challenger is powered by a J79 General Electric jet engine from a navy F-4 Phantom fighter aircraft. Modified by the Spirit of America World Speed Record Team, the engine now runs on cleaner-burning unleaded gasoline, Formula Shell, (same as used in passenger cars) offering quicker and better ignition for the jet engine's ultra powerful afterburner.
tests have revealed the power being produced is 22,650 pounds of thrust,
equivalent to over 45,000 horsepower and run on Shell premium pump gas.
The car sports Centerline wheels,
3/4 inch solid carbon glass tires, and had support from AutoZone,
Actor/racer Craig T. Nelson attended the unveiling at Bonneville and has lent his name to the effort, although the car is more likely to run at the Black Rock Desert. In fact he has bought the movie rights to the Craig Breedlove story. We don't know if the 6'5" Coach will play the 5'7" Breedlove!
Craig Breedlove and his baby - justifiably proud and great style. No wonder Steve Fossett bought her.
The racer has two rear wheels behind an outboard J79 GE jet motor and driver placement square on/in the pointed nose. Spirit of America 3 will carry 118 gallons of fuel, 2.4 gals of oil and weighs 9000 pounds.
The Black Rock Desert is a prehistoric dry alkali lake bed that lies like a 400-square-mile Formica countertop about two hours' drive north of Reno, Nevada. If you love desert, it's the most beautiful place on Earth. If you don't, it's pure hell, a place where the sun hammers down as if the desert floor were the anvil of God.
Many readers (old west) know it as the place where the California and Oregon trails diverge. Film noir buffs know it as the place where Spencer Tracy decked Ernest Borgnine in "Bad Day at Black Rock." More recently, Black Rock has become famous as home to the annual arty super-party known as Burning Man. It also claims a subtler fame: It's the place where men have traveled the fastest across the surface of the Earth.
Formula Shell - billboard advertising
For the past few years, Black Rock had been Craig Breedlove's home away from home. A dream brings Breedlove to Black Rock: to return the world land speed record from Britain to the United States and to be the first American to drive through the sound barrier to 800 mph.
It's not a new project for Breedlove. He set his last speed record of 600.6 mph at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, 34 years ago. Now, at age 62 and with a newly modified and rebuilt Spirit of America, he's fixing to head out to Black Rock and claim the title once again. The number to beat: 771 miles per hour.
James Ibusuki’s cutaway rendering allows the reader to better visualize how Craig Breedlove’s latest Spirit of America is packaged. This Spirit features a 330-inch wheelbase. Check out the latest British rocket/jet car project: Bloodhound, with Richard Noble at the helm. Rivals on the track maybe, but they share a common goal and are thus good friends in reality.
We love this artwork in the Jack Vettriano style made famous by his Blue Bird painting(s)
TMC's On Line Gallery:
SPIRIT OF AMERICA MODEL
You can now buy this 1/43 scale die cast. 12.5" long featuring removable body panel and fully detailed J-79 jet turbine engine and tube frame. Moving wheels, fully pad printed. Presented on handsome base with SOA insignia.
Jurassic car park, for a Velociraptor of a vehicle
Fossett was in the final stages of preparing for an assault on the World
Land Speed Record when he
disappeared in 2007, his crashed aircraft to be found a year later.
Steve had bought Craig’s ‘Sonic Arrow’ car, which ran against Thrust SSC in
1997. The adventurer had the car rebuilt to improve both its speed and safety. The car is up for sale (and there are rumours of a buyer) so we
may see the car run again soon.
Looking more like a space ship than a car, the Fossett LSR car awaits the green flag
FOSSETT LSR SPACESHIP IS UP FOR SALE 2010
Before his death in 2007, adventurer Steve Fossett was readying an attempt to break the land speed record of 763 mph, using a vehicle from famed designer Craig Breedlove. Mothballed for two years, it's now up for sale.
Craig is awarded a trophy sporting the Shelby special, in recognition of his achievements
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