I think it's quite simple. This is not like landing on the moon, an asteroid or Mars. It is almost a self-indulgence.
There is no obvious benefit to travelling at the speed of sound on land, it's unnecessary.
There has been no government funding, it's all been private sponsorship or equipment donation/loan.
Although it's a fascinating engineering project I got bored very early on.
Am I disappointed? Yes.
Am I surprised? No.
My daughter was fascinated when she went to the roadshow they did; and it's interesting from an engineering point of view, but...
Somehow, it doesn't feel like a land speed record when you're basically strapping a jet engine or rocket onto a rolling chassis. In my head I feel a land speed record should have driven wheels.
And I think the last two posts have captured most people's thoughts on the project most succinctly.
Basically the 1000mph figure was plucked out of thin air as a target. As pointed out in Motorsport, only the US, Britain and a handful of commonwealth countries still use Miles as a figure so for the bulk of the world that figure means nothing.
If or when the 1000mph barrier is achieved then that is the end of land speed record attempts, even at 1000mph it is debatable whether or not the car is a plane in ground effect and the computers just manage to keep the wheels touching the ground, then if that is the case does it need a driver, or is he there to comply with the rules?
Greenlantern101 yes, but Thrust SSC is old technology,with todays latest tech the car would be corrected long before a tail slide could develop, just think about the Typhoon fighter jet, that is so unstable it can't be flown by a pilot without micro processor stabilisation.