The FIA Land Speed Records are the fastest recognised, official speeds achieved by any wheeled vehicles on land - not including motorcycles, whose records are maintained by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM).
The record attempts are standardised over a fixed length course and averaged over two runs in opposite directions.
FIA LAND SPEED RECORD PROCESS
This flowchart lists the various steps in the process of setting a record: from the application for the record attempt to its publication.
The following checklist has been established in order to assist competitors in preparing for record attempts in compliance with Chapter VII and Appendix D to the FIA’s International Sporting Code.
Please note that the checklist is NOT a substitute for those regulations and in case of conflict between the two, the regulations take precedence.
There are many World Records for different categories but the most famous is the Outright World Land Speed Record - this is the outright fastest speed achieved by a land vehicle.
OUTRIGHT WORLD LAND SPEED RECORD
The current holder of the Outright World Land Speed Record is ThrustSSC, a twin turbofan jet-powered car which achieved 763.035 mph - 1227.985 km/h - over one mile in October 1997. This was the first supersonic record as it broke the sound barrier at Mach 1.016.
Other famous holders of the Outright World Land Speed Record include:
• Thrust II driven by Richard Noble
- achieved a best speed of 633.468mph / 1019.47km/h in 1983
• The Blue Flame driven by Gary Gabelich
- first to exceed 1000 km/h - 630.388 mph / 1014.496 km/h in 1970
• Spirit of America driven by Craig Breedlove
- achieved a best speed of 600.601mph / 966.574km/h in 1965
• Blue Bird driven by Malcolm Campbell
- achieved a best speed of 301.129mph / 484.620km/h in 1935
• Golden Arrow driven by Henry Segrave
- achieved a best speed of 231.36mph / 327.34km/h in 1929
Records up to 1935 were predominately set on beaches before the Bonneville Salt Flats in the USA became the preferred venue for attempts and was home of nearly all Outright World Land Speed Records set between 1935 and 1970. The current Outright World Land Speed Record was set at Black Rock Desert, USA.