Last week, Scarf And Goggles published a very nice video on the Mercedes’ Blackbird. It has a different perspective than B Sport’s video (I showed it on April 3rd), and with different footage. So if you have an interest in LSR cars and/or the Silver Arrows, be sure to watch this one too.
By the way, Scarf And Goggles has some VERY interesting on vintage LSR cars.
A couple of days ago, totally by accident, I stumbled upon this video. Well, it was in my YouTube suggested videos, however under the “Classic cars” label. Since it wasn’t on the front page, I almost missed it. Fortunately, that night I clicked on the “Classic cars” tab and to my surprise I saw a new video on the T80. Since the car never actually raced (when WWII started Mercedes had to halt the project) there’s not much information about it. Info is scarce and footage is even rarer. Even so, B Sport managed to unearth a lot of details and even some images that I’ve never had seen before. With that, if you have an interest in vintage LSR cars or motorsports engineering, this is a very interesting video.
Last month DW released a most excellent documentary on Bernd Rosemeyer’s last LSR attempt. The 42-minutes video shows photos and footage that I hadn’t seen before. Moreover, it also brings some info on other LSR attempts and even (to my delight!) a little bit on the T80.
On September 15, 1938, John Cobb took his Railton Special up to 568.58 km/h, a new world land speed record. The car was a technological marvel, with many ingenious solutions that made it basically a rocket without wings. The Railton Special was the first ever car to breach the 560 km/h (350 mph) barrier. On August 23rd, 1939, Cobb drove the car again to a new record, 594.97 km/h. After the war Cobb tried once again, this time with Mobile Oil sponsorship. On September 16th, 1947, the Railton-Mobile Special averaged 634.39 km/h. That record lasted 25 years.
LSR cars are something I always liked, and most of the famous ones are available in 1:43. However they’re really big (= take up a LOT of shelf space) and invariably quite expensive. Therefor, my admiration for them will unfortunately be limited to just knowing their stories 😏.
The Bloodhound LSR is undergoing test runs at the Hakskeenpan desert track in South Africa. Yesterday it reached 537 km/h for the first time – it went from from 80 km/h to 480 km/h in 13 seconds! The testing has to be done incrementally, so it will take a while for the Bloodhound to get to it’s top speed. And since the current LSR is at 760 km/h, it still has a way to go before it becomes the new King of Speed.
If you want to read more, head to the Bloodhound LSR page. They’re always updating with news of the project.
On September 15th, the Turbinator II achieved 777 km/h at the Bonneville Salt Flats, in Utah, USA. Though the car is wheel-driven, its powered by a Lycoming 255, a turbojet engine. Originally used in the Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter, it produces 4360 hp that are directly transmitted to Turbinator’s four wheels.
Below you can see the record run through four different cameras: