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Biffa Award Land Speed Record Exhibition

The possibility of driving the fastest car on earth has gripped the imaginations of many men and women since the first land speed record was set in 1898. Back then, the top speed achieved was just under 40 miles per hour (mph). Today, it stands at over 760mph – faster than the speed of sound.

Richard Noble is the driving force behind the last two land speed records. In 1983, his car Thrust2 reached a top speed of 633.468mph, beating the existing record by 11mph and making Richard the fastest man on earth. For his next record attempt, he had the idea of building a supersonic car, and the concept of ThrustSSC was born. Richard decided that he wanted to manage the project, but not drive the car, so he held a competition to find a new driver which Wing Commander Andy D Green won. On the 15th October 1997, ThrustSSC set a new land speed record and broke the sound barrier with a speed of 763mph.

In the Biffa Award Land Speed Record Exhibition at Coventry Transport Museum, you can come face to face with both ThrustSSC and Thrust2. 

Don't miss out on the latest from the Coventry Transport Museum

Home of Record Breakers

Coventry Transport Museum is home to the world's two fastest cars.

Marvel at these spectacular feats of British engineering.

Get up close to the two fastest cars in the world, Thrust SSC and Thrust 2.



Bring the curriculum to life!

Coventry Transport Museum's interactive exhibitions make the perfect venue for school visits in Coventry.

We offer a wide range of sessions for school groups, all 'Learning Outside The Classroom' quality assured. 


Family Fun

We thoroughly believe there is no such thing as being too old for play! 

Get involved in our ever-growing Family Programme around Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

We also have free to loan family activities which are available at the Box Office.