In October 1964 the American driver Craig Breedlove set his third land speed record in Spirit of America, becoming the first driver to go over 500 mph by achieving an average speed of 526 mph. Read about the records, the car and the driver.
5 – the number of speed records that Craig Breedlove set during his land speed career, 3 of them in this car.
15 October 1964 – the date that Craig Breedlove set the third speed record of his career, and his last in the original Spirit of America car (he would go on to take 2 more records in a new land speed car, Sonic 1).
526.277 mph – Breedlove’s final Land Speed Record in Spirit of America, before progressing on to Spirit of America Sonic 1.
468.719 mph – Breedlove’s previous speed record, set just 2 days before.
4,400 lbf – the amount of thrust generated by the General Electric J47 turbojet engine, measured in pound-force, a standardised value for acceleration (20 kN – kilonewtons).
$250,000 – the budget to build Spirit Of America (compared to just $78,000 to build competitor Wingfoot Express, or the $2,000,000 cost of Bluebird CN7).