Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Question # 262

The Vampire is a turbojet-propelled car that currently holds the outright British land speed record of 300.3 mph (483.3 km/h).

Vampire was 30 feet (9.1 m) long and consumed from 7 to 10 UK gallons of fuel per mile. Powered by a Rolls-Royce Orpheus turbojet engine, it could accelerate from standstill to 272 mph (438 km/h) in six seconds, a personal best set at Santa Pod Raceway.

Vampire was originally constructed by Allan 'Bootsie' Herridge as one of a pair of identical match race jet dragsters in 1981.

What's the significance of this car?


  1. the first car to break mach

  2. VAMPIRE was used for the TV Show 'Top Gear', in 2006, when it crashed horribly and severely injured the driver Richard Hammond; who however attained the highest British Land Speed of 314 mph,before the crash! The badly damaged 'Vampire' went up for sale on eBay, as scrap, without any warranty or guarantee, the next year.

  3. Nice answer by Chandramohan. It's the car that almost killed the Hamster.