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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Its All About Speed

The year was 1899, and the electric car pictured was the first to break the 100 KPH record (62 MPH). La Jamais Contente (translated: Never Satisfied) was the first car that started the race for speed.

And when the century turned, new accomplishments came forward the Model T, the car for the masses topped out at a respectable 45 mph, leaving the horse and buggy era in the dust.

Then, on Monday, October 13th 1997, Andy Green and the ThrustSSC slammed dunked the world land speed record with two runs, at 764.168 miles per hour (Mach 1.007) and 760.135 miles per hour (Mach 1.003). An accomplishment that went unparalled since the 100 KPH record was broken nearly a hundred years before. And we are "Never Satisfied."

What is coming next is a comfortable ride on rails, at the new respectable speed of 500 KPH (312 MPH). Well, this time has already arrived, in Japan a maglev train in tests runs will be making this speed passe. If you have broadband you can experience the awesome speed that this train achieves. And perhaps, you will also be amazed at the comfort passengers enjoy, as the landscape flies by. Here is the video link.


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