CASTROL & WORLD LAND SPEED RECORDS

Castrol has always been synonymous with pioneering achievements, passion and performance, and has been integral to some of the greatest performances on Earth.  The company has supported the spectacular feats of early pioneers and record breakers on land, water and in the air. 

Castrol has a notable heritage in World Land Speed Records; the original, purest and fastest form of automotive competition. The World Land Speed Record has been broken 21 times with Castrol as a partner, from Sir Malcolm Campbell’s first record attempt in 1924 (146mph / 235kmh) to a 30-year history of supporting Richard Noble’s Thrust campaigns.

Noble has dedicated more than 40 years of his life to breaking boundaries, and Castrol has supported his pioneering spirit all the way. He first successfully raised the World Land Speed Record to 633mph (1,019kmh) as driver and project manager of Thrust 2.  He then began working on Thrust SSC, leading the project from the onset, but stepping aside from driving the supersonic car to hand the steering over to RAF Fighter Pilot Andy Green. Together the pairing, and the rest of their team, broke 763mph (1,228kmh) in 1997.  

This record still stands today. However, now they and Castrol have reunited in an attempt to break the record yet again with their latest car, the BLOODHOUND SSC,at the Hakskeen Pan in South Africa.

With the BLOODHOUND SSC designed to reach a top speed of 1,050mph (1,689.81kmh), the team will also be targeting the 1,000mph record in 2016.