Wheel-driven land speed record
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The wheel-driven land speed record differs from the absolute land speed record in requiring that the vehicle be wheel-driven; thus, vehicles that use thrust from a jet engine or rocket are ineligible (although the use of such engines is permitted if they drive the wheels).
Until 1963, the absolute land speed record holder was always a wheel-driven car. The first jet-car to exceed the absolute record was Craig Breedlove's Spirit of America. Since then, no wheel-driven car has held the absolute record.
There is no "wheel-driven" category as such. The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile validates records in a variety of classes, of which the "wheel-driven" classes are in Category A (Special cars) and Category B (Production cars). The accepted record is fastest average speed recorded over any one-mile or one-kilometer distance, averaged over two runs in opposite directions (to factor out wind) within one hour of each other. The most recent wheel-driven record holders have been from a variety of different classes within Category A.
Since 1963, holders of the wheel-driven land speed record have been:
|July 17, 1964||Lake Eyre, Australia||Donald Campbell||Bluebird CN7||Turboshaft||—||403.10||648.73||FIA's official absolute record-holder until a change in the rules in December 1964 made jetcars eligible.|
|November 12, 1965||Bonneville Salt Flats, USA||Bob Summers||Goldenrod||4 Chrysler Hemi V8 engines||—||409.277||658.526||Non-supercharged piston-engine record Group II, Class 11: 2 or 4 stroke engine without supercharger, cylinder capacity > 8000 cm3|
|August 21, 1991||Bonneville Salt Flats, USA||Elwin "Al" Teague||Spirit of '76 (Torque Speed-o-Motive Streamliner)||IC
supercharged Chrysler hemi
|425.050||684.052||409.978||659.796||Piston-engined record Group I, Class 11: 2 or 4 stroke engine with supercharger, cylinder capacity > 8000 cm3 until 2008|
|October 18, 2001||Bonneville Salt Flats, USA||Don Vesco||Vesco Turbinator||Turboshaft||458.196||737.395||470.444||757.106|| Group IX, Class 3: Turbine engine, unloaded weight > 1000 kg|
|September 26, 2008||Bonneville Salt Flats, USA||Tom Burkland||Burkland 411 Streamliner||IC
|—||415.896||669.319||Piston-engined record Group I, Class 11: 2 or 4 stroke engine with supercharger, cylinder capacity > 8000 cm3|
|August 25, 2009||Bonneville Salt Flats, USA||Roger Schroer||Venturi Buckeye Bullet||Electric motor by Venturi Automobiles||303.025||487.672||302.877||487.433||1st electric vehicle to go over 300 mph|
|August 24, 2010||Bonneville Salt Flats, USA||Roger Schroer||Venturi Buckeye Bullet||Electric motor by Venturi Automobiles||307.905||495.526||307.666||495.140|||
|September 21, 2010||Bonneville Salt Flats, USA||Charles E. Nearburg||Spirit of Rett streamliner||IC
General Motors V8
|414.477||667.037||414.316||666.776||Non-supercharged piston-engine record Group II, Class 11:|
|September 17, 2012||Bonneville Salt Flats, USA||George Poteet||Speed Demon streamliner||IC
turbocharged Chevrolet Small Block 
|439.562||707.408||439.024||706.540||Group I, Class 10|
- Fadini, Ugo (20 August 2002). "Who holds the "wheel-driven" LSR?". Retrieved 2008-11-09.
- Fadini, Ugo (17 August 2002). "Don Vesco becomes undisputed holder of the "wheel-driven" LSR". Retrieved 2008-11-09.
- "from our motoring correspondent" (Dec 12, 1964). "Land Speed Record Agreement". The Times (Issue 56193). p. 7, col E.
- "List of Records Category A" (PDF) (in French). FIA. 2011-01-04. Retrieved 2011-05-09.
- "Appendix B: Category A". Records. FIA. Retrieved 2008-11-09.
- (French)LISTE OFFICIELLE DES RECORDS DE VITESSE HOMOLOGUES PAR LA FIA EN CATEGORIE A - FIA
- "OFFICIAL LIST OF WORLD SPEED RECORDS HOMOLOGATED BY THE FIA IN CATEGORY A" (PDF). FIA World Land Speed Records. Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). Retrieved 2015-09-03.