WE’RE VERY HAPPY

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“It doesn’t have two engines for performance reasons,” says Ron Ayers, aerodynamicist for Thrust SSC, at the press conference in Reno. “Two engines will give us a geometry which is much more stable. So two engines for stability, not for performance – although the extra engine does no harm for performance whatsoever. It enables us to get the weight well forward and the front wheels wide apart, so that means the weight is between widely spaced front wheels, stabilizing roll, pitch and yaw simultaneously.” A-n-d he concluded, “We’re very happy with a 15 mph crosswind.”

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