Funding Canceled Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on August 29, 2013.
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The world's fastest piston powered car.

We would like to thank all of you for your support. Our project continues, and more information can be found here: www.thompsonlsr.com

One of the Challenger II's new 2000hp engines.
One of the Challenger II's new 2000hp engines.

Streamliner Facts:

  • The skin of the car is made-up entirely of 68 hand formed aluminum panels. They are connected to the subframe via simple Dzus buttons.
  • The streamliner has two engines, one on either side of the cockpit. The original 1960s setup delivered nearly 1800hp. Our new engines provide close to 4000hp.
  • The engines are dry blocks (waterless), which means all of the cooling is provided by the fuel. A single run will consume approximately 50 gallons of nitro blend fuel.
  • The car ends its runs nearly 500 pounds lighter due to fuel consumption.
  • The tires are a prototype nylon weave backed with banded steel. There is only 1/32 of an inch of rubber. Any more would spin off due to heat and expansion. They are custom made by Mickey Thompson Tires.
  • Primary stopping power is provided by dual parachutes that deploy four foot blossoms. We also have four carbon fiber disk brakes just in case.

The Challenger II with the canopy open.
The Challenger II with the canopy open.

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Claiming the piston driven world land speed record will be incredibly difficult. Since 1947, only 11 individuals have managed to go over 400mph in a piston driven car. We're aiming for at least 450mph.

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    Welcome to the team! Your name will be added to the partner section of our website, and you'll get to brainstorm and vote on the designation and paint scheme of the streamliner. Your ideas will be implemented by the incredible automotive designer Chip Foose.

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    We'll send you a custom sticker pack with a mix of hard to find vintage Mickey Thompson decals and a special Kickstarter only limited edition decal. You'll also get all of the previous rewards, including input on Chip Foose's paint design.

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    You'll get a limited edition THOMPSONLSR t-shirt designed and printed specifically for our Kickstarter Backers. You'll also get the sticker pack and all of the previous rewards, including input on Chip Foose's paint design.

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    Welcome to the crew. We'll send you the same crew only t-shirt that our team members will wear on the salt at Bonneville during our record runs. You'll also get the sticker pack and all of the previous rewards, including input on Chip Foose's paint design.

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    Awesome. You're getting the whole shebang: An invitation to the streamliner launch party at our Huntington Beach shop, a signed paperback copy of the reprinted M/T biography, the crew t-shirt, the special edition Kickstarter t-shirt, and the sticker pack. You'll also get all of the previous rewards, including input on Chip Foose's paint design.

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    Thanks so much. Your name will be added to a large plaque that travels everywhere with the car, you'll receive a personal thank you letter signed by the team, and you'll receive all the previous rewards, including an invitation to the launch party, the t-shirts, the book, the stickers, and input on Chip Foose's paint design.

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    Incredible. We're sending you a framed print signed by Danny, the team, and the artist. You're coming to our party, getting a signed copy of the biography, all of the shirts, stickers, and other rewards including input on Chip Foose's paint design and a few special items just for you.

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    Wow. Your name or company logo is going on both sides of the car next to Mickey Thompson. You're an honorary member of our crew, and are welcome to join us at Bonneville during our runs. You're getting every single thing listed above, as well as a bunch of bonus material just for you. Thanks for believing in the dream.

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