The world land speed record

The World Land Speed Record of 1,228 km/h (763 mph) was set by the team Thrust SSC of Richard Noble, driver Andy Green, on 15th October 1997 at Black Rock Desert, Nevada (USA) and became the first land vehicle to officially break the sound barrier. Thrust SSC has the power of 1000 Ford Escorts, or 145 Formula One cars, it weighs 10 tonnes, and performance estimates it will accelerate from standstill to 161 km/h (100mph) in four seconds.

The world fastest sailboat

The World Fastest Sailboat, the Vestas Sailrocket 2 exceeded 65,45 knots/500 m (120 km/h or 75 mph) on November 24, 2012 in Walvis Bay, Namibia held by Paul Larsen. The 40-foot, British-built craft weighs just over 600 pounds but skims along the water on hydrofoils. It was built from carbon fiber with a core of Nomex Honeycomb, a composite material and titanium.

The speed record for a helicopter

The Eurocopter X3 has opened the frontiers of aviation by  setting an unofficial speed record for a helicopter of 472.26 km/h (293.29 mph) in level flight on June 7, 2013. Eurocopter achieved the historic 255-knot speed milestone with the X3 flying at an altitude of around 10,000 feet during a 40 minute test flight.

The fastest speed of a manned vehicle

During the return from the moon on May 26, 1969, the Apollo 10 crew achieved the fastest speed of a manned vehicle by traveling at 24,790 mph (39,896 km/h) relative to earth. The crew members were Thomas Stafford, John W. Young and Eugene Cernan, and it was the first space mission to include an all veteran crew.