Not that I’m gonna trade in my trusty old pickup anytime soon, but it’s nice to know there are interesting alternatives. The Bloodhound SuperSonic Car, or SSC — it’s the one on the left above, in case you were wondering — is designed to do better than 1,000 mph (faster than a speeding bullet: specifically, a .357 that plods along at 971 mph). Its jet engine will take it up to 350 mph, and then its hybrid rocket engine will ignite to crank it up to 1,000 mph or more. Cost estimate is $15M.
On the other hand, both speed and money wise, there’s the Wheego Whip, which kinda looks like a Smart Car, but — IMHO — has a much better name. For $19,000 — ouch! but at least the payments will be lower than on $15M — you’ll get an all-electric, street-legal LSV (Low Speed Vehicle) that can be charged from a standard household electrical outlet and go 35-40 miles on a single charge (the 2010 model is expected to increase the range to 100 miles).