What is it about speed that fascinates us? Since the first steam-powered cars in the late 1900s, people have been obsessed with how fast cars can travel. The faster the better, apparently. Over the years, several innovative cars have broken land speed records that had been considered impossible to break, and changed the automotive industry in the process. Each time a new land speed record is reached, it sends automotive engineers around the world running to their laboratories to begin examining new ways of configuring car engines and making the vehicles we drive faster. Here are the 10 most significant land speed records that helped to chart the course of automotive history as we know it.