There’s something quite spectacular about things that weren’t meant to go fast…that actually go very, very fast. This is Shockwave. It breathes fire, it’s large, and it holds the title as the world’s fastest jet-powered truck.
Originally built by Les Shockley in 1984, this souped-up Peterbilt Semi sports not one but three Pratt & Whitney J34-48 jet engines, the same type used in the US Navy’s T2 Buckeye training aircraft. Arranged in a triangular formation at the rear of the truck, each jet puts out a staggering 12,000-horsepower for a total output of 36,000hp and 19,000 pounds of static thrust.
So how fast does it go? Guinness World Records clocked Shockwave at a screaming 376mph. Even more shocking, it’ll cover a standing quarter mile in just six and a half seconds. Not too shabby considering the truck weighs about 7,000 pounds.
Stopping power comes from massive all-wheel disc brakes and a pair of military-grade parachutes that produce an impact of negative 9G when deployed. Admittedly, fuel consumption isn’t exactly light. Shockwave burns through 180 gallons of diesel fuel per performance.
Current owner and driver Neal Darnell, of Darnell Racing Enterprises, bought Shockwave in 2012 and comprehensively rebuilt and updated the rig in 2012. Now, Darnell and his son Chris have it back on the road, tearing up drag strips and air shows across North America for its 30th year of performance.
Source: Daily Mail