Powered by three jet engines and hitting speeds approaching 400mph, this is one lorry you won’t get stuck behind. Meet Shockwave (no, not the one from Transformers), the world’s fastest jet powered truck.
[Image Source: Barcroft TV]
Weighing in at four-tonnes, this Peterbilt Semi generates a staggering 36,000 horsepower and can cover a quarter mile in just 6.5 secs.
Driver and owner Neal Darnell, 64, said: “It’s an awesome experience, you won’t believe it until you see it.”
Shockwave, which could outrun a Japanese bullet train, holds the world record for fastest jet-powered full-size truck, at 376mph. It holds 190 gallons of fuel and burns 180 gallons per performance.
It has three Pratt & Whitney J34-48 jets, which were taken from U.S. Navy trainer jets called the T-2 Buckeye – a non-afterburner jet with one engine. Each jet-engine produces 12,000 horsepower in afterburner .
Mr Darnell’s son Chris, 31, who also drives Shockwave and took his first ride aged just seven, said: “The added afterburners double the horsepower and thrust, so Shockwave literally has six times the power of the jet aeroplane these engines came in.
“On acceleration, the driver experiences about 6G. We then stop this beast using two 16in ring slot military parachutes, which produce an impact of up to negative 9G. It is some ride.”
Shockwave, first built by Les Shockley in 1984, is now in its 30th year. The father and son, who bought and rebuilt the iconic vehicle in 2012, will be celebrating by tearing up the tarmac at special performances across the U.S. and Canada.