Jet Engine Powered Trucks Easily Clock Over 350 MPH

Built by father-son duo, these mean machines routinely perform across the US.
Ameya Paleja
This fire-breathing truck has clocked 350 mph many timesShock Wave Jet truck

If you are a fan of adrenaline-pumping, high-octane racing, then you are going to love this. Powered by jet engines, these trucks routinely cross 350 mph (563 km/h) and can even beat planes after giving them a headstart. Find that hard to believe, why not start off with this clip.

Behind this amazing feat are a simple idea and lots of engineering. It all started when motorsport enthusiast and event manager, Neal Darnell missed the adrenaline in his real-estate business and decided to return to motorsports with a bang. Fascinated with jet engines, he wondered how would a military-grade jet engine perform fitted to power a Chevy. The result was the Flash Fire Chevy. 

Flash Fire Chevy on a race track
Source: Shock Wave Jet Truck

This fire-breathing jet truck boasts a 12,000 horsepower engine and can clock 350 mph (563 km/h) with ease and even set an AirShow speed record of 375 mph (603 km/h) at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida.

When Neal's son, Chris entered the fray, he took the jet truck to the next level and fitted three J34-48 Pratt & Whitney Jet Engines from a U.S. Navy plane to deliver a combined horsepower of 36,000. 

Shockwave Truck
Source: Shock Wave Jet Truck

Together the engines produce 21,000 pounds (9,525 kg) of thrust that has enabled Shockwave to claim the record of the fastest Semi-Truck 376 mph (605 km/h). Driven by Chris, this version of the jet truck can ring up your senses with the noise and its heated engines produce and make for a delightful sight, especially in the evenings. 

For 2021, the Darnells are sporting a 'Top Gun' edition of the Shockwave which features a new wrap and even some artillery from the U.S. military. 

Also coming from the Darnell stable is one of the fastest fire trucks out there, the AfterShock. The 1940 model of the Ford Fire Truck now has found a new push in the twin Rolls-Royce Bristol Viper Jet Engines. 

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