We all have that need for speed, that urge to go faster and faster! However, we believe this truck will quench your need. Known as Shockwave, this truck is capable of outrunning a bullet train (Japan) and is capable of generating 36,000 horsepower to attain a maximum speed that is close to 400 mph.
The Shockwave is essentially 4-ton Peterbilt Semi and employs three jet engines to cover a quarter mile within 6.5 seconds. The vehicle was originally built back in 1984 by Les Shockley and went through several modification by father and son, 64 years old Neal Darnell and Chris who is 31 years old. The Shockwave currently holds the world record for the Fastest Jet-Powered Truck (full size) – 376mph. Neal describes the experience in a succinct way; ‘It’s an awesome experience. You won’t believe it until you see it.’
Moving on to the specs on this beast; it comes with three Pratt & Whitney J34-48 jet engines which previously belonged to Navy trainer jets known as T-2 Buckeye. A single jet engine is capable of 12,000 horsepower in afterburner which explains the 36,000 hp for Shockwave. The beast holds 190 gallons of fuel while it burns 180 of it per quarter mile race.
According to Chris; ‘The added afterburners double the horsepower and thrust, so Shockwave literally has six times the power of the jet airplane these engines came in. On acceleration, the driver experiences about 6G.’ In order to bring this beast of a truck to stop they have made use of two 16” Military Parachutes (ring slot) which are capable of providing an impact of about -9G.
The manufacturers of Shockwave have plans to demonstrate its performance all over USA and Canada. According to Chris it sure is one kind of a ride. We wouldn’t call it environment friendly but the Shockwave sure is something amazing. Check out the video below to see this truck in action: