If you’re a fan of adrenaline, high-octane racing, you’ll love this. Powered by jet engines, these trucks routinely cross 563 km / h (350 mph) and can even beat planes after giving them a starting head. It’s hard to believe why not start with this video.
Behind this incredible feat is a simple idea and a lot of engineering. It all started when motorsport enthusiast and event manager Neil Darnell missed the adrenaline rush of his real estate business and decided to return to motorsport with a bang. Fascinated by jet engines, he wondered how a military-class jet jet fitted to power a Chevy would perform. The result was Flash Fire Chevy.
This fire-breathing jet boasts a 12,000-horsepower engine and can accelerate 563 km / h with ease and even set an AirShow speed record of 373 mph (603 km / h) at the air base Tyndall in Florida.
When Neil’s son, Chris, entered the battle, he took the jet to the next level and mounted three J34-48 Pratt & Whitney Jet Engine from a U.S. Navy aircraft to deliver a combined horsepower of 36,000.
Together, the engines produce 21,000 pounds (9,525 kg) of thrust, which allowed Shockwave to claim the record for the fastest semi-truck 376 mph (605 km / h). Powered by Chris, this version of the jet can awaken your senses with noise and its heated engines produce and make a delightful sight, especially in the evening.
For 2021, the Darnels carry a “Top Gun” edition of Shockwave, which includes a new shell and even some artillery from the US Army.
Also coming from the stable Darnell is one of the fastest fire trucks out there, AfterShock. The 1940 Ford Fire Truck now found a new impetus in the twins Rolls Royce Bristol Viper Jet Engine.
With a combined horsepower of over 24,000, this fire truck has only one problem. He leaves fire behind as he tries to reach the 407 mph mark (655 km / h) and must be limited to racetracks.