Goes 470 MPH at Bonneville Salt Flats
Bonneville Salt Flats, August 17, 2001 – The HPC sponsored Team Vesco Turbinator streamliner ran a terminal speed of 470.288 MPH at the SCTA Bonneville National Speed Week on August 13th. Driven by Don Vesco, car number 111, “The Turbinator” ran through the 2.25 mile mark at 365 MPH, 3 mile mark at 385 MPH, 4 mile mark at 430 MPH, the 5 mile mark at 459 MPH and had a terminal speed at shut down of 470.288 MPH.
At printing the Hot Rod Magazine Top Time Trophy should be secured by Team Vesco Racing.
The Turbinator is a turbine powered, wheel driven streamliner. In 1999 The Turbinator broke Don Campbell’s world record for a wheel driven vehicle of 409.135 MPH with a 427.832 MPH run on the Bonneville Salt Flats. The next goal for Team Vesco is to be the first wheel driven car over 500 MPH. With speeds like this the Turbinator could achieve this at the USRFA World of Speed, September 21 – 24, 2001.
Visit the USFRA website for more information on this event.
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