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On video: the world's fastest truck

Thu, 20 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

This is one lorry that you wouldn't get stuck behind on the motorway - Shockwave is the world's fastest jet-powered truck, with a top speed of almost 400mph.

Based on a Peterbilt Semi, the four-ton beast generates 36,000hp and can cover quarter of a mile in six and a half seconds. Power comes from three Pratt & Whitney J34-48 jet engines, each of which produces 12,000hp. They were originally used for US Navy trainer jets.
  
Flat out, Shockwave can hit 376mph, a world record for a jet-powered full-size truck. As you'd expect, fuel economy is nothing to write home about - there's a 190-gallon fuel tank and Shockwave burns all but 10 gallons during each top-speed sprint.

Neal Darnell, Shockwave's driver and owner, said: "It's an awesome experience, you won't believe it until you see it."
 
Neal's son Chris Darnell also drives Shockwave and took his first ride in it aged just seven. He 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," added Chris Darnell. "We then stop this beast using two 16-inch ring slot military parachutes, which produce an impact of up to negative 9G. It is some ride."
 
Shockwave was built by Les Shockley in 1984; Neal and Chris bought and rebuilt the vehicle in 2012 and they are currently giving the public a chance to see what it can do at special performances across the USA and Canada.
 
For more information visit flashfirejettrucks.com

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By Leo Wilkinson, senior editor, MSN Cars