In this update: Later today, Jessi Combs will attempt to break the Women’s Land Speed Record!
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Jessi Combs completed her second test run in the North American Eagle (NAE) Supersonic Speed Challenger, posting a speed of 302.462 miles per hour this afternoon. That speed is just 6 miles per hour shy of the current FIA women’s land speed record of 308 mph set in 1965 by Lee Breedlove, wife of former land speed record holder Craig Breedlove. Combs is now poised to set a new record when she climbs back into the jet-powered NAE vehicle tomorrow on the dry lakebed at the Alvord Desert in southeastern Oregon.
“That was great,” said Combs when the vehicle came to a stop at the 6 mile mark. “The car was running solid.” Although no stranger to speed—she finished second in the 2011 Baja 1000—today’s run marks the fastest she has ever driven. “The fastest I’ve ever driven is 211, and I could tell right away that this was much faster.”
Today’s run was without the benefit of the jet’s afterburner. “I really wanted to go into afterburner,” said Combs, “but I was following instructions.”, she will engage the afterburner, using the additional thrust to power the NAE vehicle to a two-way average much faster than the current record. The rules require that a driver make two passes across a measured course, once in each direction. Officials then average the two speeds.
Combs is an automotive metal fabricator and currently co-hosts All Girls Garage (Velocity by the Discovery Channel) and The List: 1001 Car Things to do Before You Die (AutoBlog). Previous television appearances include Mythbusters and Overhaulin’ (Discovery Channel), Xtreme 4×4 (Spike TV), and Two Guys Garage (Speed Channel).
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