- Shockwave / Credit: Darnell Racing Enterprises @ ShockwaveJetTruck.com

Meet the fire-breathing 36,000hp jet truck from hell

Coming soon to wake your neighbours up at an airshow near you

We have all seen the impressive videos of American classics and Japanese imports being tuned to beyond 2000hp and humiliating exotics in a 1/4 mile drag race. What if I told you that there is a semi-truck capable of beating most of those cars in a drag race? Meet Shockwave, a 1985 Peterbilt powered by not one, not two but three Pratt & Whitney J34-48 jet engines. All you need to know is that it produces 36,000hp and 21,000lbs of thrust, terrifyingly awesome figures for a truck weighing just 6800lbs (3084kg). Besides, how could you not love a monster that does 1 mile per 400 gallons?

Shockwave / Credit: Darnell Racing Enterprises @ ShockwaveJetTruck.com

Shockwave / Credit: Darnell Racing Enterprises @ ShockwaveJetTruck.com

It is so fast that it chooses to compete with aircraft

Shockwave holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest jet-powered truck, maxing out at a mind-boggling 376mph (605kmh). The 1/4 mile is completed in just 6.63 seconds... yeah, this Peterbilt is already travelling 336mph by the time you've hit 60mph. Shockwave is so quick that it usually competes in rolling drag races against propeller aircraft at airshows, often winning. You can watch a video of that by clicking here (race begins at 1:45) or you can view the epic showdown of it competing against its little brother with 'only 24,000hp' below.

It's a triumph to mechanical engineering

It doesn't matter if you're into trucks, supercars or vintage classics, there is no denying that this is truly an engineering marvel. There are countless challenges that the Shockwave would have had to overcome in order to achieve its top speed without losing control, catching fire or even running out of fuel. HowStuffWorks explains all this in greater detail but essentially the thrusters are tilted at an angle to ensure the truck stays planted; with the help of the giant wing of course. Shockwave uses standard truck tyres but each tyre has been shaved in a pursuit of weight saving... and also to prevent the tread from tearing off at 300mph. And how does one bring this behemoth to a halt? It's got two large parachutes and all-wheel disc brakes.

Shockwave / Credit: Darnell Racing Enterprises @ ShockwaveJetTruck.com

Shockwave / Credit: Darnell Racing Enterprises @ ShockwaveJetTruck.com

They're bringing their latest creations to upcoming airshows

This is post is not sponsored but promoting Shockwave's presence at upcoming airshows seems like the right thing to do and is something worth considering. The mad scientists behind the project, Darnell Racing Enterprises, have tweaked Shockwave to create a "military grade" version inspired by Top Gun which should hopefully be even quicker than before. They've also reworked their Aftershock and Flash Fire Jet Trucks, which will be awesome to see in action at the drag strip. They're travelling across the US and their first show begins in 18 days, so you can view their full schedule by clicking here or at the bottom of the article.

Aftershock / Credit: Darnell Racing Enterprises @ ShockwaveJetTruck.com

Aftershock / Credit: Darnell Racing Enterprises @ ShockwaveJetTruck.com

Have you seen anything crazier at the drag strip?

Thanks for reading and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

You can access Darnell Racing Enterprises' website to book tickets or read more on the engineering using the respective links below.

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Comments (31)

  • I think Optimus Prime just shat himself!

      1 year ago
  • Greta thunberg would be happy

      1 year ago
  • What kind of MPG does that rocket truck get?

    (Yea, I watched the video before reading about it completely) The plumes of smoke distracted me.

      1 year ago
    • One mile per 400 gallons

        1 year ago
    • That sounds about right :-D If not, that figure sounds like a conservative estimate judging from those massive plumes of smoke. It is massively entertaining though.

        1 year ago
  • Finally...someone is blowing off some pent up frustration with all this talk of electricity!

      1 year ago
  • I want one

      1 year ago
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