3X 12,000 HORSEPOWER Jet Engines Power The World’s Fastest Jet-Powered SEMI
In this article we are going to show you the world’s fastest jet-powered semi. The total power output here is 36,000 horsepower. Let’s find out how the mechanics behind this project were able to make this three-ton truck Peterbilt 359 to overcome the quarter mile distance faster than you can read this sentence. The answer is very simple – with the help of three turbojet engines. The mechanics that we were talking about are part of a team led by the legendary racer by Les Shockley. The base of the truck is 260 inches in length powered by three jet engines Pratt & Whitney J34-48.
The name of this enormous truck is Shockwave. Unfortunately you are not going to see it on the public roads as it is not permitted to travel on public roads. It’s all about the jet engines – they are considerable danger to others. During the latest air show in the United States there was something very interesting. The jet-powered Shockwave overtook a flying jet aircraft. In order to get a large flame behind the truck, the organizers injected diesel fuel into the exhaust stream of the jet engines to achieve the strong effect of the flame.
The jet engines attached to the semi truck were widely used civil and military aviation in the 1980s.
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The total output by the three engines equals 36 thousand horsepower.