Jun 27, 2020, 06:15 PM IST
America’s popular jet car racer Jesse Coombs has been posthumously awarded the record for driving the fastest car in the world. Jessie died on August 27, 2019, in an attempt to break the land-speed record in Alward Desert, Oregon. During this time, his Jet Powered car had crossed the speed of 841 kmph.
The Guinness Book of World Records on Thursday announced the inclusion of this record officially. The 39-year-old Jesse broke the record set 40 years earlier by his compatriot Kitty O’Neill in the desert of Alward. Kitty set a record speed of 823 kmph in 1976 from his three-wheeled jet car.
Jesse’s racing partner, Tarry Madden, confirmed the record in an emotional post on Instagram, saying – “Eventually Jessie won, for which she died.” No record can be greater than his spirit. This was the goal she always wanted to achieve. I’m proud of my partner. ‘
This was the last opportunity for our effort
She was waking up in the morning with the alarm ringing – come, let’s make history today. It was a wonderful day for us, as it was the last occasion of our effort to make a world record. After this Jessie left alone to race in the Alvord desert with her car.
Technical problem in the next wheel
When fully prepared, his jet car caught pace and achieved a record speed of 841.338 km on sight. Just then, the next wheel of a three-wheeled car got into a technical fault and the car became the victim of an accident. Jessie made this car at home.
The Harney County Sheriff’s Office of the United States said the car had a speed of over 885.139 km at the time of the accident. Jessie died due to a rapid head injury. ”Jesse, fond of speed since childhood, set a new record in 2013 at a speed of 640.549 kmph. After this, she became popular as the world’s fastest woman.