Shockwave (Jet Truck)

Shockwave is a family of jet-powered American trucks, including Shockwave, a Peterbilt semi, and Super Shockwave, a 1957 Chevy truck.

Shockwave Truck performing at the Alliance Air Show in Fort Worth, Texas in 2014.


Shockwave at the 2003 Naval Air Station Oceana Regional Air Show.
The Shockwave Truck racing at the Alliance Air Show in 2014.

Shockwave is the first of the Shockwave trucks. It currently holds the world record for jet-powered full-sized trucks at 376 miles per hour (605 km/h).[1] The truck has three Westinghouse J34-48 jet engines, with a total output of 36,000 horsepower,[2] which allows the truck to complete the quarter-mile in 6.63 seconds.[3] Shockwave is currently being driven by Chris Darnell, who uses the truck to compete against planes going 300 miles per hour (480 km/h) in a rolling drag race at airshows, often winning. It consumes fuel at a rate equal to 400 gallons per mile, even more when the afterburners are activated. To slow the truck down at the end of a race it needs 2 aircraft parachutes[4]

Super ShockwaveEdit

Super Shockwave in 2008

The Super Shockwave is the more recent of the two trucks. The truck has two Westinghouse J34-48 jet engines. The truck is built on a 1957 Chevy cab. In the full mile, the truck is able to reach 336 mph. [5] Even more recently the Super Shockwave was purchased from the Shockley family by Hayden Proffitt Racing and renamed “Hot Streak II”. Les Shockley had obtained his start in racing through crewing for Hayden Proffitt himself. Hayden Proffitt’s first jet car was named “Hot Streak”. Fittingly enough with the purchase of Super Shockwave from Les, by Hayden Proffitt’s grandson of the same name, it was renamed to “Hot Streak II”.[citation needed]


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