Jessi Combs is now officially the fastest woman in the world, breaking the record during her fatal attempt in August. During her two races, the Guinness Book of Records certified that Combs reached an average speed of 522,783 mph before the accident. Its top speed was 548,432 mph, but the official record is a two-way average.
The previous record was 512,710 mph, set by Kitty O’Neil in a three-wheeled automobile and powered by an airplane. Comb’s North American Eagle four-wheeled Challenger Supersonic Speed Challenger had already made her the fastest four-wheeled woman, reaching 398 mph in 2013. O’Neil’s record, Comb’s 2013 run and her fatal 2019 race happened in the Alvord desert in Oregon.
According to the Harney County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon, his fatal accident was “most likely caused by hitting an object in the desert.” The car was moving at over 500 mph at the time, too fast to recover from any collision. She died of blunt force trauma.
She had joined the American North Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger team to try to break O’Neil’s women’s ground speed record. And although the title is posthumous, Combs today accomplished her goal of becoming the fastest woman on Earth.
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