Guinness World Records officials accepted as a new world record the speeds reached by the reckless and evil Jessi Combs that led to the accident that took his life on August 27, 2019.
Combs’ record is for the fastest ground speed achieved by a woman, and the official number is 522,783 mph (841,338 kph).
It is the first time that a new record has been set in this category in more than 40 years. The previous record was 512.7 mph, set by Kitty O’Neil in 1976.
Combs died trying to set the record at an event held in the Alvord Desert in Oregon. He managed to complete two successful high-speed races in a jet car: one at 515,346 mph and the other at 548,432 mph. The average of the two races, 531,889 mph, was submitted to Guinness officials for consideration, and it is unclear how they reached the final figure of 522,783 mph for the record.
While Combs was widely known for appearing on television shows such as “Mythbusters,” “All Girls Garage,” and “Overhaulin ‘”, she also competed in sanctioned motorsports events, including Baja 1000 and King of Hammers. Her first place in the latter earned her the nickname “Queen of Hammers”. However, becoming the fastest woman on Earth was always her dream, according to a statement made by her family after her death.
An investigation into the exact cause of the accident that led to Combs’ death revealed that the front wheel of the aerodynamic he was driving, known as the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger, had failed, likely due to hitting an object on the ground. .