In a brilliant yellow, the three tonne, 57 Chevy is powered by three Pratt and Whitney J34-48 jet engines also seen on board US Navy training jets. Owned and driven by Neal Darnell, 64,the vehicle is capable of 36,000 horsepower and can race down a quarter of a mile in a matter of 6.5 seconds.
Shockwave was built in 1984 by Les Shockley and can easily outrun the Japanese bullet train. It holds 190 gallons of fuel and burns 180 gallons per performance. Now in its 30th year, Shockwave is something to be experienced to be believed. Shockwave is also driven by Darnell’s son Chris, who got his first ride in this mammoth vehicle at the age of 7.
Six times more powerful that the jet engine from where its engines were borrowed, drivers on board Shockwave experience about 6G on acceleration while trying to get this vehicle to stop uses two 16” ring slot military parachutes which produce upto negative 9G. Darnell had purchased this 30 year old truck in 2012 and races it at air shows in US and Canada.