Vesco Racing and Arizona Turbine Technology (AZTTECH) of Tucson have agreed to join forces in Team Vesco's continuing quest to be the first wheel driven car to exceed 500 MPH. Arizona Turbine Technology brings a turbine engine package that includes electronic controls to manage traction, engine temperature, provide emergency shut down and control a multitude of other variables that affect performance and driver safety. Look for Team Vesco at all major racing events on the Bonneville Salt Flats this season!
Ken Braccio takes photos as Glen Barrett and Rick Vesco look on.
David Crowe sits in Turbinator II.
Ken Braccio, (Advanced Turbine Services) and David Crowe (AZTTECH) visited the home of Turbinator II to check out the World's Fastest Wheel Driven car. Team Vesco is excited about the new opportunities that electronic engine management will provide. When we set the current World Record at 458.481 mph in 2001 exhaust gas temperature (EGT) was a limiting factor. The electronic engine management system from Arizona Turbine Technology will manage EGT by simultaneously adjusting engine parameters to prevent an over temp condition. With the less that ideal salt conditions that have plagued us in recent years wheel spin has become more difficult to control. The AZTTECH electronic management system can control wheel spin, automatically adjusting for changing conditions as the car travels down the course. In the event of a catastrophic engine failure the turbine will shut down in 20 milliseconds by the electronic control limiting the damage to the engine and risk to the driver. With all this help, our driver is free to focus all attention to driving the car at nearly 800 feet per second. Go Dave!
Glen Barrett with crew of D and D Autoworks
Team Vesco's Glen Barrett and Rick took the TURBINATOR II body panels to D and D Autoworks of St. George to be repainted in preparation for new sponsorship lettering. Jeff Dastrup Pinstriping will be painting the new name & logo on the car. We thank Doug of D & D and Jeff for your professional work in displaying ARIZONA TURBINE TECHNOLOGY and ATS, advanced turbine services.
TAKE A LOOK! Team Vesco is ready to race with new engine, new fuel control, updated modifications! A look at TURBINATOR II's TV debut on At Your Leisure.
444 Little Giant
World of Speed 2014
Turbinator II driver, Dave Spangler
#444 "Little Giant" driver, Bob Blakely
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All major speed record events were cancelled last year, due to poor salt conditions and weather. We are working diligently with the Utah Alliance and Save the Salt organizations to improve conditions on the salt flat racing courses and overall remediation efforts. We are hopeful that the "Glory Days" of Land Speed racing will return soon. It is more important that ever before that we work together to save the salt flats from extinction.