In the interest of safety and to correct our course while navigating toward our goal to becoume the first wheel driven car to set an official National or World record over 500 MPH, we must discontinue racing for the remainder of 2019. To improve our team, we have already begun a search for a company with turbine control engineering capabilities to partner with us. We hope such a commpany will recognize the intrinsic value and promotional opportunities of such an association.
The newly modified 2018 T-55 turbo shft race engine will provide more power in 2019 with less Exhaust Gas Temperature (EGT).
Team Vesco's TURBINATOR II inducted into Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame at the 2019 "Gas Up" event sponsored by the Gold Coast Roadster and Racing Club at the Mendenhall Museum in Buellton, California. Rick Vesco and driver Dave Spangler were among the honorees. TURBINATOR II was in the "Currently Running" vehicle class at the 23rd annual event.
Team Vesco Crew
Rick Vesco and Driver Dave Spangler received honors at the 80th Annual SCTA Awards Banquet in Pomona, California. SCTA-BNI sanctioned events, 2018 Speed Week and World Finals, were the venues for Team Vesco's TURBINATOR II to set the Fastest National Bonneville Car Record in history 482.646 mph, Fastest Wheel Driven Flying Mile 493.037 mph and Fastest Top Speed 503.332 mph.
New - 1st to 500 mph Posters
There's only one FIRST! This magnificent photo was taken on the Bonneville Salt Flats after our historic 503 mph run. The car was in the impound area waiting to make the backup run required to establish an official record, when the rains came covering the entire flats. The resulting downpour provided a beautirul backdrop for this photo of Turbinator II reflecting in the water. Unfortunately, the storm caused the meet to be canceled.
Stay tuned for 2019!
Driver Dave Spangler and car owner/builder Rick Vesco
TURBINATOR II SPECS
T55-GA-714A Shaft Gas Turbine
PTO 16000 rpm
Reduction gear box 2:1
Diff. gear ratio 1.174
Wheel base 21'
Tread width fr. 17" r. 12"
Body width 36"
Overall length 36 ft.
Weight 4950 lb.
Tires Mickey Thompson 24.5 x 7.50-16 Spl. Bonneville
KSLSalt Lake City sports news reporter Alex Cabrero visited with Team Vesco on the salt flats to find out about Dave Spangler and TURBINATOR'S historic 503 mph run.