Team Vesco and TURBINATOR II arrived bright and early on October 1 for the World Finals Speed event on the Bonneville Salt Flats. The car was inspected, tuned up and ready to run the next day. The first and only run driver Dave Spangler made was a blistering 493 mph run with an incredible top speed of 503 mph! Never in the history of land speed racing has a car with an internal combustion engine that drives the wheels on pneumatic tires clocked such a speed. The powerful T55-L-712 Shaft Gas Turbine with it's nearly 5000 horse power from Advanced Turbine Services (ATS) did the trick!
Team Vesco's dedicated crew prepared the car in impound for a return run the following day to put the record in the books. However, the rains came causing the event to be closed after the only day of running. Team Vesco is looking forward to future improvements with the car and hopes to complete the runs for the first official record for a wheel driven car over 500 mph.