Nearly a year after her death, Guinness World Records has formally declared Jessi Combs the fastest holder of land speed records (female), a feat she died attaining. Jessi, a racer and TV presenter, died last year on 27 August while trying to set the record for the ‘fastest woman on Earth.’ She was driving her jet-powered North American Eagle Supersonic Speed challenger when a malfunction caused a crash that killed Combs. According to reports, the accident was caused by a mechanical failure in one of the front wheels during the run and the 39-year-old driver died of a blunt force trauma. According to Harney County Sheriff’s Office, the wheel failure happened when the car was moving at a speed nearing 885 km/h.
But this accident happened during the second run in the Alvord Desert, Oregon, USA, and the team submitted the top-speed achieved during both the attempts to the Guinness authorities for evaluation. According to the institution, Jessi Combs jet-powered vehicle achieved a speed of 841.33 km/h, making her the holder of the fastest land speed record (female).
This record was previously set at Alvord Desert 40 years ago by American stuntwoman Kitty O’Neil whose three-wheeled jet-powered vehicle reached a top speed of 825.11 km / h. Jessi Combs had crowned several records in the automotive world, including the title of “fastest woman on four wheels” in 2013 when she reached the 640.5 km / h speed in her Speed Challenger. In 2016, though, she went on to break her own record.
Guinness World Records statement on their website read, “The fastest land speed record (female) is 841,338 kph (522,783 mph), and was reached on August 27, 2019 by Jessi Combs (USA) in the Alvord Desert, Oregon, United States.
Jessi Combs starred for four years on many television shows including Overhaulin ‘and Mythbusters, and also co-hoster Xtreme 4X4 TV series. Even she was a professional designer who served the American Welding Society and even designed a line of women’s welding gear according to records.