Spectre's hired one of the fastest men on Earth (quite literally) to break a new land speed record in the company's new "SpeedLiner" at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats next month. Now we're not talking your 200 MPH Club type record...we're talking about being the first blown, gas-powered streamliner to break 400 mph.
As is noted in the release, according to the SCTA record book, only three men in the world have ever done 400 mph in ANY type vehicle, so if you're into land speed racing, read on; if not, pass it on to your fellow gearhead friends who are!
Spectre has named legendary land speed racer Kenny Hoover as the driver of the company's BGS (Blown Gas Streamliner) class streamliner, a historic vehicle that Spectre hopes to set a land speed record with at over 400 mph at this year's Speed Week competition at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats.
"When I met Amir at the Salt Flats years ago, his commitment to the Salt and need for speed were so genuine that we became fast friends," said Hoover. "I'm proud to be on the 'Speed by Spectre' team this year and look forward to taking the Spectre SpeedLiner on a record run at Speed Week."
Kenny Hoover is among the most experienced land speed drivers on the planet. He is a member of one of the most elite speed clubs in the world-the Bonneville 200 MPH Club. It is said that more men have landed on the moon than are members of the 200 MPH Club.
In addition, Hoover is also a member of the Club's 300 MPH Chapter-a real force to be reckoned with, this guy, and an undisputed powerhouse on the "Speed by Spectre" team.
Having either set or broken 36 land speed records in his driving career over the past four decades, Kenny Hoover is among the most respected land speed drivers to ever compete, and team "Speed by Spectre" is honored to announce him as the driver of this historic streamliner.
The Spectre SpeedLiner is finalizing its transformation into a land speed record liner now at Performance Fabrication in Northern California. This beautiful 500ci Cadillac V8-powered piece of machinery is twin-turbocharged and makes approximately 1,600 hp, fed through a Liberty five-speed manual transmission and a custom built quick-change differential. With the car expected to exceed 400 mph, new wheels to handle the new tires are being made, along with new added coolers and water tanks to support the turbos. Aesthetically, the streamliner has shaved several inches off her waist-13 to be exact-to a sexy 29-inches wide. Her finished length is expected to stretch from 23 feet to a svelte 33 feet, with a chassis stretched 24 inches, and wheels moved 6 inches forward. The nose moved up approximately 18 inches for a sleek front stretch of 48 inches. The rear section of the SpeedLiner is now rounded and smoothed out like the front, and stretched about 24 inches-a change that, together with the redesign of the front end, makes this piece of speed machinery look like a silver bullet from hell ready to take the salt.
Amir Rosenbaum, Founder of Speed By Spectre, explained their land speed efforts by saying, "Working hard to squeeze every bit of speed and performance out of whatever it is we had at the time is what drove us 25 years ago, and what continues to motivate us today." He continued, "The SpeedLiner is an extension of that drive, and the realization of a personal dream of mine. Ideally, I want to go over 400 in the SpeedLiner. According to the SCTA record book, only three guys in the world have ever done over 400 mph, and they were in turbine vehicles or blown and nitro-fueled streamliners. No one's over done over 400 in a blown gasoline powered streamliner...yet! First step is to break the BGS class record of 352.25 mph and I can't think of a better way to celebrate Spectre's 25th anniversary this year."