George walked away from the car and was taken by ambulance to Salt Lake City for observation. The data loggers showed the crash happened near 370 mph and the strength and integrity of the car/frame was simply amazing, given the forces the car saw during the crash. Everyone who participated in designing, fabricating and maintaining the car over the years can be proud of the fact that George walked away with only bumps and bruises.
George was grateful to everyone who has worked on the car over the years. The outpouring of support an concern was truly overwhelming. George is looking forward to bringing Speed Demon back to set new records in 2015.
The California-based streamliner owned by George Poteet and Ron Main might not run as big an engine as its competitors, but it now can claim to have recorded the fastest piston-driven car time in the 65-year history of the Southern California Timing Association’s Bonneville Nationals, an outing known as Speed Week.
Now we have word from Elana that Speed Demon has achieved another personal landmark – see the time ticket and understand the team is gloating from ear to ear.
UPDATE Thursday August 15th, 2013: 9:41 am Mountain Time SPEED DEMON JUST RAN436 MILES PER HOUR IN THE 5TH MILE WITH AN EXIT SPEED OF 448 MPH! With that run, the team will surely return to impound and do routine maintenance on the car and take the rest of the day off to prepare for a record return run tomorrow morning, if the engine is one piece. If not, they would only be allowed 4 hours of repair time today in impound and one hour in the morning. We will keep you posted with more as we get it.
Switched to a smaller motor and got a run in at 381 mph with a blown intercooler hose. Will service the car and turn car around to try and back it up.
You will see Turbo Insulation Shields on nearly all professional race cars with turbocharged engines. Why? Because they help to increase engine performance and protect against the damaging effects of radiant heat.
Exhaust gasses power the turbo spindle; the higher the performance of the engine, the hotter the exhaust temperatures will be. In fact, if you were to open the engine compartment of any high-performance vehicle after it has been driven hard, you’d see a glowing red exhaust-side turbocharger housing.
To avoid damage and sustain optimum performance, it is important to protect the rest of the engine from the 1600 F°+ temperatures that radiate from the Turbo. Covering the turbo housing will also promote cool air intake that translates to increased horsepower and fire protection!
The new custom Precision Turbo’s are now frame mounted and stay with the car when the engine is removed. This will save precious time for our engine changes.
Every year, we begin working immediately after the last run to improve the car based on what we have learned. Without the tireless efforts and material support of these sponsors, we would not be able to go out each year with the prospect of bettering our speeds from the previous year.
You can show your appreciation to our sponsors by buying and using their ”Speed Demon tested and appoved“ products in your machine.
The Speed Demon team is working to save the Bonneville Salt Flats, which are being depleted each year and are dangerously thin in spots. We have created this program to help with the fundraising.
Gold Level Sponsor
For a $3,000.00 donation a donor will receive the Gold Level Award. The streamliner is hand cast in metal, hand polished, finished and electroplated in real “24 Karat gold.” There is no resin used in this high quality award. These are the real thing. Worthy of a trophy collectors case.
Silver and Bronze Level Sponsors
Donations can also be made at the $2,000 Silver Level and receive the hand cast streamliner in silver. Or, the $1,000 Bronze Level and the receive the hand cast streamliner in Bronze.
Please contact me directly regarding your sponsorship via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 (818) 998-7848.
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Owner-Driver - George Poteet
contact: Betty Howard
contact: George Poteet
Crew Chief, Builder Fabricator - Steve Watt
+1 (805) 798.0953
4277 Transport St Unit F
Ventura, CA 93003
Engines - Kenny Duttweiler
+1 (805) 659.3648
Duttweiler Performance, Inc.
1563 Los Angeles Ave
Ventura, CA 93004
Promotions - Ron Main
+1 (818) 998.7848
21704 Devonshire St #5
Chatsworth, CA 91311
+1 (386) 246.8841
Carbon Press, Inc.