Leslie Porterfield is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest woman on two wheels. Now she wants to go more than twice the 232.522 mph she attained in 2008 on her modified Suzuki Hayabusa. She will drive the North American Eagle, at the Bonneville Salt Flats this October.
The North American Eagle is a modified Lockheed Martin F-104 Starfighter powered by a 50,000-hp General Electric J79 turbo-jet engine. The aircraft loses its wings and gains a custom suspension and wheels to run on the salt.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of such a dynamic team. I am honored to be part of their mission to go after the absolute unlimited land speed record.” said Porterfield in a press release. “This is an opportunity of a lifetime!”
Porterfield’s planned record-breaking attempt is a practice run for Team NAE who will attempt to break the current World Land Speed Record of 763 mph sometime in 2012.
“The run in October will not only establish a new World Land Speed Record for Leslie and the North American Eagle, it will also act as a practice run on our attempt of breaking the current World Land Speed Record of 763mph in 2012,” said Ed Shadle, co-owner and driver of the North American Eagle, in the same release.
Team NAE is looking for sponsors to help it achieve its 2012 goal of 800 mph on the ground according to their website.
The current record was set by RAF Pilot Andy Green when he drove the Thrust SSC, owned by Brit Richard Noble, to 763 mph (Mach 1.02) beating Noble’s 1983 record setting run of 633 mph.