Guinness posthumously awards Jessi Combs title of Fastest Woman on Earth
Combs reached a top speed of 522.783 miles per hour (841 km/h)
The previous record had stood for over 40 years
Jessi Combs wanted more than anything to become the fastest woman on earth according to her family. Today, she achieved that goal. Guinness officially recognized Jessi Combs as the world’s fastest woman.
Combs, a racer, fabricator and host of numerous shows and video series including Autoblog’s the List, reached a top speed of 522.783 miles on a dry lake bed in the Alvord Desert in Oregon on August 27, 2019. The record run took her life after the front wheel of the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger she was driving struck an object which caused it to lose control. She was 39.
The previous title was held by Kitty O’Neil who reached 510.710 mph in 1976 on the same lake bed in Oregon.
Jessi Combs also holds the four-wheel land-speed record with a top speed of 398.954 mph (632 km/h) and a top speed of 440.709 mph (709 km/h) which she reached in 2013. She started racing in 2011 and was crowned Ultra 4 Spec Class National Champion in 2014.
And now, she’s officially the Fastest Woman on Earth, holding a record that will likely endure for generations.