• Jun 4th 2009 at 8:32AM
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Famous motorcycle builder and all-around celebrity Jesse James plans to attempt a new world record top speed run for a hydrogen-powered vehicle later this month on a dry lake bed somewhere in California. The actual car being used is a former land speeder called the Dees-Milodon Engineering-Davis B Streamliner, which had previously attained speeds as high as 237 mph at Bonneville.

Replacing the car's old Chrysler powerplant will be a brand new 572 cubic inch Chevy crate motor that's been converted to run on gaseous hydrogen and is force fed by twin turbochargers that add 50 pounds of boost. The fuel will be stored in 10,000 psi tanks sourced from hydrogen specialists Quantum Technologies.

If you think piloting a ticking time bomb land speed record car from the 1960s that's carrying a ton of compressed hydrogen and has been beefed up with a fully modern and ridiculously potent powerplant is crazy, that's what Jesse's going for. The actual event will be recorded as part of the upcoming series, Jesse James is a Dead Man.

[Source: AutoWeek]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      He was the only reason I watched any of it this season. For a short bit there, it looked like he had a good shot at winning, or at least getting closer than he did.

      He seems like a pretty "normal" guy for the most part, moreso than most celebs anyhow. It's just that now he has enough money to do the things that a lot of us would do if we had the money.

      Like marrying Sandra Bullock

      and all the other stuff too ;-)
        • 6 Years Ago
        reply error, disregard.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Go Quantum Tech! They're also the company providing the Q-Drive for the Fisker Karma.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ballsy... Stupid, but ballsy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      When I saw the preview for this series I don't think I reacted at all- if anything just subconciously thought it was not going to live up to its premise.

      But seriously, this is nuts- he could actually kill himself if he crashes...
        • 6 Years Ago
        I caught an episode of Jesse James is a Dead Man the other day and I thought it was pretty cool. They put him on a top fuel drag motorcycle. The first run he nearly ran it into the wall. Then he blew it up. They gave him a new bike and he ran it up to something like 160mph in the 1/4. They also put him in an F-18 and then lit him on fire (not at the same time). It was pretty entertaining.

        Now if they could teach him to speak. I don't think he said anything on the show other than "that was cool".
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Now if they could teach him to speak. I don't think he said anything on the show other than "that was cool"."

        Agree. Jesse James is certainly an oddball and his bit gets old. When you listen to him talk he always seems like he is on drugs or has watched too many old episodes of "Bevis and Butthead".

        I think he really does have a death wish.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, über-cool image! I would love one for myself... when I was 10yr old.
      Is it his official/approved stuff or some fan-art?
        • 6 Years Ago
        LOL. I was going to comment on the image but you beat me to it. Now that's some serious cheese right there.
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