• Jun 18, 2009


Earlier this month, we caught wind of Jesse James' plan to set a new land-speed record in a hydrogen-powered vehicle. According to a press release issued by Spike TV, the daredevil motorcycle enthusiast was successful in his quest, hitting a top speed of 199.7 miles per hour on a run the El Mirage dry lake bed in the Mojave Desert in California.

Though ultimately successful, the run didn't go off without a hitch. Apparently, the car needed three passes before the crew was able to keep enough blowing dust out of the cockpit and feed enough air into the monster 740-hp hydrogen-fueled 572 cubic-inch Chevrolet V8 engine.

The previous mark for a hydrogen-burning car was set by BMW in Germany a few years back with its H2H race car. James seems pleased with his accomplishment, saying, "This, I honestly believe, is world-changing. We can't rely on gasoline forever. I'm paying it forward."

Want to see the whole thing go down? Tune in to Spike TV to watch Jesse James is a Dead Man on Sunday, August 9th at 10 pm Eastern.

PRESS RELEASE:

Jesse James Successfully Reaches 199.7mph While Filming His Hit Show "Jesse James Is A Dead Man" on Spike TV

EL MIRAGE DRY LAKE BED, Calif., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Jesse James successfully shattered the land speed record for a hydrogen powered vehicle yesterday in the Mojave Desert. James attempted the challenge while filming his hit television show "Jesse James Is A Dead Man" which premiered May 30, 2009. The show was filmed yesterday and will air as the season one finale of "Jesse James Is A Dead Man" premiering on Sunday, August 9 (10:00 PM, ET/PT) on Spike TV.

Jesse's time was documented by the Southern California Timing Association and beat the previous record holder, the BMW H2R, which previously held the land-speed record for an H2 car of 185mph in Germany. The vehicle used by Jesse was an emission free vehicle with a "Breathable Exhaust."

Jesse went to El Mirage Dry Lake Bed with an extreme purpose: to break the land speed record of 185 MPH for a hydrogen-fueled vehicle. It's a record that has long been on his mind and it has not been an easy road getting here. Jesse has consulted the help of legendary land speed racer Mike Cook. Mike gave Jesse invaluable advice on the design of the car. He also helped Jesse pick up the nuance of driving the car and was with him in the testing phase. Engine wizard Kurt Urban came from Detroit and auto row to help him develop a superior hydrogen engine: an internal combustion throwback to the days of overpowering American steel. Together they created an emission free vehicle that will dispel any notions of the power of alternative fuels. Jesse prepared for a worst case scenario situation by escaping from a burning fuselage, narrowly avoiding injury and testing his mettle to the limit.

"Jesse James Is A Dead Man" is being produced for Spike TV by executive producers Jesse James and Hildie Katibah through his production company, Payupsucker Productions, in conjunction with executive producers John Brenkus and Mickey Stern of BASE Productions ("Sport Science," "Crime 360"). Kevin Lee also serves as executive producer. Sharon Levy and Tim Duffy are executives in charge of production for Spike TV.

Jesse James is a custom bike and car builder, producer, publisher, television host and restaurateur. In 2000, James started his TV career with Discovery Channel's "Motorcycle Mania," and in 2002 produced and starred in the international television hit, "Monster Garage." Before his TV gigs, James started West Coast Choppers by doing what he loved, building motorcycles in his mom's garage. As an expert welder, James produces only 12-14 bikes a year, making a very long wait list for his coveted custom machines.

More recently, James established his own production company, Payupsucker Productions, and in 2004, he became publisher of Garage Magazine and launched Payupsucker Publications. In 2006 he opened an eco-friendly burger joint, Cisco Burger, in Long Beach, CA.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Isn't it amusing that we have a story about someone who actually went out and DID SOMETHING being slagged by a gaggle of pimply faced computer jockeys.
      You schleps wouldn't have the cojones to even climb inside that car, let alone build one.
      As Cartman said in the WOW episode:
      "More Hot Pockets Mom"
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        • 5 Years Ago
        **bangs keyboard**
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a dumb ass show. Looks like Jesse doesn't know what to do with himself these days.
      • 5 Years Ago
      TV's Jesse James fraudulently claims besting BMW's FIA ratified hydrogen-powered World Record Speed Record
      Cable TV personality Jesse James claims he set the world record for hydrogen-powered vehicles on June 16th on the southern California El Mirage dry lake.

      The claim is without merit since the activities were conducted without benefit of any motorsports sanctioning authority. The vehicle was neither inspected, nor certified and all the timing personnel were on the James TV payroll.

      World speed records require two runs over a one-mile course within one hour. James was 5,148 feet short -- being timed one-way for a total of 132 feet; he made only three or four passes over an eight to ten-hour period. Any world record holder will tell you it’s quite a technical feat to hold speed for a full mile.

      The baseless speed stunt was reportedly for "the season-ending episode of James's TV show, Jesse James is a Dead Man." The episode is set to air in early August.

      James claims to have bested the FIA ratified BMW HR2 record of 185 mph. The BMW HR2 race car set 9 international and FIA-ratified land-speed records for hydrogen cars at the Miramas Proving Grounds in France. The BMW HR2 is one of the few hydrogen cars developed with internal combustion engine (ICE) technology instead of fuel cell technology.

      Mr. James efforts count for absolutely nothing on the world motorsports stage and amount to little more than a self-promoting “TV racer” PR stunt since he chose to ignore the sport's sanctioning rules that have applied to all records certified for the past 80 years.

      When contacted to explain the fraudulent claim, James responded with a short crude retort that reminded this writer that vulgarity is indeed the refuge of a destitute mind.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't understand why its so slow. 700hp + and it can't break 200? A sprint cup car can't have much more then 400hp on a superspeedway track and they have no problem going the same speed while turning.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought for sure it was a speed record for banging Sandra over and over again and as fast and as many times as humanly possibly. But the vehicle record is cool too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "world changing"?
      • 5 Years Ago
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Ford Fusion Hydrogen 999 car is a fuel cell car, ie: electric. James' car has a Chevy big block engine burning hydrogen gas instead of gasoline.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thanks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        How is the Ford 999 not a "hydrogen-powered vehicle"?
      • 5 Years Ago
      As with most celebs, he was much better before he got so famous. Now he's just another media ho doing his own personal version of 'Battle of the Network Stars'.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just couldn't quite hit the 200 mph mark, could he?
        • 5 Years Ago
        yeah.. no kidding... what a loser.

        lol

        j/k
      • 5 Years Ago
      You know, I used to like Sandra Bullock she hooked up with that ugly, ink filled "rain man" of motorcycles. With a tatoo on his palm that says "pay up sucker", kids by two wives(one a stripper), that useless "monster" show, and now "Jesse James is a dead man"--I just gotta think that Bullock doesn't have both oars in the water.
      James' claim to fame was the ability to hammer out a gas tank----period. Big freaking deal. He built bikes before everyone got into the game---and based on what I saw, his stuff was bare bones ripoffs. His company produces 12 bikes a year. OCC could do that in a week. What a phony!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jesse James has more money than you ever will u stuck up pussy bitch
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah, < 200mph out of a BBC, very much a PR only thing. Go look at the streamliner class that has cracked over 200 and I'll bet you see a bunch of cars well under that HP. And who gives a crap if it's hyrdogen or gas?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, too bad I'm not going to see that show. Nothing against Jesse at all, for the most part I think he's cool, but the production on JJIsDM is just crap!!!! Who's approves the narration?? Jeez, if you listen to that guy Jesse almost dies 47 times in every episode.
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