HAUNTING footage shows jet-car racer Jessi Combs’ final moments while attempting to smash the female land speed record.
The daredevil, dubbed the ‘fastest woman on four wheels’, died shortly after the video ended when her vehicle came apart in Alvord Desert in Oregon, US, last week.
Chilling footage shows the last moment of daredevil racer Jessi Combs before her fatal crash in Oregon[/caption]
Racer Jessi Combs admitted she was ‘crazy’ for trying to break the land-speed record days before her death[/caption]
In the footage, her attempt to break the 512mph land-speed record appeared to be going well with her rocket-propelled car moving at an incredible pace across a dry bed lake.
After the fatal crash, Jessi’s 56-foot-long vehicle was destroyed and towed away on a truck, pictures published by TMZ show.
According to the Harney County Sheriff’s Office, the cause of the disaster is unknown and is still being investigated.
Jessi was trying to break the women’s land speed record of 512 mph (823 kph) set in 1976 by Kitty O’Neil.
In one of her last social media posts, Jessi even hinted she was trying to smash the record by more than 100mph.
“It may seem a little crazy to walk directly into the line of fire,” she captioned a shot of her walking towards her jet-engine propelled car.
“Those who are willing, are those who achieve great things. People say I’m crazy. I say thank you.”
She then included a number of hashtags including “fastest woman on earth”, “gottabreak512”, “aimingfor619” and “currentlyat483”.
The TV personality had set her own land-speed record in a four-wheeled vehicle when she hit 398 mph in 2013.
Pictures show the wreckage of Jessi’s rocket car being taken away on a truck[/caption]
The vehicle was barely recognisable after the fatal crash last week[/caption]
Racing car driver Jessi Combs has been killed in a crash while attempting to break her own land speed record[/caption]
South Dakota-born Jessi had always dreamed of being a racing car driver[/caption]
Jessi was driving her jet-powered car on a dry bed lake in Oregon. Pictured here in 2013[/caption]
She went on to shatter that mark, topping 483 mph in subsequent follow-up runs, though those efforts were not considered official because of mechanical issues, Autoblog reported.
In the weeks before her death, Jessi had seemed excited about the prospect of setting a new record.
“Sometimes I just gotta push the noise out, turn my head, and get to work,” she captioned one Instagram image.
“Big things happening…hopefully super-fast things.”
In a statement, Jessi’s family said her “most notable dream was being the fastest woman on Earth.”
The former Mythbusters host had competed for the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger team, which she joined in 2013.
Cops are now probing what caused her 56ft-long, 52,000-horsepower “jet car” – dubbed the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger – to crash.
The New York Post reported that investigators are trying to recover laptops from the vehicle — so they could find out what went wrong.
“They’re waiting for the team to recover the [engine and systems] information stored on the inboard computers,” said Lt. Brian Needham of the Harney County Sheriff’s Office.
He said “there was a fire involved” but was unable to say whether Combs’ car hit something to cause the blaze.
‘DID EVERYTHING WE COULD TO SAVE HER’
Jessi’s partner Terry Madden confirmed her death on August 28 in a heartbreaking Instagram post.
He wrote: “Unfortunately we lost her yesterday in a horrific accident, I was the first one there and trust me we did everything humanly possible to save her!!
“I have never loved or been loved by anyone as much as this amazing woman she was truly my unicorn and I enjoyed every single minute that I had with her.
“She was the most amazing spirit that I have ever or will ever know.
“I’m not okay but she is right here keeping me going. I made her a promise that if this didn’t go well that I would make sure and do good with it.”
South Dakota-born Jessi had always dreamed of being a racing car driver.
After graduating from WyoTech in Wyoming with a degree in Custom Automotive Fabrication, she explored careers in television.
She hosted automotive shows, including Xtreme 4×4, Overhaulin’, Truck U, and Two Guys Garage.
Combs had also appeared as a host and builder on Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters.
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