500 MPH With Thermo-Tec

Thermo-Tec Assists in Land Speed Record

It was Don Vesco’s dream to be the first person in a wheel driven car to go 500 mph. After his death in 2002, brother Rick Vesco took up the dream by modifying the Turbinator streamliner. On October 2, 2018, with driver Dave Spangler, Turbinator II succeeded in breaking the 500-mph barrier on the Bonneville Salt Flats with a speed of 503.332 mph. Here’s a video of that epic run:

Chasing the 500 mph Dream

Thermo-Tec has been a proud sponsor and supporter of Team Vesco, home of the world’s fastest wheel-driven car at 503 mph.

500 MPH With Thermo-Tec

Spangler set his first land speed record at 295.802 mph in 1985. In 1995 he became the 16th member inducted into the 300-mph chapter of the 200-mph club with a class record of 302.673 mph. In 2008, he went 323.460 mph for another C/GS record and 337.197 mph for a B/GS record in 2010. Dave was inducted into the 400 mph Chapter of the 200 mph Club at Speed Week 2018. He set records and Top Speed at every event in 2018 and the fastest top speed ever recorded for a wheel-driven car at 503.3 mph in October 2018.

500 MPH With Thermo-Tec

“Team Vesco is a huge fan of Thermo-Tec products and have used them on both of our record-setting land-speed cars,” Spangler said. “The cars we run are called ‘streamliners’ due to the fact that they are streamlined to the max! Although both our 350 mph and 503 mph cars are over 24 feet long, they are only 24-inches wide, designed to eliminate as much air resistance as possible. These narrow cars require compacting all of the internal working parts, wires, hoses etc. into a very confined space. Heat becomes a major issue. That’s where Thermo-Tec comes in. This product provides the critical insulation necessary to keep the complicated systems ‘cool.’

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