This streamliner is a piston-engined, wheel-driven land speed car that was built to its current form in 2009. It achieved a flying mile speed of over 400 mph (643 kph) at the Bonneville salt flats in 2010, and was the only gasoline-powered car to do so. The vehicle was initially constructed in 1995 as a 27’ streamliner by Roy Fjastad of Full Bore Race Products. It was sold to sprint-car team owner Junior Kurtz in 2003, and reached 309 mph at Bonneville in 2004 before being purchased in 2006 by the seller, Spectre Performance founder and driver Amir Rosenbaum. It was then rebuilt by Steve Schmalz of Performance Fabrication, with 39’ bodywork styled by aerodynamicist Ken Rappaport and power from a modified Cadillac V8 built by Courtney Hines’ Cad Company. Additional features include an air-shifted Liberty five-speed transmission, twin Garrett turbochargers, a liquid-to-air intercooler, a 10″ Winters quick-change rear end, inline front wheels, carbon fiber disc brakes, and dual parachutes. After completion in 2009, the car was driven to two SCTA class speed records at Bonneville by the seller and co-driver Kenny Hoover. In September 2010 it surpassed 408 mph in the flying mile and flying kilometer while being piloted by the seller at the FIA-timed Top Speed Shootout at Bonneville. It has been in storage for the last 10 years and will require a mechanical refresh before returning to the salt. In additional to gasoline, this streamliner is also capable of running on methanol or alternative fuel, and the seller has outlined suggested modifications to pursue higher speeds. It is now offered on a bill of sale in Redwood City, California with a collection of spare parts, as well as documentation of its construction and Bonneville achievements.
The original build utilized a drop tank from a McDonnell F-101 Voodoo jet fighter to form the nose cone and portions of the bodywork. The car was acquired without an engine in 2006 by the seller, who endeavored to transform it into a car capable of 400 mph. After experimenting with modifications to the existing body, the seller enlisted Steve Schmalz of Performance Fabrication in San Carlos, California to redesign and rebuild the structure, resulting in its current appearance.
The frame was rebuilt to a length of 39’ with a narrowed rear track of 20” and a tubular body measuring 29” in diameter. The revised shape and dimensions were designed by aerodynamicist Ken Rappaport, and new aluminum panels were fabricated by Schmalz’s team, though the nose cone was retained. Closeups of the bodywork are included in the photo gallery below, as are images of the vehicle with the outer panels removed.
Steel wheels were custom made by Taylor Wheels and are concealed within the bodywork. The front wheels are arranged in line to minimize the frontal area and are set at opposing camber. Two sets of wheels are included in the sale, along with an additional pair of rear wheels and several tires. The wheels are solid-mounted to the frame without a designated suspension system, and the chassis itself is utilized for dampening along with the tires. Stopping is handled by two parachutes, while carbon fiber disc brakes are in place at the rear wheels and help control wheelspin.
The cockpit is accessed via a forward-hinged canopy and contains a single ISP seat with a five-point Crow harness. A padded roll cage is integrated into the frame. A digital instrument screen is mounted on the underside of the canopy along with control switches, and when lowered sits behind a detachable MOMO steering wheel that had its top section cut off. A shaft connected to the steering wheel manually operates the steering mechanism, which turns the front wheels in tandem.
When campaigned at Bonneville the streamliner was powered by a range of Cadillac V8s built by Cad Company, with records set in two classes using 529ci and 484ci engines fueled by gasoline. A Cad Company-built V8 is currently installed, though according to the seller it will need to be gone through before the car can be returned to competition. Twin Garrett turbochargers force air through a custom liquid-to-air intercooler and into a custom Hogan intake manifold with 16 fuel injectors. Engine management is handled by a FAST unit redesigned to accommodate the added injectors, while ignition is via an electronic MSD system. A 120-quart water tank functions as a radiator, while a 120-quart ice tank is mounted onboard for the intercooler.
Power is transmitted to the rear wheels through an air-shifted Liberty five-speed transmission, as well as a Crower triple-disc clutch and a 10” Winters quick-change rear end. The transmission will need to be serviced, as will the rear end, which may have a crack in its housing. The seller notes that the car has been in storage for 10 years and will need inspection and attention to all systems before use.
After its 2009 build, the streamliner debuted in October of that year at the Bonneville World Finals and set a record of 330 mph in the AA/BGS class (Blown Gas Streamliner, 500ci and up), earning a 300-mph Club blue hat for driver Kenny Hoover. In August 2010 at Bonneville Speed Week, the seller also earned a blue hat while setting a record of 356 mph in the A/BGS class with a smaller engine and increasing the AA/BGS record to 348 mph.
The car was then invited to participate in the Top Speed Shootout at Bonneville, an FIA-timed meet set up by the USAC. After a 396-mph run, a broken exhaust valve and turbo failure with the 529ci engine necessitated a switch to the 484ci engine with smaller turbochargers. After three additional runs, the surviving 91mm turbo from the larger engine was installed after a failure of one of the 88mm turbos. With the mismatched boost configuration, the streamliner completed runs of 408.997 mph for the flying mile and 409.170 mph for the flying kilometer, with exit times in each direction of 414 mph and a top exit speed achieved at 415 mph. The times exceeded FIA class world records, but were not counted as official records since FIA rules at the time, which have since changed, stipulated times must better existing records by at least 1%. It is the only gasoline-powered car to surpass the 400-mph mark.
A certificate from the USAC verifies the times achieved at the Top Speed Shootout in 2010. The streamliner was last campaigned in 2011 before being placed in storage. It is accompanied by an extensive collection of spare parts and supplies, including rolling display stands and wooden bucks for displaying the bodywork. A list highlighting a selection of the spares is viewable in the gallery below, though many included small parts are not listed.
A selection of photos from the construction by Performance Fabrication is included in the gallery, along with images of the car on the salt at Bonneville. Additional photos from the build and images documenting the car’s Bonneville achievements will be included in the sale. The seller notes that he and other key team members (Steve Schmalz, Courtney Hines, and Ken Rappaport) have created plans for modifications aimed towards achieving 500 mph in the car, and several ideas are outlined in documents in the gallery. The seller also notes he is willing to drive the car or otherwise participate on the buyer’s team as a coach or backup driver if so desired. The other three key team members are also open to participating on the buyer’s team. The video attached below includes footage of the car surpassing the 400-mph barrier at the 2010 Top Speed Shootout.