Jesse James might be known for his bad bikes and monster machines, but when he set his sights on the world land speed record for hydrogen powered vehicles, he didnâ€™t take no for an answer.
After reworking the body on the Dees Milodon Engineering Davis B Streamliner and packing in a 572-cubic-inch Chevy big block, Jesse took it to the salt flats and set a new record speed of 199.7 mph. (Just shy of his goal of 200 mph.)
When asked about the project and why he didnâ€™t just build a car from scratch, Jesse said (in a very Jesse way) â€œI think itâ€™s way cooler to take an old hunk of shit that many considered useless and make it haul ass. It has built-in soul and history. Plus, itâ€™s recycling.â€
Other details include a Liberty airshifted 5-speed transmission, Winters quick-change differential, and three tanks to hold hydrogen at an impressive 5,000 PSI. In all, it makes more than 780 horsepower and 900 foot-pounds of torque.
â€œIâ€™m not so blinded by the things I build that I canâ€™t see change is needed,â€ he said. â€œIâ€™m in love with anything with wheels and a big engine. I hope my son will be able to love the same things. Theyâ€™ll just be running on a different kind of gas.â€