Mickey Thompson’s Son to Attempt New Land Speed Record

Chip Foose's rending of the Mickey Thompson Challenger 2.5.

Like father, like son. Danny Thompson, Mickey Thompson’s son and an accomplished racer and innovator in his own right, will present the details of his plans to complete the restoration of his fathers’ Challenger 2.5, building the fastest piston-powered car in the world. Thompson plans to exceed the existing internal combustion wheel-driven land speed record of 417.020 mph with a goal of more than 420 mph by the summer of 2012.

The Challenger 2 was Mickey Thompson’s innovative design to achieve his dream of building the fastest piston-powered car in the world. The fully restored vehicle in the form of the Challenger 2.5 using custom-designed Mickey Thompson tires represents Danny Thompson’s unfailing dedication to fulfill his father’s dream, honor his father’s memory and make motorsports history. It was 1960 when Mickey Thompson became known as, “the fastest man on earth,” after breaking the 400mph barrier when he hit 406.60 mph besting the existing one-way land speed record of 402mph.

Danny Thompson and the Mickey Thompson team will speak about the project Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 4:15 p.m. to 4:35 p.m. in the Mickey Thompson SEMA booth. For regular updates leading up to the show, visit http://www.mickeythompsontires.com/sema.  

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