Absolute Land Speed Record

Our Goal: To bring the absolute land speed record back to the United States after a 39 year absence.

Our objectives on the Absolute Land Speed Record Project are:

With this in mind, it gives us the opportunity to create a new hope that the United States can still be a player in the world of absolute land speed records.

What is a land speed record?

The land speed record (or absolute land speed record) is the highest speed achieved by a wheeled vehicle on land. The record is standardized as the speed over a course of a surveyed one-mile timed mile, averaged over two runs (commonly called "passes"). Two runs are required in opposite directions within one hour. Authority for validation of the land speed record will be the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA).

Dry lake venues:

Absolute Land Speed Record - Blackbird

Project Blackbird

The courses we will test and attempt a land speed record are at Alvord Desert in Oregon, Diamond Valley in Nevada and others. Courses have to be sufficient length to accelerate the car to speed and most importantly to decelerate safely.

The Car:

Construction: Hybrid Carbon, Aluminum and Docol R8 High Strength Steel
Engine: Two ZERO EMISSIONS Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) Rocket-Green engines
With its simple packaging, low drag coefficient and excellent power-to-weight ratio, it has the potential to set the new absolute land speed record.


The car and its components are tested using computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis prior to the actual test driving of the car. The car is then test driven in gradual stages up to the record speed. Car and driver will have the latest FIA and SFI approved safety equipment.

The Team:

Bill Marquardt

Bill Marquardt – Driver, has an extensive background in motorsports and has provided driver training and vehicle development for several automobile manufacturers. He has served on the technical inspection committee for Championship Auto Racing Teams; Bill also had the same position in Sports Car Club of America and National Auto Sport Association. He is an active driver with 98 road racing victories and several track records. Bill competed in NASCAR Grand-Am Series and has a National Auto Sports Association competition license. He also has a DOT-FAA private pilot license.

Ray Dausman

Ray Dausman – Rocket Specialist co-designed the Absolute Land Speed World Record "Blue Flame" Rocket Engine.

Darren Grove

Darren Grove – Aeronautical Engineer.Darren Grove Aeronautical Engineer. Darren Grove Aeronautical Engineer.

Mark Grubelich

Mark Grubelich – Retired as a Distinguished R&D engineer from Sandia National Laboratories. Mark does consulting in Mechanical, Aerospace and Explosives Engineering.

Nathan Marks

Nathan Marks – Engineering Consultant & Public Relations, Army 2LT Nathan K. Marks, is a Mechanical Engineer with extensive experience in the aerospace sector. Being involved with NASA LUCY Mission, while being a member of the prestigious Explorers Club.

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Scott Meyer – Rocket Specialist, Mechanical Engineer and Managing Director Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories Purdue University.

Scott Parazynski

Scott Parazynski – Astronaut (ret.) United States Astronaut Hall of Fame inductee — Human Factors Design Engineer, the only person to have flown in space and summited Mt. Everest, physician and pilot.

Jojo Sayson

Jojo Sayson – Human Performance Consultant, Scientist/Co-Investigator NASA IVD Team for the International Space Station, President, Project Michelangelo Foundation and Fellow National, The Explorers Club.

Carson Slabaugh

Carson Slabaugh – Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Purdue University. Expertise: Propulsion and Combustion.

Waldo Stakes

Waldo Stakes – Land Speed Record Specialist involved in 39 Land Speed Records. Waldo Stakes - Land Speed Record Specialist

Mark Ventura

Mark Ventura – Owner of Ventura Energy Systems, LLC. Mark Ventura - Owner of Ventura Energy Systems, LLC.

Purdue Design and Advisory Team:

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World speed record consultants:

Special thanks to:


This quote puts this project in perspective:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out where the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with dust and sweat and blood. At best, he knows the triumph of high achievement; if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.
— Theodore Roosevelt.

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities:

Contact Bill Marquardt for sponsorship.