Famed racer, fabricator, and speed freak Jessi Combs, unfortunately, died in a crash while attempting to set a new land speed record in Oregon. Known by fans as the “fastest woman on four wheels”, she was only 39 years old when her jet-powered car crashed in the Alvord Desert. Details about the accident have not been released just yet, but an investigation into the cause of the crash is already underway.
“Jessi’s most notable dream was to become the fastest woman on Earth, a dream she had been chasing since 2012. Combs was one of the rare dreamers with the bravery to turn those possibilities into reality, and she left this earth driving faster than any other woman in history,” her family said in a statement.
Combs had initially set the four-wheeled women's land speed record in 2013 by going nearly 398 mph (641 km/h) driving the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger. She subsequently beat it in again in 2016 after breaking 440 mph (708 km/h). In her last attempt, she tried to beat her previous top speed record of 483 mph (778 km/h) set in 2018.
Her ultimate goal was to beat the women's land-speed record of 512.7 mph (825 km/h) set in 1976 by Kitty O'Neil.
Aside from going very, very fast, Combs was also a skilled fabricator. She also made numerous television appearances such as in Overhaulin' and All Girls Garage. She is more popularly known, however, for being one of the hosts of Mythbusters, replacing Kari Byron on several episodes.
Her family states that a celebration of Jessi's life is already being planned. Furthermore, a foundation will be created in order to continue her efforts of empowering women and young girls to follow her footsteps in the mostly male-dominated world of racing and motorsports.