Driver Mark Newby is a qualified pilot with air racing and aerobatics experience as well a drag racer of some repute. He began working with team partner Colin Fallows after being short-listed to drive Richard Noble's Thrust SSC. He lives near Oxford with his wife Wendy and their ten-year-old son Lee.
Colin Fallows is one of the UK's most experienced drag racers and pioneer of UK jet car technology. The ex-RAF jet propulsion technician designed and built the UK Record Holding afterburning jet dragsters Split Second and Vampire. Colin lives in Northampton with his wife, Jan. He's a grandfather of four.
Vampire is driven by Colin Fallows and weighs 2,200 lbs. The car is 30 feet long and drinks 7-10 gallons per mile of fuel. It accelerates at 0-272 in six seconds and is powered by a Rolls Royce Orpheus jet engine. The car is theoretically capable of 370mph. Colin and Vampire hold the Outright British Land Speed Record of 300.3mph.
Split Second is driven by Mark Newby and is lighter than Vampire at 1500 lbs. It’s 33 feet long, and also uses 7-10 gallons per mile of fuel. Split Second can accelerate to 300mph in six seconds, and is powered by a recent model Rolls Royce Viper engine. In the correct conditions, Split Second could be capable of over 370 mph. Mark and Split Second hold the Standing Start Record for ¼ mile and 500m.
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