Wicks successfully achieved the record on Tuesday October 9 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Northwestern Utah while driving a 2007 Dodge Charger built to NASCAR specifications. The new record shatters Wicks’ previous stock car world speed record of 222 miles per hour.
“I’m totally thrilled,” said Wicks. “It’s an amazing feeling to push yourself to the edge and emerge victorious. I couldn’t have done it without Autodesk and Dodge, who have supported me in my attempt from the very beginning.”
Wicks’ vehicle was developed with the backing of the Dodge Motorsports Engineering Group and Arrington Engines. Autodesk software was leveraged to make integral performance modifications.
Russ Wicks is the only living person to hold world speed records over 200 MPH on land and water.