Guinness World Records Officially Names Jessi Combs ‘Fastest Woman on Earth’

It’s official. Jessi Combs is now the world’s fastest woman. She broke the record during her fatal attempt last year. Dubbed the “Fastest Woman on Four Wheels”, she was attempting to exceed 512 mph. Now, the Guinness Book of World Records has certified that Combs reached 522.783 mph before the crash.

The previous record was 512.710 mph, set by Kitty O’Neil. Previous to that run, Combs also set the women’s land speed record on October 9, 2013, with an official run of 398.95 mph, breaking the previously held record of 308.51 mph held by Lee Breedlove.

According to Harney County Sheriff’s Office, the deadly crash was “most likely caused from striking an object on the desert” causing a failure of the wheel assembly and a subsequent complete loss of control.

Although the record was awarded posthumously, Combs today achieved her goal and it is a title well deserved.