Can North America Recapture the World Land Speed Record?

In Geomagic’s Booth E-5422, racer Ed Shadle and Keith Zanghi detail the 12-year effort of their group, North American Eagle, to recapture the world land speed record. The group adapted an F-104 fighter jet to try to surpass the world record of 763 miles per hour set by the British in 1997.

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In Geomagic’s Booth E-5422, racer Ed Shadle and Keith Zanghi detail the 12-year effort of their group, North American Eagle, to recapture the world land speed record. The group adapted an F-104 fighter jet to try to surpass the world record of 763 miles per hour set by the British in 1997.

Shadle, who holds personal auto racing records from the 1980s, talks about his inspiration for the project and the engineering challenges the group has faced. He says Geomagic Studio software helped his team shape the design of the rebuilt jet for aerodynamically optimal contours. By converting the point cloud data that emerges from 3D scanning into surface data, Geomagic Studio created the watertight 3D data necessary for the complex engineering analyses essential to rebuilding the 45,500-hp vehicle.

The North American Eagle team are appearing with Geomagic at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, and 9 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 13.