We know about setting outright land speed records – we’ve set three at 663.468MPH, 714.144MPH and 763.032MPH (Mach 1.02).

We know very little about setting records on water. 

Join us to follow our research and testing program to determine whether we can attempt to add the outright water speed record to that list of achievements.

It’s the most difficult and dangerous record of all so success is not guaranteed – but that’s part of the challenge.

Spirit of Australia


The current WSR of 317.596mph was set by Australian Ken Warby back in 1978. That the record has stood for so long indicates both the danger and the difficulty involved in mounting a challenge. Since that record was set, two other challengers – Lee Taylor and Craig Arfons have died in the process.

With other projects well advanced  – one of them Ken’s son Dave Warby who is building on his father’s huge experience  – and with no previous background ourselves breaking records on water, we have to start from first principles and carry out extensive research and testing before finalising and building what we believe will be a safe and fast hydroplane.

Only 14 teams have officially tried to break the WSR with 6 pilots (plus a riding mechanic) dying in the process. With a fatality rate close to 50% it would therefore be foolish in the extreme to do anything other than to proceed with maximum research and risk mitigation efforts. To help us produce a truly innovative design we have access to advanced technologies and resources not available to earlier challengers. Only when we have finished the research and completed our analysis will we go ahead with the build program.

Before ThrustWSH is built and ready to run we fully expect the record to have been raised to somewhere close to 400mph.


Our target is to set an officially ratified two way average speed of 400+mph over a measured mile or kilometre


and keep up to speed …