World’s Fastest Air Car

World’s Fastest Air Car

Lompoc, Calif.—It’s not where anyone would expect to find a research lab—a small hillside ranch and vineyard at the end of a half-paved road in the northern, rural part of California’s Santa Barbara County. Even if you get through the front gate, it’s easy to drive right past where all the mad science is going on. After all, it’s just a pole barn, and, from the outside, it looks overstuffed with enough hay to feed the ranch’s five horses for a year. But behind that hay is where Derek McLeish, with occasional help from his three brothers, has built and continues to develop the world’s fastest car powered by compressed air.