Opel RAK2

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The Opel RAK2 is a rocket-powered vehicle from the German car maker Opel. It was used for experimentally and for publicity purposes at the Berlin AVUS in 1928.

On 23rd May 1928, Fritz von Opel (known as "Rocket Fritz") dove the car at 238km/h, setting a world speed record.


The test vehicle was powered by 24 solid-fuel rockets provided by the company of Friedrich Wilhelm Sander, which were mounted in the rear. Before ignition, the rockets held 120 kilograms (260 lb) of propellant. The chassis was from an Opel model 80 passenger car. Large lateral stabilization wing provided aerodynamic down-force.


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