Opel Rak 2 was the response to car makers to make a rocket powered car. Franz Von Opel assisted by Wilhelm Sander, a rocket scientist produced the Rak 1 in 1927.
In April 1928, equipped with solid fuel rockets, Rak 1 reached a record speed of 100kph (62mph) in just eight seconds. A radical modification and improvement turned it into Rak 2.
Opel Rak 2 was designed and equipped with 24 cluster powered rockets, which was to provide a 6000kg (13,228lb) of thrust. Rak 2, with the delight of onlookers reached a record of 238kph (148mph).
The Rak 2 was a headline maker and because of this achievement, General Motors bought Opel’s car making interest in 1928 at the sum of $66.7m.
Place of Origin: Russelshiem, Germany.
Historical Status: Speed record Car
Engine: Record Propulsion
Maximum Power: unknown
Layout: Rocket propulsion unit to the rear
Body Work: single seater racer
Top Speed: 238kph (48mph)
Number built: one