The world's fastest woman

Published: 31 December 2008

This is Leslie Porterfield, the fastest woman in America.

Porterfield, from Dallas, claimed three land speed records at Bonneville Salt Flats earlier this year and has just been named the AMA Racing Female Rider of the Year.

She achieved a top speed of 234.197mph riding her turbo Suzuki Hayabusa and became the first woman to enter the Bonneville 200mph club on a conventional bike.

"I was thrilled to death to set the records," she said. "I never would have thought this year would have been so amazing, especially after what happened last year."

The 2002 Hayabusa has been heavily modified by Scott Horner of Head's Up Performance and Rhys Griffiths of Apex Speed Technologies. The bike is turbocharged, has one-off Airtech bodywork, a lock-up clutch and a power enhancing ECU from Apex.

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  • Leslie Porterfield on her custom Hayabusa