American Challenge Technologies is a team of innovative technical engineers and motorsport professionals.  ACT's engineers have extensive experience ranging from optimizing vehicles that set world speed records to designing a ground up supercar.

Russ Wicks - Founder

Russ Wicks is the only living person to hold world speed records over 200 MPH on land and water.  He has been featured on ESPN, Speed TV, National Geographic, the Discovery Channel; included in the Guinness World Records Book; and also appeared on the cover of WIRED Magazine.

  • 220+ mph in Indy Car, NASCAR, NHRA Dragster and Hydroplane
  • Broke 38-year old WSR for prop-boats @ 205 mph (1-mile average)
  • Broke 34-year old WSR for fastest NASCAR @ 234 mph (1-mile average)
  • Top speed 249 mph in NASCAR spec stock car at Bonneville, October 2007

As an experienced businessman, Russ Wicks created and implemented marketing and business development programs for leading corporations, including Autodesk, Chrysler, EDS, and Hewlett-Packard.

Wicks has focused on developing several revolutionary speed record vehicles.  This included working with some of the world's top engineers.  Future plans are to break the electric powered world land speed record, as well as the diesel record using biodiesel.

Derk Hartland - Engineering Director

  • Engineering Design Manager on Saleen S7 production and race car.
  • Aerodynamics, chassis/suspension development, and simulation.

Todd Putnam - Senior Powertrain Engineer

  • Senior Calibration Engineer at Saleen (Ford SEMA Program QCM).
  • Calibrated vehicle systems for certification and engineering including EPA/CARB certification.