JCB has hit the headlines once again and the reason is a little bizarre again. This time, a man drove a JCB tractor so fast that he ended up setting a new Guinness World Record. Yes, lorry mechanic and motorcycle racer Guy Martin rode the JCB tractor at a whopping speed of 217 Km/h. The Guinness World Record website says that Martin initially broke the record by attaining a new record of 166.79 Km/h before going faster by reaching 217 km/h.
It seems that the record for the fastest tractor in the world is quite an honorable award these days. Back in 2018, Top Gear first set a world record in that discipline by doing 87.27 miles per hour (140.44 kilometers per hour) at the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in the United Kingdom. This summer, motorcycle racer and TV presenter Guy Martin took down that record with a JBL Fastrac 8000 tractor, modified to hit 103.6 mph (166.72 kph) on Yorkshire’s Elvington Airfield. That wasn’t enough for the British engineering company and Martin and the team decided to try and reach even higher speeds.
Under the hood of the world’s fastest tractor
The machine is powered by a modified JCB 7.2 litre, 6-cylinder Dieselmax engine, outputting 1,016 hp with more than 1,844 foot-pounds of torque. Despite the machine’s remarkable power output, it achieves more than 2.13 km per litre, allowing it to accomplish its high-speed runs with a 20-litre fuel tank. And while the engine is able to run on vegetable oil, a high-performance racing diesel was used for the record attempts.
“The biggest challenges have included aerodynamics, reducing weight and improving performance. Getting a five-tonne tractor to safely reach 150 mph, and stop again, is not an easy task, but we’re all so proud to have not only reached these goals but to have exceeded them.”
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JCB is no stranger to speed records. In 2006, its twin-engined Dieselmax streamliner set a diesel land speed record of 563.27 km per hour on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. The record stands to this day.