British enginnering firm JCB has bult the world’s fastest tractor, and who better to helm the wheel than motorcycle racer and thrill seeker Guy Martin? He’s already got records for the the fastest speed on a gravity-powered snow sled (83.49 mph), the fastest soapbox (85.61 mph) and highest speed on a Wall of Death (78.15 mph). For his latest stunt, Guy aimed to set a new tractor speed record not once, but twice, at the wheel of a JCB Fastrac (normal top speed of 41 mph). Read more for the video and additional information.
This is no ordinary tractor, as the standard engine has been replaced with a modified JCB engine generating over 1,000 hp, mated to a new six-speed transmission. A smaller, more aerodynamic cab has also been installed, along with a new aluminum bonnet, additional bodywork, including a revised front bumper, side panniers, rear diffuser, underbody pan as well as a lighter chassis. Guy initially achieved a new record of 103.64 mph before going even faster by reaching 135.191 mph.
It doesn’t feel like a tractor [to drive]. From the outside it looks like a tractor but it doesn’t to sit in and it doesn’t go anything like a tractor. You have a five-point harness, there’s no radio, there’s no cup holder, no fridge. Most tractors have fridge and air con. It doesn’t have autosteer on it,” said Guy.