There are all sorts of speed records out there and usually they involve heavily modified vehicles. This is no exception, but the vehicle in question is a bit odd for a speed record. It’s a turbocharged JCB Fastrac 8000 tractor.
Most of the time when you see a tractor it’s moseying through a field or slowing traffic to a crawl on a country road. Not this tractor. The JCB Fastrac has a 7.2-liter diesel engine that produces 1,000 horsepower with 1,843 lb-ft of torque. It makes the average muscle car look tame.
Guy Martin decided to set a Guinness World Record for the fastest modified tractor, and he did it not once, but twice. It started with some unique training. This included Martin spending time driving a VR version of his ride.
He then headed to the Elvington Airfield in York to go for the record. He hit an impressive 103.6 mph setting a Guinness World Record. That’s a frighteningly fast speed to hit behind the wheel of a car on a track, and yet Martin pulls it off in a tractor.
Four months later, Martin was back at it because he thought he could do better. Turns out that with a few additional modifications was able to hit 135.1 mph.
If this all sounds a bit crazy, you should peruse Martin’s YouTube channel. In some ways, this is one of his tamer stunts. He has a serious thing for speed. He’s attempted 12 world speed records and managed to break four. Driving a tractor at 100 mph is just a typical day for this atypical guy.
His YouTube channel, though fascinating, is basically a giant list of “Don’t Try This at Home!” videos. Yes, you’re going to want to try, but it’s a horrible idea. Stick to driving your tame little muscle car on a track and leave the truly crazy stuff to this guy.