TV presenter Guy Martin has helped JCB set a new record for the world’s fastest tractor as part of his latest TV show.
The presenter, mechanic, bike racer and serial record-setter broke his own world record of 103.6mph in a new attempt for the Channel 4 documentary Guy Martin: The World’s Fastest
Over a series of runs at Elvington Airfield in York, Martin hit an average speed of 135.191mph in the JCB Fastrac Two, reaching a peak of 153.77mph on one run.
Fastrac Two was a development of the original record-setting Fastrac created by a team from heavy plant firm JCB. Both are based on standard, commercially available JCB tractor but the latest model is 10 per cent lighter and more streamlined than the original model, allowing it to extend the record speed significantly.
Guy Martin said: “This has been a massive undertaking, and I was a very small cog in the machine. It was a proper privilege to be involved, so thank you very much to JCB and its engineering team, who got this tractor absolutely spot-on. Just look at it, they get stuff done, it’s brilliant, and it is still a working tractor, so could have gone straight into the nearest field to put in a shift.”
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JCB chairman Lord Bamford praised the “amazing achievement” of the engineers who helped create the record-breaking tractor.
He said: “When we reached 103.6mph with the Fastrac in the summer, I was convinced we could go even faster, and the JCB team has risen to the challenge by setting this new record. It’s an amazing achievement delivered by a young and enthusiastic engineering team. Everyone involved should be very proud of the part they have played in showing off British engineering at its very best.”
The record-breaking attempt was overseen by Guinness World Records, who confirmed that the JCB Fastrac completed two runs, in either direction through a speed trap set 1km apart, within the allotted time, to set the 135.191mph record.
JCB chief innovation and growth officer Tim Burnhope said: “Fastrac One really proved to us that there are no limits to what a young and dynamic engineering team can achieve. So we pushed boundaries and ideas, and looked at all aspects of the project to find solutions and make improvements. The biggest challenges have included aerodynamics, reducing weight and improving performance – getting a five-tonne tractor to safely reach 150mph, 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.”