Stig from Top Gear drove the tractor to a record speedMarch 23, 2018
The regular participant of the television show Top Gear – Stig – set a new record for the Guinness Book, accelerating on the tractor to 140.44 kilometers per hour. The race took place at the testing ground of Brantingthorpe, the former airfield of the Royal Air Force of Great Britain.
In the first attempt, the Stig could accelerate to 147.93 kilometers per hour, in the second – up to 132.97 kilometers per hour. The average value of 140.44 kilometers per hour was recorded as a new speed record for modified tractors.
For the record-breaking race, the tractor prepared by the Top Gear team was equipped with a 5.7-liter V8 engine from Chevrolet with a capacity of 507 horsepower, adjustable air suspension and brakes on all wheels.
The previous record was set by the Finnish racer Juha Kankkunenn in February 2015. Four-time world champion in rally driving a 7.7-ton Valtra T234 tractor, equipped with a 250 horsepower engine and 1000 Nm of torque, was able to accelerate to 130.165 kilometers per hour.