Record-breaking TV presenter and engineer Guy Martin has claimed another title after smashing the British speed record – for tractors.
Motorbike racer Martin hit the heady heights of 103.6mph at the wheel of a specially adapted JCB Fastrac at Elvington Airfield, near York.
The new speed shattered the previous record of 87.27mph set by Top Gear in 2018.
Martin set the record in a JCB developed for the attempt by JCB’s engineers with help from Williams Advanced Engineering. Based on the Staffordshire maker’s Fastrac farm tractor, the record-breaking machine is powered by a 7.2 litre, six-cylinder diesel engine with 1,000hp and 1,844lb/ft of torque.
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Martin said: “It has been a great day with the JCB at Elvington, proper job with some right proper engineers. She felt rock steady on the runway, job’s a peach.”
The project was started by JCB chairman Lord Bamford, who commented: “We’ve long harboured a dream to attempt a speed record with the Fastrac and the whole team has worked tirelessly to achieve this amazing result.
“I’m extremely proud of what they have achieved in such a short space of time. It is British engineering at its best and it really does highlight the skills and innovation we have in our engineering team. They have done a truly fantastic job.”
As well as his latest tractor record, Martin holds Guinness world speed records for the fastest gravity-powered snow sled and soapbox racer, the highest speed achieved on the wall of death, and the British hovercraft speed record.
While the Fastrac holds the British speed record for tractors it is some way off JCB’s other speed record, set by its DieselMax streamliner in 2006.
That vehicle, powered by two JCB DieselMax engines still holds the diesel land speed record with a recorded speed of 350.092mph, set on Bonneville Salt Flats.