First publishedon www.WorldHighways.com
has set a new speed record, with a tractor. The firm modified one of its own Fastrac models for the record attempt, carried out at Elvington Airfield in the UK. Motorcycle racer Guy Martin took to the wheel of the heavily modified tractor, which was able to clock a speed of 165.76km/h (103.6mph). Aerodynamic improvements to the machine had been added by Williams Advanced Engineering.
JCB previously set a World Land Speed record in 2006 with its DieselMax Streamliner. Twin diesel engines powered the vehicle to 560km/h (350mph) at Bonneville Salt Flats, with RAF pilot Andy Green at the wheel.