JCB Sets a Speed Record for Tractors
JCB has set a new British speed record for tractors with its Fastrac tractor. It notched up 103.6 mph (166.72 km/h) at Elvington Airfield, near York, with TV presenter and engineering guru Guy Martin behind the wheel.
“It had 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,” he said.
A team of JCB engineers has been working on the secret project to develop the tractor over the past few months and JCB chairman Lord Bamford praised their “amazing achievement.” It was Lord Bamford’s idea to develop a tractor which had a high road speed capable of field work and the speed record came exactly 28 years to the day since the first production model rolled off the line.
JCB is no stranger to land speed records. In 2006, its DieselMax streamliner set a new diesel land speed record when it reached 350.092 mph (563.42 km//h) on Bonneville Salt Flats using 2 JCB DieselMax engines.That record still stands to this day.
Based on the Fastrac farm tractor, the record-breaking tractor is powered by JCB’s 7.2 l DieselMax I6 engine. Capable of delivering 1,000 hp, the Fastrac had been put on a diet and had its aerodynamics enhanced with the help of Williams Advanced Engineering.
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