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Soapbox World Speed Record Set by Guy Martin

Guy Martin Gravity Racer

Guy Martin has set the world record for the highest speed set by a gravity racer.

Using a racer designed by Sheffield Hallam University, he achieved and average speed over a measured 100m of 85.612mph (137.779kph) with a racer weighing 200Kg at Mont Ventoux.

The benchmark has been set. To set the world record, you need to beat 85.6mph over 100m with a racer that is 200Kg or less. 

There will doubtless be many attempts at this over the coming months, and it seems that Guy's record is unlikely to stand for long, but that doesn't take anything away from the skill of the team that achieved this tremendous speed. Congratulations to all involved.

For more information about the work that went in to the record attempt, see the Engineering Sport web site.

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Scottish Team Set New Gravity Speed Record

An unnofficial world gravity speed record has been set during testing of new gravity racer in Scotland.

Speeds in excess of 80mph were achieved during testing last weekend, with a maximum speed of 87.4mph being recorded by the team from the University of Caledonia.

Taking advantage of pleasant spring weather, the team had headed up to the Highlands to do a spot of testing and originally planned to just do a few test runs to prepare for the official attempt that is scheduled for the beginning of June.

"We did a couple of 'sighter' runs to get used to the conditions", said team leader Rolf Lapio. "The racer handled really well so we decided to push a bit and see what we could get out of her. We knew she'd be fast, but we didn't realise quite how fast! It's a brilliant start. Obviously we need to repeat this under controlled conditions and with independent verification to claim a record, and we're really looking forward to the official attempt in June. Our calculations show that we should be able to do well over 90mph".

Video verification of the fastest run has been uploaded to youtube.


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