British industrial gear producer JCB has damaged the highest velocity document for tractors, hitting 103.6 miles per hour in a modified model of its Fastrac 8000. In case you forgot, the earlier document of 87 mph was set by none aside from High Gear‘s 500-horsepower “Monitor-tor.”
Inbuilt secret over the previous a number of months, this speedy farming machine is powered by a 7.2-liter, six-cylinder diesel engine producing 1,000 horsepower and 1,843 pound-feet of torque. In response to Farmer’s Weekly, the common Agco CVT transmission has been changed by a lorry-spec six-speed ZF guide. It is also been lightened and had its aerodynamics labored on with help from Williams Superior Engineering. Sure, the identical crew behind the Components 1 workforce of the identical identify.
Hitting triple-digit speeds on Yorkshire’s Elvington Airfield, the modified Fastrac was pushed by motorbike racer and TV presenter Man Martin.
“It had been a terrific day with the JCB at Elvington, correct job with some proper correct engineers. She felt rock regular on the runway, job’s a peach,” Martin exclaimed.
And do not assume modifying a tractor to hit illegal-on-the-highway speeds was the scheme of some rebellious, skunkworks engineer. The entire thing was apparently JCB chairman Lord Bamford’s concept.
“We have lengthy harbored a dream to try a velocity document with the Fastrac and the entire workforce has labored tirelessly to realize this wonderful consequence,” mentioned Lord Bamford. “I am extraordinarily pleased with what they’ve achieved in such a brief area of time. It’s British engineering at its greatest and it actually does spotlight the talents and innovation now we have in our engineering workforce. They’ve carried out a very improbable job.”
A documentary on JCB’s record-breaking tractor will air within the U.Okay. on Channel four later this yr. Within the meantime, here is High Gear‘s Matt LeBlanc and Chris Harris tooling round within the earlier document holder.