JCB’s Fastrac Two claims title of world’s fastest tractor

After hitting a two-way average speed of 218.73kph
by TopGear.com | Nov 18, 2019
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JCB has broken the record for the world’s fastest tractor. Its Fastrac Two hit a two-way average of 135.91mph (218.73kph) at Elvington Airfield in York. The run eclipses the previous record-breaking speed of 103.6mph ( 166.73kph), which was set back in June this year with JCB’s Fastrac One.

Changes over the One include a more streamlined body, and lowering the tractor’s overall weight by 10%. Indeed, the peak speed recorded one-way was 153.771mph (247.47kph).

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The Fastrac is based on a “standard, commercially available JCB Fastrac,” and the record was certified by Guinness World Records, which confirmed the tractor had completed two runs in either direction through a speed trap set 1km apart, within the allotted time.

“Getting a five-ton tractor to safely reach 150mph, and stop again, is not an easy task,” said JCB’s innovation and growth officer Tim Burnhope, “but we’re all so proud to have not only reached these goals, but to have exceeded them.”

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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