JCB cements title as the world’s fastest tractor


JCB has cemented its title as the world’s fastest tractor, with a stripped down and performance-enhanced JCB Fastrac Two setting a new world record, clocking an average speed of 135mph (217.6km/h)

Now officially dubbed the world’s fastest tractor, the feat was officially ratified by a team from Guinness World Records, who registered a peak speed of 153.771mph (247km/h) and an average speed of 135mph (217.6km/h) over the two one-kilometre runs.

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Designed and built by a team of JCB engineers in Staffordshire, the tractor secured the title at Elvington Airfield in York with motorbike racer and lorry mechanic, Guy Martin, at the wheel. 

JCB set the previous benchmark in June when Fastrac One recorded an average speed of 103.6mph (166km/h).

Both tractors are based on standard JCB Fastrac tractors, which are sold throughout the world.

Powered by JCB’s 7.2-litre, six-cylinder Dieselmax engine, peak power was measured at 1016hp backed up by more than 2500Nm of torque in combination with high-performance racing diesel.

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JCB chairman Lord Bamford praised the team’s amazing achievement. 

"When we reached 103.6mph with the Fastrac in the summer, I was convinced we could go even faster and the JCB team has risen to the challenge by setting this new record," he says.

"It’s an amazing achievement delivered by a young and enthusiastic engineering team."

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