British industrial equipment manufacturer JCB has just set the record for 'World's fastest tractor' with a little help from—the Williams F1 team!?
Yes, it was none other than the vaunted Formula One constructor that restyled the body to give it some actual aerodynamics, allowing it to better cut through the air.
The real achievement is the engine, though, a 7.2-litre diesel straight-six that produces 1,843 lb.-ft. of torque and 1,000 horsepower.
Special modifications were made to the engine to increase cooling, and the CVT transmission was swapped out for a six-speed wet-clutch unit from a lorry.
To complete the record, they would need a steely-eyed missile man who laughs in the face of danger, and former motorcycle racer Guy Martin was just the person to do it. Martin managed to get the massive tractor up to 103.6 mph (166.7 km/h), beating the previous record of 87.27 mph (140.4 km/h) set by the Top Gear
crew in March 2018.
'She felt rock-steady on the runway, job's a peach,' Martin said. JCB chairman Lord Anthony Bamford was quite excited about the whole thing, too.
'We've long harboured a dream to attempt a speed record with the Fastrac and the whole team has worked tirelessly to achieve this amazing result,' he said. 'I'm extremely proud of what they have achieved in such a short space of time.'
JCB is actually no stranger to world records: in 2006 its DieselMax streamliner reached 350.092 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats, setting a new diesel land speed record.
The entire effort will be encapsulated in a documentary, to be released later this year.