JCB has set a new British speed record for tractors. The UK manufacturer achieved the feat with its high-speed Fastrac tractor.
The Fastrac notched up 103.6mph with TV presenter and engineering guru Guy Martin behind the wheel. The time outstripped the previous 87.27mph record set in March 2018 by Top Gear’s Track-Tor.
Mr Martin said it had been a “great day” with the JCB team at Elvington.
JCB engineers have been working in secret to develop the tractor and JCB Chairman Lord Bamford has praised their “amazing achievement”.
He said: “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. I’m extremely proud of what they have achieved in such a short space of time.
‘‘It is British engineering at its best and it really does highlight the skills and innovation we have in our engineering team. They have done a truly fantastic job.’’
It was Lord Bamford’s idea to develop a tractor which had a high road speed capable of field work and the speed record achieved came exactly 28 years to the day since the first production model rolled off the line.
In 2006, the JCB DieselMax streamliner set a new diesel land speed record when it reached 350.092mph on Bonneville Salt Flats in the USA. That record still stands.
The Fastrac tractor is powered by JCB’s 7.2 litre, 6-cylinder DieselMax engine produced at its factory in Derbyshire. It is capable of delivering 1,000hp and 2,500Nm of torque, the Fastrac had been put on a diet and had its aerodynamics enhanced with the help of Williams Advanced Engineering.