On June 21, British industrial equipment manufacturer JCB didn’t just set a new tractor speed record. They straight-up SMOKED it.
With former motorcycle racer and current TV presenter Guy Martin behind the wheel, the 1,000 horsepower Fastrac 8000 got up to 103.6 MPH during its record-setting run at Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire, England. To give you some context, the previous record was set in March 2018, when Top Gear’s Track-Tor reached speeds of 87.27 MPH. Yeah. it wasn’t even close.
A quick look at the specs of the ridiculously tricked-out Fastrac, which was constructed by a team of JCB engineers over the course of several months, will show that this tractor was painstakingly constructed to absolutely demolish the competition. Of course, it didn’t hurt that JCB got a little bit of assistance from the Williams Formula One team.
Based on the Staffordshire maker’s Fastrac farm tractor, the record-breaking tractor is powered by JCB’s 7.2 liter, 6-cylinder DieselMax engine produced at its factory in Derbyshire. 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.
JCB Chairman Anthony Bamford came up with the idea to make a line of tractors that were both fast and still capable of doing farm work, so, needless to say, he was pretty pumped about the results.
“We’ve long harbored 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,” Lord Bamford said.
“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.”
Bamford ain’t lying. It’s a fantastic job, no doubt. But, I’d still like to see an American company go toe-to-toe with JCB and attempt to take snatch that speed record. Sure, it wouldn’t be the most…revolutionary war, but it’d be damn fun to watch.