You might think that having an all-wheel-drive Tesla or a Nissan GT-R that does 60 MPH in the two second range is big-time stuff. I mean, it is pretty cool and all, but it seems pretty small potatoes when you compare it to what a man named Francois Gissy can do.
The same Frenchman who strapped a rocket to the back of a pedal bike wowed us again back in September 2017, but this time with a water-powered tricycle at the Circuit Paul Ricard located at Le Castellet in France. This bad boy is powered by a carbon fiber water tank that’s pressurized to 6,000 psi. When the 35 gallons of water is released all at once, the trike can do 0-62 mph in just over a half-second. That’s five times quicker than the $2.5 million Bugatti Chiron. No doubt, it’s at least five times as scary, too.
Per François Gissy:
Many of us had the opportunity to launch small rockets made from soda bottles filled with water and compressed air. Using this very simple principle and with some rainwater, I have reached 261 km/h (162.2 mph) on a homemade trike, while accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h (62.15 mph) in 0.551 second (the average acceleration during the first 852 milliseconds, which was the elapsed time needed to cover the first 60 feet (18.288 meters), was 50.3868 metres per second squared or 5.138 g).
Not sure what kind of insurance this guy has, but there is no way he’s got a policy that covers a stunt this insane. He’s a pro though, so everything ended up working out. You’re not a pro. So, on the off chance that you have a pressurized carbon fiber tank just lying around in your garage, don’t be trying something like this at home.