This JCB tractor just set a new record with a 160km/h top speed!


Can you even imagine doing such a thing? Often times, driving past one on the road, I can’t help but wonder what these guys go through; driving in an exposed cockpit doing 40-50 km/h.

Of course, such a special feat requires a special kind of human and in this case, the record was set by none other than daredevil, Guy Martin; well known for his exploits in the extremely dangerous and life-risking Isle of Man race.

The tractor, worked on by the those behind the Williams F1 Team, develops 1,000 hp and an incredible 2,500 Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed manual ZF transmission that replaced the tractor’s original CVT gearbox.

With such immense power from a 7.2-litre 6-cylinder diesel engine, the tractor recorded a top speed of 166.7 km/h; smashing the previous record (140 km/h) set by Top Gear in 2018.

JCB is no stranger to such achievements, with previous attempts achieving 117 km/h in the JCB GT backhoe – sealing a place in the Guinness World Records.

In 2006, JCB set a new diesel land speed record with the DieselMax streamliner when it reached 563 km/h at the Bonneville Salt Flats in the USA, using two JCB DieselMax engines. To this day, the record has yet to be broken.


Pan Eu Jin

Pan Eu Jin

Regularly spend countless hours online looking at cars and parts I can't afford to buy. How a car makes you feel behind the wheel should be more important than the brand it represents - unless resale value is your thing.
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