JCB Fastrac sets British tractor speed record

The tractor that gained the fastest British tractor title for JCB was no ordinary contender – instead it was aerodynamics enhanced and sporting a JCB 7.2-litre, six-cylinder DieselMax engine capable of delivering 745kW (1,000hp) and 2,500Nm of torque

Setting a British speed record in a tractor might seem like a pointless exercise but what it does is confirm the credentials of the JCB Fastrac as a fast on-road transport vehicle.

JCB has set the British tractor speed record with a modified version of its production Fastrac 8000 tractor shown here with record breaker operator Guy Martin

Using a modified version of the Fastrac 8000, the record was set at 166.7kph (103.6mph) at Elvington Airfield, near York, with British TV presenter and mechanic Guy Martin behind the wheel.

The tractor gained its power from a JCB 7.2-litre, six-cylinder DieselMax engine, produced at its factory in Derbyshire in the UK, capable of delivering 745kW (1,000hp) and 2,500Nm of torque.

The Fastrac was also put on a diet, and had its aerodynamics enhanced with help from Williams Advanced Engineering

A team of JCB engineers worked on the secret project for months, and the company’s chairman, Lord Bamford, praised their achievement.

“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’ve achieved in such a short space of time. It’s British

engineering at its best, and it really does highlight the skills and innovation we have in our engineering team.”

It was Lord Bamford’s idea to develop a tractor that had a high road speed but was also capable of Paddock work.

The speed record was achieved exactly 28 years to the day since the first production Fastrac model rolled off the line.

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