The record for the world’s fastest tractor has been smashed by a Lamborghini-inspired farm vehicle. Oh yes!
Built by engineers from TV show Top Gear, the ’Track-tor’ has officially been named the world’s Fastest tractor (modified), after it was tested by the show’s tame racing driver, The Stig, in front of a Guinness World Records adjudicator.
The attempt took place at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground – a former RAF aerodrome in Leicestershire, UK – where the 500-bhp tractor achieved 147.929 km/h (91.919 mph) on the first test run and 132.969 km/h (82.623 mph) on the return with an average taken of the two journeys to allow for potential advantages in either direction.
It smashed the previous record of 80.87mph, set in Vuojarvi, Finland in February 2015, thanks to liberal use of a 5.7-litre Chevy V8 engine and its 500bhp, a can of Lamborghini orange paint, and many other things - obviously.
Top Gear presenter and former Friends star Matt LeBlanc said: "As the proud owner of no less than four tractors, you could say I’m a bit of an enthusiast.
"When you get stuck behind one, you can’t go anywhere. So we’re trying to speed up farming. When Lewis Hamilton retires, this is what he’ll be driving!"
The bright orange farm vehicle also sports 54-inch tyres, a push start button, barometer and a wellington boot and spade rack.
Jack Brockbank, official Guinness World Records adjudicator said: "To see The Stig hurtle past me in a tractor at 87mph was surreal, but hugely impressive.
"Equally as impressive is the engineering expertise of the Top Gear team that made this possible – the combination of their skills makes for brilliant record-breaking fun."