Top Gear is no stranger to breaking world records, particularly since it had been declared the most watched 'factual' TV programme in the world back in the days before Jeremy Clarkson thought it was a good idea to punch people who aren't Piers Morgan. Clarkson himself also broke another record last year, but that honour went to The Grand Tour rather than his former employer.
Fortunately for Top Gear, it's back in the game having just broken the record for world's fastest tractor. Well, the world's fastest modified tractor anyway, because the Top Gear team added a 5.7 litre Chevy V8 engine, 4-wheel brakes, and an adjustable air suspension system. It's also officially known as the 'Track-tor' for obvious reasons., and looks like the same vehicle used to "ruin" an episode of Countryfile.
The record attempt itself took place at a former RAF aerodrome at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in Leicester, with the Stig behind the wheel. Two attempts were made, driving down the track in both directions, with the final score being an average of the two journeys as to account for potential advantages either direction might offer.
The previous record holder managed to reach 80.8mph, and with the Track-tor hitting speeds of 147.929 km/h (91.919 mph), followed by 132.969 km/h (82.623 mph) on the way back it's pretty clear that the Stig smashed it. That was averaged out to 140.4km/h (87.271 mph) and put Top Gear back in the record books.
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The attempt itself is going to be broadcast on TV this Sunday (25th March) at 8pm on BBC 2, amongst many other tractor-related segments. Matt LeBlanc said:
"As the proud owner of no less than four tractors, you could say I’m a bit of an enthusiast. The theme of this week’s film is that tractors are blocking up Britain.
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!"
Which sounds like Top Gear at its best. No clues as to whether they'll be destroying any caravans, though. [Guinness World Records]