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JCB WFT Fastrac World’s Fastest Tractor 1000+hp

This episode covers the record attempt element of The World’s Fastest Tractor project – JCB’s Guinness World Records Fastrac #JCBWFTBoth JCB’s record-breaking achievements took place at Elvington Airfield near York, England.,the modified tractor set a world record of 135.191 mph.

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Not only that, the Fastrac Two was clocked at a peak speed of 153.771 mph The airfield was originally used by the RAF during WW2 and has a runway measuring 1.92 miles, one of the longest in Britain. Consequently, it has proved a popular location for speed tests and has a history of record-breaking attempts.

Fastrac Two had more horsepower using JCB’s 7.2 litre, Dieselmax engine produced at the JCB Power Systems factory in Derbyshire. It was also 10% lighter and even more streamlined with improved aerodynamics, but still used over 50% of standard Fastrac parts.We Increased the power of the Fastrac’s 6 cylinder, 284hp engine by fitting a JCB 672 engine with over 1,016hp and over 2,500Nm of torque, creating the extra performance we needed.

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This episode covers the ‘weight’ element of the project to build The World’s Fastest Tractor – JCB’s Guinness World Records Fastrac #JCBWFT.

We needed to reduce the standard weight of a Fastrac from over 8.5t to around 5t; the equivalent of a mini and a range rover combined.

  • – It was made 3500kg lighter using aluminium panels instead of steel, GRP and carbon fibre bodywork
  • – The chassis was lightened from 750kg to 480kg
  • – We built a lighter suspension, used aluminium axle covers and removed the hub reduction gears
  • – Lithium batteries were a lighter choice