A speedy tractor

Shropshire students and graduates formed part of the team that featured on Channel 4’s The World’s Fastest Tractor towards the end of last year. Harper Adam’s students and graduates recently worked with presenter, mechanic and motorbike racer Guy Martin on Channel 4’s show The World’s Fastest Tractor. The team along with JCB created the Fastrac 2, which powered into the Guinness World Records as the world’s fastest tractor by reaching a speed of 131.191mph.

JCB’s project manager and Harper Adams alumnus Alex Skittery said, “I first got the chance to work on the project 12 months ago when I was working for Lord Bamford. I was soon put in charge of running the project and working out with the team how we were going to make a tractor break a Guinness World Record. Fast forward and here we are, with the world’s fastest tractor!”

Other Harper alumni involved in the project were Adam Sansom and Richard Cadman, along with current student Alan Mobbs. Although the official speed was 135.191mph, the tractor actually hit a peak of 153.771mph during one run, but as record attempts dictate, two 1km runs are required to set a record.

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