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Break a bicycle land speed record with the help of Porsche

Break a bicycle land speed record with the help of Porsche image

Jose Altoveros / Porsche | September 20, 2018 12:28

Imagine riding your bicycle to 240 km/h while being towed behind a vehicle

For most cars nowadays, hitting 240 km/h is a relatively easy thing to do. The same can't be said for bicycles however. As you alone power the bicycle, pedalling from a standstill will likely tire you out even before reaching the bike's potentital top speed. Should you be chasing land speed records, you can get a tow from a fast car, which is exactly what Neil Campbell did.

The British cyclist set a new European bicycle land speed record of 240 km/h with the help of a Porsche Cayenne Turbo over the stretch of a 3.2km long runway. Porsche's SUV was only modifed with a large panel attached to the rear holding the towline attachment and a camera. British champion drag racer Andy Frost was enlisted to drive the high-performance SUV.

Break a bicycle land speed record with the help of Porsche

For the run, Campbell used a special bicycle built by Moss Bikes and uses a mix of carbon fiber and 3D-printed components. He was then towed up to 168 km/h before the towline detached from his bike. He then had to pedal on his own to 240 km/h. Thanks to the large panel fitted on the Cayenne, it helped reduce Campbell's drag as he followed behind the SUV, making him more aerodynamic.

Break a bicycle land speed record with the help of Porsche

“All the time the Cayenne was right ahead of me, clearing the air – it was so stable. I look back on the pictures and think ‘what was I thinking’ but I was focussed I didn’t really take it all in. It’s an incredible feeling – to get 149 mph on such a short runway is beyond anything I expected,” said Campbell.

Needless to say, this is something you shouldn't try at home.