Monowheel Rider Sets New Guinness World Record With 61mph Run
We’ve got to admit it, trying to set land speed records on a monowheel is a whole new kind of crazy to us.
Just in case you’ve never heard of a monowheel, think of it this way: it’s a motorbike, but the engine, controls and seat are all inside one giant wheel.
You might not think that sounds like the worst idea anyone’s ever had, but let’s look at the facts:
- If you accelerate too hard you spin backwards inside the wheel, crash and die
- If you brake too hard you spin forwards inside the wheel, crash and die
- If you want to turn a corner you have to lean out of it or drag your foot on the ground, whereupon you’ll crash and die
- While you’re riding in a straight line you can’t see out of it because there’s a wheel in your way – unless you lean out of it, whereupon you’ll crash and die
Basically, according to the laws of physics, this is a spinning suicide machine.
Undeterred, one Kevin Scott of Lincolnshire decided to try to drive it as fast as he possibly could without either crashing or dying.
With the existing mark set at 58mph by American Kerry McLean in 2001, Scott and his team built the high-speed, 85kg ‘WarHorse’ to claim the record.
Measured in both directions over a quarter-mile to Guinness’s exacting World Record specifications, WarHorse clocked an average of 61.18mph at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire:
We take our hat off to him – and hope he lives long enough to enjoy the fame.
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