Fastest car on two wheels: Nokian Tyres breaks Guinness World Records record (VIDEO)
NOKIA, Finland -- The new world record for the fastest car on two wheels is 186.269 km/h (115.742 mph); the new world record was set when Nokian Tyres' product development, Vianor's professional pit crew and well-known stunt driver Vesa Kivimäki combined their strengths; the new world record for the fastest car on two wheels was measured at Seinäjoki Airport, according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: The new world record for Fastest side wheelie in a car was achieved by Nokian Tyres, when stunt driver Vesa KivimÃ¤ki drove at a speed of 186,269 kilometres per hour (115.742 mph). The tyres on the record-breaking car were reinforced with Nokian Tyres Aramid Sidewall technology. (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records world record for the Longest two-wheel ride (motorcycle and sidecar) was set by Graham John Martin (South Africa), who covered a distance of 320.1 km (198.9 miles) on two wheels riding his Yamaha XS 1100 and sidecar at Gerotek Test Track, Pretoria, South Africa, on 21 August 1988.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the most people crammed in a car driven on two wheels is 13 and was achieved by Stéphane Riesen (Switzerland) and 12 passengers during the Swiss Car Event held at the Geneva Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland on 16 June 2013.
The new world record was set when Nokian Tyres' product development, Vianor's professional pit crew and well-known stunt driver Vesa Kivimäki combined their strengths.
The record run was made on a 2-kilometre long, 50-metre wide runway. The distance used for the average speed measurement was 100 metres.
The previous Guinness World Records' record was from 1997, when the Swedish Göran Eliason drove on two wheels at a speed of 181.25 km/h (112.62 mph).
The tyres on the record-breaking car had been reinforced with Nokian Tyres Aramid Sidewall technology.
The role of the tyres becomes very important at extreme speeds. This is especially true when two tyres - in practice, two palm-sized patches - are the only contact with the road. In order to break the record, the vehicle needed tyres that were as durable as possible.
Nokian Tyres Aramid Sidewall technology allowed for constructing a sidewall that is particularly resistant to wear and cuts.
Vianor's expert pit crew also participated in the world record by taking care of the record-breaking car and its tyres. The team could change tyres rapidly and report the condition of the car and tyres in real time to the driver.
"I have made earlier attempts to break the record for the fastest car on two wheels, but have not been successful. At some point, I realised that the key to record-breaking speed is to have tyres that are exceptionally durable. Cooperation with Nokian Tyres and Vianor made it possible to break the record", says Vesa Kivimäki, the holder of a new world record.