Fastest Tractor: Nokian Tyres breaks Guinness World Records record (VIDEO)
Vuojärvi, Finland -- Finish tyres maker Nokian Tyres has set a World Record for the fastest top speed for tractors; reaching an impressive 80.88mph, the record was attempted on Nokian's new Hakkapeliitta TRI tyre; the tractor, a Valtra T234, produces a fairly tame 247bhp from its six-cylinder turbo-diesel engine; after a few runs, World Rally Champion and native Fin Juha Kankkunen managed to surpass the 80mph mark, setting the new world record for the Fastest Tractor,
according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: Finish tyre maker Nokian Tyres has set a Guinness World Record for the fastest top speed for tractors. Reaching an impressive 80.88mph, the record was attempted on Nokian's new Hakkapeliitta TRI tyre. The tractor, a Valtra T234, produces a fairly tame 247bhp from its six-cylinder turbo-diesel engine. (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records' record for the largest parade of classic tractors consisted of 964 tractors, achieved by RFD-TV & Rural TV (both USA) at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island, Nebraska, USA, on 25 August 2012. A classic tractor is defined as one more than 30 years old.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the most tractors ploughing simultaneously; it was 2,141 at The British Tractor Challenge 2006, organised by John and Lynda Collingborn and held at Hullavington Air Base, Wiltshire, UK, on 25 June 2006.
The new world record for fastest tractor was achieved when Nokian Tyres and Valtra combined their northern expertise.
The new amazing record was set on a snowy and icy road in Finnish Lapland. Multiple World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen kept his head cool and drove the machine at a speed of 130.165 km/h (80.88mph).
Breaking the record was made possible by the world's first winter tyre for tractors, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta TRI (440/80R28 151D & 540/80R38 167D) and the Valtra T234.
"I have done top speed tests earlier with several cars. This was the first time with a tractor, and we immediately got a world record! The tyres and tractor worked really well, even though the weather was challenging," says Juha Kankkunen.
The record took place on 19 February 2015 on the emergency airfield of Vuojärvi, Finland, approximately 20 kilometres from the city of Sodankylä towards Rovaniemi. The total length of the packed snow strip was approx. 2,300 metres, and a 50-metre speed trap was set at the middle of the strip.
The first winter tyre for tractors, Nokian Hakkapeliitta TRI, gives you all the grip you can get. Featuring all new rubber compound, tread pattern and contact profile, it's designed for single purpose: to give you all the grip, control and efficiency you need for demanding winter contracting.