Most people will have heard about land speed records being set in cars and aircrafts, but there is now a new vehicle on the scene… And any time we invent a new form of transportation, the first impetus is to see how fast it goes. Right? Now it has earned a coveted space in the Guinness World Records 2017 book for being the world’s Fastest monowheel motorcycle.
A monowheel motorcycle is one large wheel that revolves around a track, inside which the engine and rider are housed. Scott’s 61.18-mph average speed, recorded in 2015, stands as the fastest monowheel top speed as recorded by Guinness, taking the place of a 57-mph record set by Kerry McClean way back in 2001.
Scott’s rig, named WarHorse, weighs roughly 214 lbs without a rider, with an overall diameter of 59 inches. Powered by a 200cc racing kart engine, it sports air suspension and a custom transmission. He has to control the vehicle using careful control of throttle and perfect balance.
To achieve this Guinness World Records title, the monowheel had to be run solely on power produced by its engine and the speed had to be timed from a flying start over a distance of no less than a quarter mile (402 metres). And here’s the footage of Scott’s record-breaking run. Here’s hoping it inspires somebody to build an even faster monowheel…!