Bakkie nabs world towing speed record

Comment on this story
IOL mot pic nov10 GMC 2500HD 1. . Two-stage nitrous oxide kit boosted the poweer of the GMC 2500HD to more than 750kW.

If you dig deep enough, you'll find a world land speed record in some obscure category that has stood for so long that technology has overtaken it, putting the benchmark within the reach of road-going (sort of) vehicles.

When American publication Diesel Power found out that the world land speed record for a vehicle towing a trailer had stood for years at 222.576km/h they reckoned they could better that with a big diesel bakkie and some over-the-counter go-fast goodies.


So they put a two-stage nitrous conversion on a GMC 2500HD, which boosted it up to more than 750kW, hitched it up to a lightweightcaravan and fitted both vehicles with alloy rims and high-performance V-rated sports tyres.

Then they hauled the rig down to El Mirage dry lake and took it through an FIA-certified speed trap at - wait for it! - 227.197km/h, bettering the old mark by just more than the required one percent and claiming their very own world land speed record.

Now I wonder what IOL Motoring could get out of a BMW 530d with an M Performance kit and a Ventertjie at Hakskeenpan?


Motoring newsletter - click here to keep up to speed with the best in motoring

sign up

Comment Guidelines

  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.

  5. Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles. You are only required to verify your email address once to have full access to commenting on articles. For more information please read our comment guidelines