WORLD’S FASTEST VAN

Two van records to be bro­ken, by Brit racer and serial tea drinker, Guy Mar­tin.

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GUY MAR­TIN’S WORLD’S FASTEST VAN TV show re­cently aired in NZ, show­cas­ing the Brit mo­tor­cy­cle racer’s ef­forts to break both the top speed and Ger­many’s Nur­bur­gring Norde­schleife lap record for a van. Us­ing his writ­ten-off and re­built black Ford Tran­sit, thor­ough mod­i­fi­ca­tions in­cluded fit­ting a twin-turbo V6 Eco­boost en­gine from a Ford GT, pro­duc­ing around 700hp, and mount­ing in the mid/rear lo­ca­tion. The record to beat around the Nur­bur­gring was 9m:57sec, held by a Revo-tuned VW T5 van back in 2013, run­ning a 2.0-litre twin­turbo diesel pro­duc­ing around 220hp, which set a lap time of 9m:57sec – this was in­spired by the time set by Sabine Sch­mitz on Top

Gear, while driv­ing a stan­dard Tran­sit van, with a time of 10m:08sec. With the same VW’S driver Dale Lo­mas, a Nur­bur­gring driv­ing in­struc­tor, as pas­sen­ger guid­ing him around the lap, the Ford was on track and clearly faster un­til a small fire in the en­gine three-quar­ters of the way through the 21km lap, from a small oil leak onto the ex­haust man­i­fold. Mar­tin pressed on, con­tin­ued down the 2km straight and fin­ished the lap, ex­tin­guished the fire, and recorded a lap time of 9m:28sec, 29 sec­onds faster than Lo­mas and 40 sec­onds faster than Sch­mitz in the stan­dard Tran­sit van. Mar­tin also at­tempted to set the top speed record. At the Bon­neville Salt Flats in Utah, USA, the same van set out to break the record set by the Ford Su­per­van 2, way back in 1984, at 176mph (283km/h), which ran a mid-mounted 3.2-litre Cos­worth V8 mak­ing 590hp. Mar­tin’s wide tyres ham­pered his ef­forts on the salt, the semi-se­ri­ous ef­fort fall­ing short about 10mph.

Far left: Pre­vi­ous Nur­bur­gring lap record holder, Revo-tuned VW T5. Left: Top speed record holder, the Ford Su­per­van 2, set back in 1984.

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