June 7, 2014
A World Record Attempt For The Fastest Blindfolded Driver
“Records are made to be broken” is a saying that lingers in everyone’s mind that attempts to break these astounding feats. However, some records that have been attained are on the verge of being insane, not to mention extremely dangerous.
According to Top Speed, this July there is a challenge by Extreme Motorsports to find the “fastest blindfolded driver on Earth.” This involves finding someone to attempt to break the existing world record for a blindfolded driver, which was set in September 2013 by Mike Newman, who motored a Porsche 911 GT2 to a speed of 186.12 mph while blindfolded.
This year’s attempt to break the record will feature a modified Ferrari 458 Challenge provided by Extreme Motorsports. Whoever is brave enough for this attempt will drive as fast as they dare, over a one-mile distance. The challenge is open to anyone with the guts to try.
The Elvington Airfield in York, England, will be the location for this off-the-wall record attempt, which will be filmed by Verve Productions. The participants will also be filmed showing how they are preparing for the challenge and the film crew will delve into their lives in the days before the event takes place.
“We have chosen a two-mile runway at Elvington Airfield in York, for the challenge. It’s longer, wider and flatter than the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground where Mike Newman achieved the current world record. There are no buildings, no trees, or anything else to crash into either,” an Extreme Motorsport spokesperson said.
Although the challenge is open to anyone brave enough to accept the dangerous act, there will be an extensive training program oversaw by former F1 driver Perry McCarthy. During the two day event, McCarthy will be following the participants in another Ferrari and be in constant contact with them through a pro-comms system in their helmets.
The only requirement is that you need to be an experienced driver over the age of 21 and hold a valid drivers license. You can apply for the challenge on Extreme Motorsport’s website, as well as check out the complete details for the event.
The challenge will consist of the driver motoring the Ferrari down the runway and back within a set amount of time. Then the average speed will be calculated and, if it beats the current 186.12 record time, you will become the worlds fastest blindfolded driver.
McCarthy will be behind and by using the military’s night driving method of LEFT/CLICK RIGHT/CLICK, will guide the participants straight down the runway. The Ferrari being used has all the safety devices used in a racecar, plus it has a higher top speed than the Porsche, so ultimately the record could very well be broken this July.
Extreme Motorsport is also preparing a Ducati 999 race bike to go after the record for the fastest blindfolded ride on a motorcycle. The current record is 164.87 mph, which was set on August 2, 2003, by Billy Baxter.
With all the extreme sports in the world, this one, in my view, has to be the most radical of them. Here’s wishing all participants in the challenge luck and well being.
Image Credit: TopSpeed.com