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Bicyclist Sets A World Speed Record Of 163 MPH!

How fast do you think a bicyclist can go while riding a bicycle? 50 mph …? 93 mph …? 127 mph …? Nothing is impossible. But French cyclist François Gissy has broken the land speed record on a bicycle by attaching a hydrogen-peroxide rocket to the frame and reached to a top speed of 163 mph (263 kmph)!


Rocket-Powered Bicycle

In 2002, François Gissy made a world record by reaching a top speed of 150.74 mph or 242.6 kmph riding on a rocket-powered bicycle. And by reaching a top speed of 163 mph or 263 kmph, Gissy beat his old record and set a new world record. He rode the bicycle at an abandoned runway located in Munchhouse, Haut-Rhin department, Alsace, France. Swiss company Exotic Thermo Engineering made the rocket named “ecological monopropellant motor” according to Gissy’s specifications and that runs on hydrogen peroxide.

François Gissy With Rocket-Powered Bicycle

The concentration is fed from the tank into a secondary chamber that houses a catalyst — usually silver. When the reaction takes place, the hydrogen peroxide breaks down into heat, water and oxygen to create steam that’s 650 degrees Fahrenheit. That steam is then pushed through a rocket nozzle, giving the bike its thrust. Watch him making the new world record in the video below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hh3yZ5aSApw

Unfortunately, François Gissy’s top speed could not beat the fastest cycling record created by Fred Rompelberg, a Dutch cyclist who was able to reach a top speed of 268.8 km/h in 1995 in slipstream.

Source: CNET
Thanks To: Daily Mail

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