A stunt driver has broken the world record for the fastest ‘side wheelie’ by travelling at 115mph on two wheels.
The new record was set by Finnish driver Vesa Kivimaki in a BMW 335i Coupe, but it was far from straight forward.
“I have made earlier attempts to break the record for the fastest car on two wheels, but have not been successful. At some point, I realised that the key to record-breaking is to have tyres that are exceptionally durable,” he said.
Kivimaki teamed up with winter tyre specialist Nokian, which uses a synthetic fibre called Aramid in some of its rubber. The material is extremely strong and resistant to heat – so much so that it is used in body armour – making it perfect for blowout-proof tyres.
The record was set by Kivimaki driving along a 100-metre course in Finland in both directions, with an average speed across both runs taken for the record attempt.
The previous record of 112.62mph was set by Swedish driver Goran Eliason in 1997.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.
October 27, 2016