Rocket-Powered Bicycle Breaks World Records

How fast can a bicycle go? Francois Gissy was determined to find out – and a collection of brands ranging from Michelin to Ferrari were willing to help. The result was a rocket bicycle that handily beat the Ferrari in acceleration, set a new world record, and has to be seen to be believed.

The trials are all the more incredible because the bike looks so normal, although in this case looks are a little deceiving. The brakes are average, but the bike frame itself was built with the help of Gissy’s Spanish contacts in Exotic Thermo Engineering (Gissy is something of a modern, European Evel Knievel). As for the three rockets strapped to the back, those are filled with concentrated, hydrogen peroxide-based rocket fuel, definitely not standard issue.

The result was a group of tests that made world records for Gissy, rocket engine designer Neracher Arnold, and bikes. The first test saw the bike scoot along to reach 166 km/h (around 103 mph). The second test with the Ferrari tagging alongside reached 260 km/h. The third test, designed to go all out, reaching 333 km/h, over 205 mph.

You’ll notice that Gissy lies down straight on the book in a vaguely “skeleton” luge position. That’s so he won’t get torn apart by the speeds – and Gissy is planning to take it up a notch, too. The next goal? A more professional attempt called the “Spine Crusher” designed to go more than 400 km/h in less than two seconds.

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Tyler Lacoma

When he isn't enjoying the beautiful Northwest outdoors, you can find Tyler on business and tech sites, writing about the latest news, analyzing trends, and generally making the Internet a more interesting place.

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