And the record was set on ice.
Just because tractors don’t need to go fast, doesn’t mean they can’t. In fact, some tractors are pretty damn rapid, like the Valtra T234 that just set a new world record for the fastest top speed for tractors. Finish tire maker Nokian Tyres organized the run, and the top speed of 80.88 mph (or 130.165 km/h) was certified by Guinness. Four-time World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen was charged with piloting the tractor along the icy dragstrip in his native Finland.
While he’s better suited to navigating twisty roads at high speeds, he was more than capable of keeping the 7,300-kg tractor in a straight line. That’s a hell of a lot of weight, but the tractor’s six-cylinder diesel-turbo engine generates 737 lb-ft of torque and 247 hp.