Man breaks world speed record with his homemade remote-controlled car

Published on Jul 19, 2023 at 1:06 PM (UTC+4)
by Adam Gray

Last updated on Jul 24, 2023 at 7:07 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Kate Bain

Man breaks world speed record with his homemade remote-controlled car

A man has set a new world speed record with a remote-controlled car.

YouTuber James Whomsley did it with his homemade jet-powered car ‘Project Air’.

James’ RC car clocked a speed of 152.50 km/h (94.76 mph), beating the previous world record by 2.51 km/h (1.56 mph).

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Of course, the YouTuber documented the whole thing for his channel – and it makes for some crazy viewing.

In the video, James explains exactly how he designed the RC car.

It uses a JetCat P220 engine, a strong aluminum chassis, a 3D-printed nose, and lots of electronic gizmos.

On its first outing, the jet-powered RC car performed brilliantly, which took its creator by surprise.

On its first run, James managed to get it up to 112 km/h (70 mph) but knew it was capable of much more at a longer, wider strip of tarmac.

So James, along with his friend, headed to Wales where they joined plenty of other RC car enthusiasts keen to better their personal bests.

The weather made sure that wouldn’t be easy, though, as strong crosswinds and heavy rain hampered their performance.

But, when the winds eventually dropped and with conditions looking more favorable, James decided to have a shot at the record straight away.

Much to his surprise – and relief – he had managed to beat the world record in his first run.

That didn’t stop him from having another go, which ended up with mixed results.

Another attempt saw James’ RC car reach 220.78 km/h (137.19 mph) as it passed through the gates, but the nose came off and broke into several pieces.

Just as well James set the record when he did.

You can see James set the world speed record with his remote-controlled car here!

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Adam Gray

Adam Gray is an experienced motoring journalist and content creator based in the United Kingdom. Using his media accreditation with manufacturers’ press offices, Adam test drives the latest cars and attends new vehicle press launches, producing written reviews and news pieces for Before joining the Supercar Blondie team, Adam was Motoring Editor for Portfolio North magazine, North East Motoring Editor at Reach plc, and provided motoring content on a freelance basis to several lifestyle and business publications in the North of England. When he’s not behind the wheel of the latest car, Adam can be found at his local rink playing ice hockey or supporting his beloved Middlesbrough FC.