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163 MPH Rocket-Powered Bike Sets New World Land Speed Record

Posted By Lidija Grozdanic On May 24, 2013 @ 12:30 pm In automotive,Green Transportation,News | No Comments

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French cyclist François Gissy just strapped a hydrogen peroxide rocket to the frame of his bike [2] and hit a record-breaking top speed of 163 mph! The epic thrill ride took place at abandoned runway in the northeast of France. Pushing a simple mountain bike to speeds it has never seen before, the Frenchman broke the rocket-powered [3] bike record of 150.74 miles per hour set in 2002.

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The rocket [5] was manufactured by Swiss company Exotic Thermo Engineering [6] according to Gissy’s specifications. Concentrated liquid hydrogen peroxide is mixed with a catalyst, typically silver, which causes it to decompose into heat, water (steam) and oxygen. The steam provides thrust as it is forced through a rocket nozzle.

Although Gissy beat the record of 2002 he missed the overall cycling speed record [7] set by 50-year-old Dutch cyclist Fred Rompelberg in 1995. He pedaled in the slipstream of a dragster in Utah, USA, and reached a speed of 268.8 kilometers per hour. He was provided with considerable help by the slipstreaming effect of the lead vehicle.

Via Gizmodo [8] and CNET [9]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/05/Rocket-Powered-Bike-1.jpg

[2] bike: http://inhabitat.com/britek-reinvents-the-wheel-creates-airless-bicycle-tires/

[3] rocket-powered: http://inhabitat.com/tag/rocket-powered-christmas-tree/

[4] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvzZu7yK4tc

[5] rocket: http://inhabitat.com/virgin-galactics-first-rocket-powered-flight-breaks-speed-of-sound/

[6] Exotic Thermo Engineering: http://www.swissrocketman.fr/exotic-thermo-engineering,fr,8,43.cfm

[7] speed record: http://inhabitat.com/lightning-motorcycles-breaks-200-mph-electric-bike-speed-record/

[8] Gizmodo: http://gizmodo.com/this-163-mph-rocket-bike-just-set-a-land-speed-record-509337719

[9] CNET: http://www.cnet.com.au/cyclist-straps-a-rocket-to-a-bike-beats-world-record-339344364.htm

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