Mike Newman breaks another blind driver land speed record - hits an average 200.9mph [video]

Nissan GT-R blind land speed record

Mike Newman has done it again. Last October, the former bank manager in a Porsche 911 GT2 reclaimed the blind land speed record from Turkish pop singer Metin Senturk, with a new top speed record of 186mph (300 km/h) at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in Leicestershire.

This time Mike has managed to improve his own record from last year by going over 200mph, averaging 200.9 mph (323.2 km/h) in back-to-back runs on the 1.8-mile runway at Elvington airfield in a highly-tuned Nissan GT-R by Litchfield.

The car clearly had more potential as it packs an impressive 1,200bhp, but to keep Mike and everyone else safe, the team had Mike accelerate to ‘just’ 150mph at the runway’s half-way marker, before rapidly accelerating to over 200mph.

The chase car behind was identical to the one Mike was driving, from where he was guided only by the voice of his step-father.

To get Mike’s speed back down, the car was equipped with carbon ceramic brakes that cost in excess of £20,000.


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