Speed fanatic Guy Martin’s record bid with Sheffield staff

Guy Martin tries to break world record in car designed by experts from Sheffield Hallam University
Guy Martin tries to break world record in car designed by experts from Sheffield Hallam University
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Speed fanatic Guy Martin is aiming to break another world record - his second with the help of engineering experts from Sheffield.

The motorcycle racer and TV star will this weekend reveal whether his bid to reach 84.4 miles an hour in a ‘gravity racer’ - a motor-less vehicle which can be raced on a downhill road - has been a success.

If so, the record will have been broken thanks to a team of five engineering experts from Sheffield Hallam University’s Centre for Sports Engineering Research.

They worked for months to develop the aerodynamic vehicle, based around Guy’s height and size, and were there when it was raced down Mont Ventoux in France.

Christina King, one of three women who were part of the Hallam team, said: “A lot of people do this challenge across the world and spend their lives putting these cars together.

“It was a bit daunting at first but we have really good experts - I was confident we would break the British record but the question was whether we would manage the world one.”

The team was chosen to work on the project because of its expert knowledge - and Guy Martin has worked with the centre in the past to break another world record.

Speed with Guy Martin is at 8pm Sunday, on Channel 4.