Sheffield steely team behind Guy’s need for speed

Guy Martin, second right, with (from left) Steve Haake and Amy Williams, third left.
Guy Martin, second right, with (from left) Steve Haake and Amy Williams, third left.
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A team of sports engineers from Sheffield Hallam University will be seen on TV this weekend attempting to help celebrity biker Guy Martin beat a world record on a sled they helped design.

Experts from Sheffield Hallam’s Centre for Sports Engineering Research travelled to the Pyrenees as part of filming for Speed With Guy Martin, on Channel 4 this Sunday at 9pm.

Professor Steve Haake and colleagues John Hart, Terry Senior and Nick Hamilton designed a prototype for the sled and carried out a series of ergonomic and drag tests in their attempt to help Guy smash Rolf Allerdissen’s 100kph Guinness World Record set in 2010.

The sled was then built by Derbyshire-based carbon fibre and composite engineering specialists EPM.

The makers of the Channel 4 team got in touch with CSER after learning of the centre’s work with Winter Olympics gold medallist Amy Williams.

University engineers designed and constructed a series of equipment rigs and assessment tools for use by the British Skeleton team in the lead up to and during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games for use with the Blackroc sled, which was used by Amy to win gold.

The team also worked in partnership with Southampton University and other organisations on the overall equipment programme of British Skeleton.

German athlete Allerdissen’s world record was set on the Brunnenkogel at the Pitztal Glacier in Austria on April 10, 2010.

The speed was measured on a 200 metre - 656.17 feet - long course with a 38 degree incline.