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Cyclist slipstreams Porsche to 149mph record

Porsche Cayenne cycle speed record

Brit Neil Campbell has set a new European bicycle speed record – with a little help from a Porsche Cayenne Turbo.

The 44-year-old beat his own record of 135mph at Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire.

Neil’s bicycle was created by Cheshire-based Moss Bikes and is designed to be incredibly strong and stable at speeds of up to 200mph.

Made from a mix of carbon fibre and 3D printed parts, it has interchangeable gears, a wheelbase that’s much longer than a conventional bicycle and tyres specially rated for the purpose.

Slipstreamed Porsche Cayenne Turbo

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo he used to slipstream is powered by a turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine producing 550hp. It can accelerate from rest to 62mph in just 4.1 seconds and hits a top speed of 177mph.

With a rig mounted to the back of the car, disrupting the airflow, the Porsche needed to use all of its 550hp to exceed 150mph as it travelled down the two-mile runway.

“The acceleration of the Cayenne was incredible – it was like being strapped to a rocket,” said Neil.

“I was pedalling throughout, harder and harder, before I was released from the car at just over 100mph and got my head down and gave it all I could.

“All the time the Cayenne was right ahead of me, clearing the air – it was so stable. We’re within touching distance of the world record.”

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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