• Apr 7, 2010


A Turkish singer just set a land speed record, making him the fastest man on the planet when his Ferrari F430 averaged 182 miles per hour during a record run down a runway at an airport in eastern Turkey. Now, if 182 mph doesn't sound fast enough to set a world land speed record, know that the driver was blind... and alone in the car. Metin Senturk became the fastest blind man driving solo with his Guinness-verified speed of 292.89 kilometers per hour (182 mph).

Senturk was followed down the runway by his driving coach, former rally driver Volkan Isik, who relayed instructions to Senturk via radio. The driver is a pop singer in Turkey who has been blind since the age of three. He said that the record run, "was really hard, like a dance with death." When Senturk emerged from his borrowed car, he was told by the Guinness people that he had bested the old record of 284 kph, held by a British bank manager.

In case you were wondering, this unaccompanied record is about 20 mph slower than the record set by Hein Wagner of South Africa, who had his coach riding shotgun when he drove a Mercedes-Benz SL65 Black Series to a tick over 200 mph last October.

[Source: Reuters via NBC Sports]


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 20 Comments
      • 4 Years Ago
      Only the FIA and the SCTA sanction world Land Speed Records.
      Guinness only observes records for their piddling little bar-bet paperback rag.
      NOT impressed, folks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Am I the only person who visualized Al Pacino blasting through the streets of New York screaming "I'M IN THE DAHK HERE!!!"
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hooha! I was actually surprised it wasn't mentioned in the article. I mean, a blind man driving a Ferrari!? Glad someone corrected the situation.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I feel like this could get sketchy really fast.

      "Turn a little right...no, left. Wait, back right again, no, LEFT! WATCH OUT!!"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Obviously, he's a Jedi.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it just me or did anyone else notice that it says "his Ferrari 430" and then later again "shotgun when he drove his Mercedes-Benz SL65 Black Series". So, both blind men actually owned these cars? Really ? Now I have nothing against the visually impaired, but what on Earth would a blind person want with a car to begin with ? It's not like they are allowed to drive, outside of these Record Setting closed circuit runs. I am thoroughly perplexed.....

        • 4 Years Ago
        No such thing as a Ferrari 430. This car is the F430. Then there's the 430 Scuderia. But no "430."
        • 4 Years Ago
        The quality of writing is arguably vauge, however still, saying "his" does not necessarily imply possession.

        To answer your question, no. Neither men own these cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I personally hold the land speed record for someone with the username "m" on autoblog.com. Yeah, it was scary. But I just love the adrenaline rush that comes with it. I love living life on the edge.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What's with all the downers? Good for this guy! There's a lot that can happen at that speed, including imperfections in the tarmac, wind, car malfuctions...anything. And blind! I'd like to see most of the people on here put on a blindfold and walk from one end of the room to the other, let alone drive a Ferrari at 180 mph! Huge risk and awesome achievement, good job dude.
        • 4 Years Ago
        exactly..
        why do people always keep spotting out rough edges of things..
        It might not matter a lot to most of the people..agreed (bcuz he wasnt some celebrity perhaps) but have that kinda guts and then talk I'd say
      • 4 Years Ago
      meh. Wake me when a blind guy does an 8 minute lap of the 'ring...
      • 4 Years Ago
      where is south africe?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I find records like these foolish. The blind guy was being directed, so it is not impressive. May as well add a whole bunch more so other sub-groups can have their records:


      - fastest quadriplegic driver
      - fastest morbidly obese person (in a Mini)
      - fastest midget

      ...and so on
        • 4 Years Ago
        This Turkish guy certainly has balls made of steel.

        But I guess the guy with eyes who rode shotgun on the South African 200 mph run had bigger balls. Much bigger.
        • 4 Years Ago
        try doing it with your eyes closed

        Well said P.Rico
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't care how directed you are, I'm not closing my eyes and driving down at runway at 182 mph.

        This guy has balls of steel.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I guess you don't have any world records !!!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        I will be impressed if a blind guy finishing a Formula 1 race or the entire Indy 500 completely.

    • Load More Comments