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  • Jun 7, 2014
The Guinness-certified world record for "fastest speed for a car driven blindfolded" is 186.12 miles per hour, set by Mike Newman in a Porsche GT2 last year at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in England. Then earlier this year, Newman said he'd go for the 200 mph mark – something he might want to talk to fellow Bruntingthorpe speed demons Vmax200 about. UK firm Extreme Motorsport, which seems to have been set up solely to set blindfold driving and riding records, wants to wrest the record from Newman using a Ferrari 458 Challenge and the even longer runway at Elvington Airfield in York, England.

Strangely, it appears the terms "legally blind" and "blindfolded" equate to the same thing. The Guinness record and Extreme Sports say "blindfolded," but Newman and the man who held the record before him, Turkish pop singer Metin Sentürk, are legally blind and neither of them wore blindfolds during their record attempts.

No matter – the real point is that Extreme Motorsport is casting about for a driver to set a new record. The could-be-shady part is that Extreme is pretty vague about what's involved; they'll provide the car or the motorcycle, but you have to "choose a charity and pledge to give them all the funds you raise above the entrance fee and for any other personal expenses you may need to participate in the challenge." Extreme doesn't give any indication of how much that entrance fee might be.

But if you're over 21, no taller than 6'6" and no heavier than 260 pounds, it's at least free to request more information. You can watch Newman set his land speed record in the video below, but if you really want to best him you'll have to beat the water speed record he also set last year.



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      Bahn
      • 6 Months Ago
      I emailed them and got this information: "The entry fee of £3,000.00 per driver. The entrance fee is used towards the event costs, including hotel, meals and refreshments for the drivers. Please note that should you require assistance in raising sporsorship, please advise us. Note that the entrance fee does not include flights or personal exspenses, so you may want to raise additional sponsorship to cover all your personal exspense." They will provide a race suit and space on the car for your sponsors. I believe the Charity option is a way to help people get sponsor to sign up to cover their expenses first and foremost, then the rest will got to charity. It seems like they are very open to helping you cover the costs to do this. And you won't be "blindfolded" the car will be fitted with a "blackout visor." From what I understand you can still inside the cockpit to shift and such but can't see outside the car. They will
      Sean Victorine
      • 6 Months Ago
      Anyone have more info on the 458 pictured? that thing looks amazing!
        11fiveoh
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Sean Victorine
        Pretty sure the widebody is from libertywalk.
          Sean Victorine
          • 6 Months Ago
          @11fiveoh
          Thank you sir!
          Extreme Motorsport
          • 6 Months Ago
          @11fiveoh
          The black Ferrari 458 challenge wide body aero kit is from Rollcentre Racing and the red 458 chase car has a GT3 aero kit from VAD UK
          Kris
          • 6 Months Ago
          @11fiveoh
          Actually it is not. This is the GT3/Grand-Am racing car body kit. I think the is the Grand-Am kit since it looks like it has the smaller rear wing but can't be 100% sure on that.
      11fiveoh
      • 6 Months Ago
      ****, i'm only 20.
      vi_per
      • 6 Months Ago
      But, why?
      Britt Benston
      • 6 Months Ago
      Record for stupidity.
      Bassracerx
      • 6 Months Ago
      can i volunteer my wife?