Blind driver breaks own top-speed record…(and RR-AZ asks…Did the Dog verify it?)
AUGUST 14, 2014
HITS 200.9 MPH IN NISSAN GT-R
TheNissan GT-Ris notoriously easy to drive [ed. Well, easy to drive stupidly fast] on the street and on the racetrack. Hitting 200 mph in a tunedGT-Ris only a matter of finding the right airstrip, stomping the gas and holding on.
Of course, if you’re blind…well, it’s pretty much the same thing.
Mike Newman, 52 and blind, from Manchester, U.K. already held the blind-person land speed record of 186 mph. He did it in a Porsche 911 at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in Leicestershire. This time, he wanted to crest 200 mph, and he did it in a Litchfield-tunedNissan GT-R.
The GT-R delivers 1,200 hp thanks to beefed up internals and a racing transmission (and full roll cage — you know, for safety). A second vehicle was used as a radio car, piloted by Newman’s stepdad. Comically, they slapped a sticker over Newman’s helmet visor before the run.
To make matters even more difficult, Newman had to deal with high winds and occasional rain. Still, he completed four runs at an average of 200.9 mph, breaking his own record by more than 14 mph.- See more at: http://autoweek.com/article/car-life/blind-driver-breaks-own-top-speed-record#sthash.qhLPIJJu.dpuf