Blind man sets new world speed record

Blind man sets new world speed record

A Manchester man has broken the blind land speed record after driving at an average speed of 186mph.
Former bank manager Mike Newman set the record at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in Leicestershire at the wheel of a 523bhp Porsche 911 GT2.

He exceeded the former record of 182mph, set by Turkish pop singer Metin Senturk in 2010.

Mr Newman's top speed was verified by experts using sensitive GPS equipment. The data is now awaiting authentication by the Guinness Book of Records team.

Speaking to the BBC about his achievement, Mr Newman said: "I've worked hard today and I've enjoyed driving the car.

"This was challenging because the surface is very bumpy and you don't realise how bumpy it is until you are going over it at such a speed."

"I knew I had got it on the last one."

Newman stated that he and his team, Speed of Sight, now plan to challenge the blind water speed record before the end of the year. If successful, the 52-year-old would be the first person to hold both records simultaneously.

Click play below to watch a BBC news report on the record-breaking run.

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