If your aim is to build the fastest set of wheels on the planet, then you’re going to have to employ some pretty out of the ordinary means of propulsion, usually a rocket. If in doubt, just ask the guys behind the Bloodhound SSC, who next year will attempt to break the current land speed record of 763.035 mph.

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Incredibly, a couple of guys in France have taken the concept to the world of bicycles. Yes, there is a rocket-powered bike in France and a man by the name of François Gissy has hit a top speed of 207 mph on the back of it, smashing the previous record of 150 mph.

Incredibly, he reached that speed in just 4.8 seconds. He also covered the quarter mile in less than 7.0 seconds. And just to demonstrate how fast this is, this video from YouTube user rocketman340 shows Gissy on his rocket-powered bike drag racing a Ferrari F430 Scuderia.

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The bike itself was built by Arnold Neracher and its rocket was fueled by a mix of hydrogen peroxide and compressed air. It even has pedals, which Gissy used to ride up to the starting line.

It goes without saying that you had better not try this at home.


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