Valtra sets the NewWorld Record for tractors: 130.165 km/h
Anew world record has been set by multiple World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen, driving a Valtra tractor. Juha drove the machine to a speed of 130.165km/h (80.88mph) in sub-zero winter conditions on a closed highway in northern Finland
Breaking the record was made possible by fitting the new Valtra tractor with the worlds first winter tyre for tractors, (440/80R28 151D & 540/80R38 167D).
I have done top speed tests in several cars. This was the first time with a tractor and we immediately achieved a world record! The tyres and tractor worked really well together even though theweather was challenging, says Juha Kankkunen.
The Hakkapeliitta TRI tyre was launched in the spring of 2014. The block tread pattern, with its large number of edges, is specifically designed to grip snowy and icy driving surfaces. Driving at these speeds requires an extremely stable and smooth handling tyre.
Results, driver and location
The record took place on 19 February2015 on the emergency airfield of Vuojrvi, Finland, approximately 20kilometres from the city of Sodankyl near Rovaniemi. The total length of the packed snow strip was approx. 2,300 metres, with a 50 metre speed trap in the centre.
The Guinness World Records organisation defines specific rules for the fastest tractor as the time for the tractor to travel through the 50-metre speed trap and is measured in both directions. The world record is an average of these two measurements.
Valtra tractors, founded in Finland in 1951, are famous for their performance in demanding conditions. The new World Record was set by the new Valtra T Series, which has undergone over 40,000 hours of testing in all conditions, both in the field and in the lab, in the Nordic cold and Southern heat. Durability, high performance and driver comfort are amongst the most important features of the new T Series which commenced Sales in November 2014.The Valtra T Series was awarded Machine of the Year at SIMA 2015.