Williams Lake, B.C.-based Pioneer Log Homes has just set the Guinness World Record for “fastest motorized log” by piloting an electric twin-turbine-fitted vehicle made from a tree to an incredible 90 km/h (56 mph) down a quarter-mile race track.
Bryan Reid Sr., president of Pioneer Log Homes and star of HGTV Canada’s Timber Kings, made the record pass in the “Cedar Rocket” at Chandler, Arizona’s Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park on January 20, reports the Province.
“It’s like a salt flat car, so it should have about couple of miles to get it going,” Reid said, lamenting they had just a quarter-mile to get the tree, er, vehicle up to speed. He figures the car has a hypothetical top speed of 225 km/h (140 mph).
The Cedar Rocket, one of the first-ever cars built almost entirely from a single tree, is made from a 240-year-old Western red cedar felled near Bella Bella.
It sits on a custom-built ladder frame fitted with Mazda RX-7 components, and is powered by a 35-horsepower, direct-drive electric motor hooked up to the differential. Two 20-horsepower electric turbines from Buffalo Turbine in New York are installed over the rear as well, but are mostly for display.
The vehicle’s total weight is about 1,000 kg (2,200 lbs), of which 240 kg (530 lbs) are the batteries.
After touring it around the continent this year, Reid is hoping it’ll sell for somewhere in the neighbourhood of $1 million-plus at next year’s Barrett-Jackson car auction. He wants to donate the proceeds to several veteran’s charities.
(via The Province)