Nokian Tyres and Valtra set new world record
Finnish tyre manufacturer Nokian Tyres and tractor company Valtra have together set a new world record for the fastest tractor. Multiple World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen was behind the wheel for the record bid, with the tractor clocking in at 130.165 km/h (80.88 mph).
The record attempt was conducted according to Guinness World Records specifications in controlled conditions on a snowy and icy road in Finnish Lapland. The Valtra T234 wore the world’s first winter tyre for tractors, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta TRI.
“It is quite a remarkable sight when you see a 7.7-tonne machine flying past at over 130 km/h with a quadruple World Rally Champion behind the wheel,” exclaimed Tero Saari, project manager, R&D for Nokian Tyres. “When a tractor is driven that fast on a winter road, it requires great grip, stability and handling properties. These have been our targets during the development of the Nokian Hakkapeliitta TRI.”
February’s record-breaking attempt is not the first time that Nokian Tyres has smashed global records. In 2013 the fastest car on ice was adorned with a set of Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 studded winter tyres, hitting a top speed of 335.713 km/h (208.602 mph).
Nokian Tyres is currently the only tyre manufacturer globally that focuses on products and services to enable safe transport in the challenging conditions of the north.