Icelander Drives His 1600Hp Off-Road Truck 1001 Feet Across Water, Sets World Record

Gudbjørn Grimsson making a world record with the first official speed measured 54 mph (87 km/h) on a 1001 feet long river in a extreme Formula Offroad race in Iceland! A twin turbo Nelson Racing engine with 1600 HP did the job!

When it comes to road cars, Europe’s Northern people are as clean as a whistle. They buy more EVs than pretty much anybody else in Europe, which is just as well considering the sort of motorsport they indulge in, the high-octane type.

Grimsson hydroplaning a river in 1600hp formula offroad truck
Just take Formula Offroad, for example. People turn up to remote locations in Iceland with bespoke or Jeep-based monster vehicles, powered by Chevy or Chrysler V8s with forced induction and nitrous. Equipped with knobby tires, they take on near-vertical rock faces or try to ride across water like a skipping stone. Sounds simple… but it isn’t.

One wrong move and your motor is in the drink, not to mention these brave drivers risk potentially deadly fires and overturning.

Extreme Formula Offroad racer Gudbjorn Grimsson has just pulled an amazing feat that would make even Jesus jealous, driving his 1600 horsepower buggy over 1,001 feet (305 meters) of lake water deep enough to swallow the whole car.

The official speed clocked was 54 mph (87 km/h), but what’s really amazing is that at the end of his run he looks like he could have traveled a little further. It take a lot of power to keep the speed up without which the hydroplaning effect wouldn’t work. As the wheels spin like mad under nitrous-infused V8 power, the tread on the tires pushes water back like the paddles of an old steam boat… but much cooler.

“I’m so happy, I am not able to explain it,” he says breathlessly after his run. “It was fantastic!” We couldn’t agree more. Congratulations Grimsson, and best of luck on your next off-road adventure.


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