Bicycles are a great way to get around, as long as you aren’t in a hurry. Even going downhill, with a tailwind, and pedaled by the best cyclists on the planet, your average bicycle is no match for a Toyota Corolla when it comes to acceleration. That is, unless you strap a rocket motor to the back of it, as Swiss daredevil François Gissy did right before lining up with a Ferrari for a drag race.
Using a liquid hydrogen peroxide rocket propulsion system designed by Exotic Thermo Engineering and riding a bike built his friend Arnold Neracher, Gissy has been shattering records left and right for years. He regularly hits triple-digits during his daredevil run, with his latest record this month taking him to 207 MPH, blasting down the quarter-mile in just 6.8 seconds and achieving a maximum of 3.1 Gs of acceleration. That allowed Gissy to absolutely blow away a Ferrari 430 Scuderia in a heads-up drag race in southern France during his November 7th record run.
Of course for a speed freak like Gissy, fast is never fast enough, and his team is already working on a new rocket-bike for 2015 called simply “Spine Crusher.” I think I’ll just leave it at that.