If you have ever driven on a rain-slick road during a storm or wintry weather, you know that it’s a serious challenge to maintain control when your wheels seem to develop a mind of their own. Driving while hydroplaning is difficult enough under normal conditions and when you are only sliding a few feet. But Formula Offroad driver Gudbjørn Grimsson took it to a whole ‘nother level: the world record level, that is!
Hydroplaning, sometimes called aquaplaning, is what happens when the tires of a vehicle lose traction on the road because a layer of water has built up between the wheels and the surface. Without traction, the wheels become unresponsive, and the driver may go for a wild ride that he or she can’t easily control (or stop). But a little water didn’t stop Iceland’s Gudbjørn Grimsson. He just set the longest distance for hydroplaning in the world, zooming a positively palindromic 1,001 feet across a river.
How’d he do it? The 1,600-horsepower Jeep he was driving certainly helped! A twin turbo Nelson Racing engine and the unstoppable versatility of a Jeep combined to carry Grimsson over troubling waters and straight across to the other side. This is the first officiated hydroplaning distance – record challengers in the future will definitely have their work cut out for them!
Car fans know that there is no vehicle that can handle varying terrain like a Jeep, but if there were ever any doubts, Grimsson’s aquatic achievement should certainly squash them. From the impressive horsepower of vehicles like the 2014 Jeep Wrangler to the best-in-class 4×4 capability of the brand-new 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, no one makes off-road vehicles like Jeep.
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