Man Hits 261kph Riding Rain Water Powered Rocket Trike — The Cleanest Way To Insanely Fast?

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French daredevil François Gissy is known for his home-made rocket powered contraptions that hit insane speeds while leaving supercars in their wake.

The French daredevil athlete's latest contraption is considerably more crazy than anything he has done before — a rocket powered trike that uses water and compressed air to launch itself forward at insane speeds.

Gissy launched his rocket powered trike on a makeshift dragstrip at the Paul Ricard circuit eventually hitting a top speed of 261kph. What made his speed run even more special is the acceleration time from 0–100kph which he hit in just 0.55 seconds almost five times faster than the time achieved by the most powerful production car in the world, the Bugatti Chiron, which does the sprint to 100kph in under 2.5 seconds.

Even crazier is the g-forces he hit achieving the tarmac scorching acceleration figure. Hitting 60 feet in 0.852 seconds, the average acceleration figure was around 50.39 meters per second squared which meant he was pulling 5.13g as he bolted off the line. That figure is in excess of 2g more than what astronauts faced when the space shuttle accelerated off the launch pad into space in its heyday.

While the 261kph top speed figure may seem crazy to you, this isn't the fastest speed that Gissy has hit in his death defying career. On November 7th, 2014, Gissy hit 333kph on a rocket powered bicycle, after only 4.8 seconds of acceleration while putting a modified 600hp+ Ferrari F430 Scuderia in its place on one of the test runs.     

DriveSpark Thinks!

While most would scoff at François Gissy's antics with rocket propelled vehicles, his latest contraption shows just how eco-friendly going fast can be if you use the right tools. We do hope his brakes were as good the acceleration, considering how fast he was going.  

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Story first published: Friday, September 15, 2017, 15:25 [IST]
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