We are all aware of the Bloodhound SSC, which is to attempt a new land speed record in 2020. But, on the other side of the Atlantic, another racing team is preparing for a different kind of land speed record – the fastest car on sand.
UK-based racing driver Zef Eisenberg is set to drive a 1200 hp Porsche 911 Turbo S on Pendine Sands, a 7 mile beach on the south coast of Wales. Eisenberg and his Madmax Race Team are known to go on extraordinary performance endeavors and it won’t be the first time that he will be driving a vehicle over 200 mph on sand. Last year, Eisenberg clocked 201.572 mph on his pumped up Suzuki Hayabusa at the same location.
If Eisenberg is indeed able to reach 200 mph with the Porsche, he will break actor Idris Elba’s 2015 “sand speed record” achieved in a Bentley Continental GT Speed on a mile-long stretch at Pendine beach, averaging 180.361 mph.
To prepare the car for the run, Madmax joined hands with ES motors to build an entirely new 4.2-liter engine with upgraded turbos, a new E85 fuel system and advanced cooling setup. The specific tuning of the engine will help the car run smoothly on sand with reduced wheel spin. The car now produces 1200 hp at the engine and around 1000 hp at the wheels.
The team also upgraded the transmission, clutch, and brakes to cope with more than double the original power of the car. The suspension has also been modified to accommodate special wheels and tires. Despite all the upgrades, the Turbo S is still street legal and Eisenberg will be be driving it to the venue.
The record attempt is slated to take place on April 6-7, 2019.