record breakers: May 2011 Archives

275x250.jpg A daredevil stunt driver has set a new world record by jumping his car 332ft in a ramp-to-ramp stunt at the Indianapolis 500.

Tanner Foust took to his car vehicle which he drove down a massive toy-inspired 90ft ramp to build up speed before hitting a jump and taking off.

The 37-year-old then travelled for 332ft before his wheels touched-down on another ramp on the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

We defy you to watch this video and not think about digging out your old toy cars… or just question where your life went wrong and why you'are sat at a computer while other people do this for a living.

275x250.jpg A team of university boffins have set what is believed to be a new world record for human-powered helicopter flight, aided by a fit pair of legs.

50 students from the University of Maryland had worked to develop their human-powered helicopter, Gamera, which consists of four sets of two spinning blades.

The contraption is powered by a furiously peddling pilot who, for the record attempt was Judy Wexler, a 24-year-old biology graduate student.

But don't expect to see this as the future of personal transport any time soon… the record was hovering 3 to 5 inches off the ground for 4 seconds.

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