MAXIMUSCLE boss Zef Eisenberg will this weekend attempt to break the 200mph barrier and set a new land-speed record on sand at Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire.
The attempt comes just over 18 months after Eisenberg broke the land-speed record for a turbine bike at Elvington in Yorkshire, and then crashed at more 230mph, resulting in hospital food for three months.
Eisenberg has been preparing for the record-break attempt for the last six months at his workshop in Guernsey. He is supported by a dedicated engineering team, who have precision designed, altered and prepared his MADMAX supercharged 'Green Monster' Hayabusa bike to command high speeds on sand.
Racing quickly on sand is notoriously difficult, and very different to racing on tarmac. That is because at higher speeds it is possible for the bike to lose grip or dig the front wheel into the sand and throw riders.
Pendine Sands has a heritage of famous record-breaking racing. The beach has hosted record-breaking attempts since 1900s. The first person to use Pendine Sands for a world land-speed record attempt was Malcolm Campbell; in 1924 he set a world land speed record of 146mph on Pendine Sands in his car Blue Bird. Enthusiasts and professionals have used the beach for record breaking ever since.
“Pendine Sands is a notoriously difficult race track. Competitors have no idea what the surface is like until the tide goes out. We will not know what to expect until the morning on Saturday and Sunday. You then have about 6 hours to achieve your record, before the tide returns it to a stormy sea,” said Eisenberg.
“But it’s not just the high-end engineering that makes breaking records on Pendine Sands difficult. As Pendine is a Ministry of Defence test fire site, you’ll often end up encountering unexploded ordinances alongside giant washed-up jellyfish..
Eisenberg attempted to break the 200mph barrier on sand last year, but his attempt was cut short by bad weather. Given the heatwave the UK is currently experiencing, the prospects of a successful record break look much better.
"Two years have past since my near-fatal crash. I’m grateful to be alive. People might say I’m mad to continue racing, but I love this sport. I love the speed and the excitement. So, while the horrible memories are still there, I’m determined to keep on going and keep on breaking records,” he added.
“No one in history, car or bike has ever exceeded 200mph on the sand at Pendine. It's the holy grail of speed, where the best speed racers in the world have tried. For the first time ever, I’m bringing down the MADMAX supercharged 'Green Monster' Hayabusa.
“It's capable of enormous speeds and smashing records. The bike’s in much better health this year thanks to superb work by my race team. I intent to hold on tight, nail that throttle and deliver the big speeds.”