Porsche Cayenne Turbo Helps Man On Bicycle Hit 149 MPH

Forty years after Jean-Claude Rude slipstreamed a Porsche 935 Turbo, a man on a weird-looking bicycle and a Porsche Cayenne Turbo made their way to Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire to see how fast they could go.

The man, Neil Campbell, had previously set a personal record back in June when he hit 135 mph (217 km/h). His bicycle, custom-built by Moss Bikes, was designed to be stable at speeds of up to 200 mph (322 km/h). While Campbell didn’t go that fast, he did manage to get up to 149 mph (240 km/h).

Helping him get there was a 2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo, deemed an ideal partner due to its size and its ability to accelerate very quickly in a straight line. The Cayenne had to be fitted with a rig so as to provide an aerodynamic cocoon for the bike and the rider.

Powered by a 4.0-liter biturbo V8, the Cayenne Turbo puts down 550 PS (542 HP) and 770 Nm (568 lb-ft) of torque, needing just 4.1 seconds to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill, or just 3.9 seconds if you opt for the Sport Chrono Package.

When the SUV hit 110 mph (177 km/h), Campbell disengaged his bicycle and accelerated behind it using just pedal power. Once he passed through the speed trap and hit 149 mph (240 km/h), he had to brake as hard as he could before reaching the end of the runway.

“We’ve got so little space that it was essential that we got up to speed as quickly as possible,” said Campbell. “The acceleration of the Cayenne was incredible – it was like being strapped to a rocket. I was pedalling throughout, harder and harder, before I released from the car at just over 100 mph and got my head down and gave it all I could.”

“All the time the Cayenne was right ahead of me, clearing the air – it was so stable. I look back on the pictures and think ‘what was I thinking’ ,but I was focused I didn’t really take it all in. It’s an incredible feeling – to get 149 mph on such a short runway is beyond anything I expected. We’re within touching distance of the world record. I can’t thank my team and supporters enough for the help and confidence they’ve given me.”

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  • 101st ABN

    Seriously, why?!

    • Astonman

      Because it’s difficult and not many can do.

  • Thundersnow 463

    Ok just ignore the fact that Denise Mueller-Korenek hit 183.93 mph on a bike not too long ago as well.

    • Tydogg123 .

      You beat me to it.

  • Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I was curious to find out how in the hell could this dare devil breath going up to speeds over 30-miles per-hour on a bicycle which is difficult to grasp. Hell, it is a struggle to comprehend how could he increase speeds up to 149-miles per-hour, although it was explained in theory; most importantly, who in their right mind would risk their life bike?

  • ace_9

    The bike looks like something welded together from junkyard parts… I know it serves the purpose, but the claim that it was “designed to be stable at speeds of up to 200 mph” should probably sound more like “it should be able to manage speeds above 150 mph, hopefully… “. No aerodynamics, looks like standard metal tubes, two chains, to get big enough gear ratio, rear tooth wheel with just sawn-off pedals, motorcycle front suspension… Nothing about it says that it is aerodynamic, light, specially designed superfast bike. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they would manage to hide some small electric motors in the tubes and used them to provide additional power needed for getting up to speed on such contraption.

    • Thundersnow 463

      very little need for aerodynamics if you are drafting behind a car

      • ace_9

        Oh, ok. I was confused by one of the pictures, where the bicycle is alongside car. But then, it was like cheating, because the pressure difference and turbulent air was actually pushing the bicycle. Not fully, but it is really helping at such speeds. So I don’t understand the point of such stunt…

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