This rocket-powered bike ridden by Frenchman Francois Gissy is incredible.
It was designed by his friend Arnold Neracher and propulsion for the bike is provided by a rocket system built by a Swiss company called Exotic Thermo Engineering.
It is powered by liquid hydrogen peroxide (the tank can contain 12.5 litres of H2O2 at 86% concentration) that generates steam at 650 degrees Fahrenheit, so the bike is both hydrogen-powered and steam-powered.
On November 7 last year, Gissy set a new speed record, where the bike went from 0 to 60 in 1.1-second, with a top speed of 207 MPH. The record breaking feat took place at the Circuit Paul Ricard located at Le Castellet in South of France and these are some more impressive numbers:
- Peak speed: 333 km/h (207 mph) attained after around 300 meters
- Quarter mile elapsed time: 6.8 seconds
- Thrust of the rocket engine: 4.2 kN (428 kgf)
- 0 to 100 km/h in 1.1 second
- 0 to 200 km/h in 2.5 seconds
- 0 to 300 km/h in 4.3 seconds
- 0 to 333 km/h in 4.8 seconds
- Peak acceleration: 3.1 g
- Peak deceleration (due to the drag): -1.8 g
Gissy also took on a Ferrari Scuderia and it really was no contest, as you can see in the below video.