Riding atop a rocket-powered bicycle, Francois Gissy hit a top speed of 333km/h at the Circuit Paul Ricard, which is located halfway between Marseille and Toulon in southern France.
The bike, designed by Arnold Neracher of Exotic Thermo Engineering, was powered by three small rocket thrusters fuelled by hydrogen peroxide. Gissy, in an interview with Gizmag, said that together these three rockets provided a total thrust of 4500N.
According to Gissy, in the video above, it took him only 4.8 seconds to hit a top speed of 333km/h. At speeds over 300km/h, Gissy said that “you better understand why the wind can do so much damage during powerful storms … I’m lucky my head is still bolted on the body!”
That level of acceleration is put into perspective by the Ferrari 430 Scuderia that squared off with Gissy’s rocket bike on a lower speed run. Despite being able to run the 0-100km/h dash in under 3.6 seconds, hit 200km/h in 11.6 seconds and complete the standing kilometre in 20.9 seconds, the Ferrari is made to look as slow as a Trabant by Gissy and rocket-fuelled madness.
This is far from the first time that Gissy has climbed on a rocket-powered bicycle. In 2013, he rode a similar vehicle to a top speed of 285km/h in 6.7 seconds.
If he can find some willing sponsors, Gissy would like to crack the 400km/h mark in under two seconds on a rocket-powered bicycle that he’s nicknaming the Spine Crusher.