Norwegian Speed Factory Team took the Viking T6 lawn tractor and rebuilt it to become the World’s Fastest Viking. While the entire exterior body remained the same, the chassis had to be redesigned to accommodate the new engine. Fitted with a 408 hp V8 engine and the wheels of a Fromula 3 car, the reservoir for collecting grass was converted into a fuel tank with a cooling system.
Put to test across Torp Sandefjord Airport in Norway, the team broke the top speed record on November 5, 2015 to steer ahead at 205 kmph despite some initial doubts due to weather conditions. Driver Pekka Lundefaret had to contend with a slipper runway during test runs while the engine filled with water, though the final ride proved a success beating the former record of 188 kmph.
The project took many months of preparation with Viking, Scandavian distributors STIHL and Norwedian Motorsports Association. The project was headed by Marius Gjevik from the ‘Norwegian Speed Factory’ who offered expert advice on professional motorsports. The company has confirmed that record has been verified by Guinness World Records with the world’s fastest lawn tractor, making history for Pekka and his team.