MIKKO HIRVONEN took his place in the record books by breaking the land speed world record — for driving indoors.

Mikko1_1682233wPiloting his SpeedCar Xtreme Cross Kart, Citroen rally star Hirvonen reached a top speed of 86.99mph inside the Helsinki Exhibition Centre in his native Finland.

That speed beat the previous best held by stunt driver and X Games gold medallist Tanner Foust.

The American recorded a speed of 86.97mph in a massive one million square-feet empty warehouse in 2011, driving a 560bhp Ford Fiesta rallycross car.

Hirvonen’s 750cc Suzuki-engined SpeedCar produces just 150bhp but it weighs a mere 312kg, making it lightning fast.

And so a new world record was set – by just 0.02mph.

The Finn said: “All records are there to be broken but I thought it would be easier to do.

“The SpeedCar Karts are very powerful and the performance is really good, but we didn’t expect the floor to be so slippery.

“It was a big arena but there was always a risk we could hit the wall.

“To make the track long enough, we had to put in a few corners before the final straight and here we were really struggling for grip, with the wheels spinning and the kart sliding.

“We broke the record, but with some fine-tuning we could definitely go faster.”

Despite breaking the record, Hirvonen said he has no plans to make a career from more daredevil stunts.

He said: “I don’t think my employees Citroen would be too happy if I injured myself — I have to think of the World Rally Championship.

“But it was a lot of fun, so I’m sure we will think of something else.”


Posted on: March 3rd, 2013
Posted in: The Sun Rally