Corvette driver sets world record in reverse with top speed of 53 mph


The Guinness World Records has officially recognized the Scot Burner as the world record for the fastest mile (1.6 km) run in reverse.

Burner earned the record on June 15, 2022 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. It won’t surprise most readers to learn that Burner completed his record at the National Corvette Museum Raceway in a C7 Corvette.

The choice of track was important because in order to achieve the world record, Burner needed to have his vehicle tested by an independent third party and he needed a stretch of road that was flat enough to ensure the record was fair.

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Daniel Decker, NCM Vehicle Maintenance and Preservation Technician, took the first role. Meanwhile, Dennis Smith of DDS Engineering was in charge of making sure the track was really flat.

“We did a reverse course to find Burner’s correct starting point and make sure he didn’t go downhill,” Smith said. NCM. “Even though this was a routine job, it was the first time I saw someone break a world record.”

To earn the record, Burner also had to limit his skills. Having only gone up to a quarter-mile in reverse before, he had to keep his hands steady in the mile-long straight. The record was made even more difficult by the fact that he had to start the race by going around a corner, the first time he had done this while going in reverse at high speed.

Degner started making his backflip exploits public in 2020 when he started making YouTube videos. He started with his 2016 Nissan 370Z, in which he reached a top speed of 45 mph (72 km/h), and quickly moved on to a series of other cars.

In a video covering an earlier attempt with a white C7 Corvette, he reports that the type of model used matters. The example used for this post was a manual model, as the automatic apparently has a reverse speed limiter, while the manual model is simply limited by the car’s rev limit.

Over three tests, the bone stock Corvette was able to set a best time of 75.18 seconds. That’s an average speed of 45 mph (72 km/h), but he reached a top speed of 53 mph (85 km/h). Most impressively, he beat the previous world record of 97.02 seconds by more than 20 seconds.

“We at NCM Motorsports Park are honored to have scored a Scottish attempt at the Guinness World Record for the fastest reverse mile at our track,” said Greg Waldron, CEO of NCM Motorsports Park. “There is no better place in the world to achieve this honor with a Corvette than at the home of Corvette.”

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