Blind Man Breaks Speed Record

Back in October of 2009, an amazing record was set by Hein Wagner, a blind motivational speaker.  Wagner, a daredevil at heart, has set the world record for the fastest speed ever driven in an automobile by a blind person.  

In 2005, Wagner set the record in a Maserati Grand Sport and was able to sustain a speed of 167 miles per hour during that time.  However, not entirely satisfied, Wagner wanted to go bigger and hit that 200 mile per hour milestone that every extreme driver dreams about. 

With the help of a brand new Mercedes Benz SL65 Black Series, which has a twin turbo V12 engine producing a staggering 661 horsepower, Wagner was able to reach his goal.  Representatives from Guinness World Records were on hand to confirm this momentous occasion.  In order to hold the record, Wagner needed to sustain his speed for no less than one thousand meters.  With his co-driver at his side, Wagner accomplished this multiple times with a sustained speed of 200.4 miles per hour on the tarmac of a South African airport.  At that speed, his car was traveling the equivalent of one football field per second. 

Traveling at those speeds is no easy task for a sighted person.  By not allowing his disability to hinder his goals, Wagner put his foot to the floor and raced into the record books. 

To read the original article, please go to http://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-news/blind-man-sets-a-world-speed-record-at-over-200-mph-in-a-mercedes-sl65-amg-black-series-ar80105.html

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