A jet suit developed in Salisbury has smashed sporting records in a special challenge organised by Guinness World Records.
The Guinness Book of Records publisher and arbiter of world records hosted its first-ever Anker Speed Challenge, putting some of the world’s fastest record holders through their paces in some super speedy challenges.
Presented by Sky News anchor Belle Donati at Southampton Athletics Centre, UK, the main event centred around a jet suit “triathlon” attempted by Gravity Industries founder Richard Browning, who holds the record for the fastest speed in a body controlled jet engine powered suit at 85.06 mph.
The first challenge saw Richard competing in the 100m sprint. The aim was to beat Bolt’s world best of 9.58 seconds; Richard jetted across the finish line in just 7.69 seconds, earning him the record for the fastest 100m in a body controlled jet engine powered suit.
Next up was the fastest 400m hurdles in a body controlled jet engine powered suit, a record attempt, which required a combination of speed and control from the jet pack pilot as the guidelines stated that the hurdles must be cleared one at a time in a definite up-and-down motion.
Taking on the challenge on foot alongside Richard was talented Southampton athlete Callum Gregson. Both had their eyes set on breaking the current record set by a human of 46.87 seconds which had remained unbroken since 1992.
Ultimately Richard was able to set the record with a time of 42.06 seconds.
Last but not least, a pole vault inspired challenge as Richard attempted to set a new world record for the fastest time to clear an elevated crossbar in a body controlled jet engine powered suit.
The guidelines required the flight to mimic the trajectory of a human pole vaulter, travelling 40m forward and then, with an obvious upward motion, clearing the pole vault bar and landing safely on the mat.
With the bar set at 6m 19cm (1cm higher than the current human world record), Richard soared into the record books once again, setting a new record with a time of 13.09 seconds.
The Anker Speed Partnership was a collaboration between Guinness World Records and mobile peripherals specialist Anker to celebrate the launch of the firm's new fast-charging phone and tablet charger, the Anker Nano II.
See a video of Richard in action at https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/commercial/2021/5/jet-suit-record-holder-richard-browning-smashes-sporty-speed-challenges-661344