Speed Freak Zef Eisenberg returns to Pendine to break Idris Elbas record


May 17, 2019 By Mike
Last updated on May 17, 2019

Record-breaking racer Zef Eisenberg and the MADMAX Race Team returns to Pendine Sands, South Wales this weekend (18-19 May 2019) with hopes pinned on smashing the highest speed ever achieved by a wheel-powered vehicle.

Eisenberg, better known for racing motorbikes, makes a switch to four wheels in hope of hitting the 200mph barrier and beyond in a crazy 1200hp specially built road legal Porsche 911 Turbo Sand Racer!

The record will not only supersede the Wire’ star Idris Elba’s ‘flying mile’ speed record (180.361mph) set at Pendine in 2015 but also emulates his hero – Sir Malcolm Campbell, who first set the record at Pendine Sands in 1927 (174.8mph) in the iconic Blue Bird – a record that stood for nearly 90 years.

Just last month Eisenberg established a Flying Mile record racing a 400bhp supercharged Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle that was built and prepared by his MADMAX Racing Team. His record comes less than 2 years since surviving Britain’s fastest-ever (230mph) motorcycle crash. Since then, Zef has set numerous records including an ACU sanctioned flying quarter-mile, flying kilometre and flying mile. 

Over the past 12 months the MADMAX Racing Team acquired a 2015 550hp Porsche 911 Turbo and has been carrying out extensive research and development in preparation for the record attempt.

Eisenberg said “sand creates a lot of resistance and tyre slip, so we had to work out that we’d need at least 1000hp at the rear wheels, which equates to a crazy 1200hp at the engine, compared to just 550hp from a factory car.”

The team has built a bespoke 4.1-litre engine with new internals, plus a new E85 fuel system and cooling set-up. A lot of work was done to ensure that the monstrous power would come in as progressively as possible in order to limit wheelspin on the loose surface. To cope with such an extreme output, the transmission had to be upgraded, and the suspension modified to allow for different wheels and tyres. Apart from a full FIA roll cage, competition seats and safety harness, the Porsche’s interior is completely standard.

“Weight is actually your friend on sand,” said Eisenberg. “It’s about stability – putting enough weight on the tyres to increase traction. The car is also road legal, so I can drive it from the hotel on to the beach and hopefully to the pub after to hopefully celebrate.” 

The team have worked tirelessly on the engine to ensure that it can withstand 3 miles of full power with 1000hp at the wheel – its no mean feat! Plus, many safety aspects have also been addressed. The recent testing at Elvington proved a great success – with just half the power the car was achieving 220mph in the mile on tarmac.

Here’s hoping Zef and MADMAX Race Team will once again race in to the history books!

Spectators are welcome to attend the land speed record attempts in designated safety areas by keeping close to the sand dunes at all times.

About Pendine Sands and Record Breaking:
Pendine is considered the holy grail of land speed, where the best racers in the world have tried to set records. The beach has hosted record-breaking attempts since 1900s. When mother nature is kind, the beach delivers a firm, flat sand surface creating the longest straight line race track in the UK. Motor Cycle magazine described the sands as “the finest natural speedway imaginable”.

The first person to use Pendine Sands for a world land speed record attempt was Malcolm Campbell in 1924.  On 4th February 1927 Campbell set the land speed record at Pendine Sands in his 2300hp Bluebird Railton, with an average Flying Mile of 174.224 mph.

In May 2015, the actor Idris Elba achieved an average Flying mile speed of 180.361mph during the attempt in his 650hp Bentley Continental GT Speed for a BBC documentary.

About Zef Eisenberg and the MADMAX Racing Team:
Zef ‘MAX’ Eisenberg is the founder of sports nutrition brand MAXImuscle, and holds more than 40 British, World and Guinness speed records. In September 2016, he survived ‘Britain’s fastest-ever motorcycle crash’ at 230mph, on a 560bhp Rolls-Royce jet turbine-powered motorcycle. He broke 11 bones, was hospitalised for three months, spent a further three months in a wheelchair and had to learn to walk again. He defied doctors by racing exactly one year after the accident, and later became the first person ever to exceed 200mph at Pendine Sands. Eisenberg competes for the Guernsey-based MADMAX Race Team, which prides itself on developing and racing the world’s most extreme machines using the best engineers in the industry. He races under the MADMAX®  Race Team (*which is a registered UK and EU trademark).

Media Credit – MADMAX® Race Team