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World’s fastest backhoe to set speed record in Australia

The famous JCB GT Backhoe loader is scheduled to make a rare appearance in Australia this October where it will set a world record and officially become the world’s fastest earthmover.

The 1,000 horsepower JCB GT is a unique ‘one-off’ machine powered by a supercharged Chevrolet V8 big block engine, and equipped with a belt driven supercharger and a pair of four barreled Holley carbs.  It exhales via eight, 20 inch straight-through exhausts and reaches top speeds of around 120 mph (193 kph).

“The JCB GT is unofficially known as the world’s fastest backhoe, and this run will finally make it official. We’re excited to see how it performs,” said Hylton Taylor, JCB CEA Executive General Manager. “More than two years of research and development went into producing the GT, so I’m sure it will exceed expectations.”

Normally housed at JCB headquarters in Staffordshire, UK, the GT will embark on a four-city tour of Australia, beginning with the Deni Ute Muster in NSW on October 3 and 4, where it will make trial runs and put on demonstrations in preparation for the official timed record run. The JCB GT will continue its tour of Australia through December, performing demonstrations at a number of events across Queensland and New South Wales.

The first official timed run will be made alongside the V8 supercars at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, where a trained specialty driver from the UK will attempt to run the modified backhoe down a 250 metre stretch in under four seconds. This run will be timed and submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records as evidence of the JCB machine’s innovative design and power.

This is the first time the JCB GT has been in Australia since its debut appearance at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in 1990.

The original GT was built by JCB at the Staffordshire UK factory in the late 1980s, and appeared at a number of motor racing circuits like Brands Hatch and Silverstone. The current GT now makes regular appearances both in the UK and also motor racing drag strips in the USA.

Joining the JCB GT at the Deni Ute Muster and making their debut Australian appearance, will be YouTube sensation, the JCB Dancing Diggers, who are sure to wow crowds with their choreographed “dance” moves.

Event Schedule:
JCB GT will be holding demonstrations throughout each event, while the JCB Dancing Diggers will be performing at the Deni Ute Muster only.

Event, Location


Deni Ute Muster, Deniliquin NSW 3 – 4 Oct
* Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, Bathurst NSW 9 – 12 Oct
* Gold Coast 600, Gold Coast, QLD 24 – 26 Oct
Australian Nationals, Sydney Dragway NSW 31 Oct – 2 Nov
*Sydney 500, Sydney NSW
(final Australian appearance)
5 – 7 Dec

* denotes official timed record attempts

Real-time scheduling and performance times can be found on JCB CEA’s Facebook page

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