Video: Watch This Insane 1600HP Twin-Turbo Hydroplane World Record

Formula Offroad Round 5

OK, before we get all sorts of emails and instant messages razzing us about what on earth we’re doing publishing a Ford Bronco on a personal watercraft magazine, just hear us out: How would you like to pilot this twin turbo Nelson Racing engine producing over 1600 horsepower across 1001 feet of water?

Well, owner and fabricator Icelandic Champion Gudbjørn Grimsson has just set the World Record for hydroplaning a four-wheeled vehicle last week and it’s awesome. According to Grimsson, “The car has a Ford 428 engine with twin turbo that can deliver up to 1640 horsepower. [It runs] Ford’s big C6 transmission [with] 9″ Ford axles front and rear.”

Of course, calling it a Bronco is a misnomer as much of the truck has been reworked, reconfigured, reinforced and re-engineered. The Volcano Race Team member shattered the record at the Formula Offroad NEZ-championship in Skien, Norway this year. While skimming a 4×4 over the water doesn’t exactly make it a personal watercraft, it does tickle one’s sides to imagine how far Grimsson could’ve gone had he had more water to cross.

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Kevin Shaw

Kevin Shaw

Editor-in-Chief – Kevin Shaw is a decade-long powersports and automotive journalist whose love for things that go too fast has led him to launching The Watercraft Journal. Almost always found with stained hands and dirt under his fingernails, Kevin has an eye for the technical while keeping a eye out for beautiful photography and a great story.

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