Watch Out! This 600HP Motor Home is World Record Hungry
Some things just aren’t meant to go fast. A motor home is arguably one of them. This however is not your average motor home, rather it’s a six-wheeled, 600 horsepower GMC colossus and it’s very, very speedy indeed. Try an absolutely ripping 120.8 mph. So how does one even think to create such a beast? In short, it took an unfortunate diagnosis and the will to triumph over that disease. The man behind the build is Britt Palmer. In June 2010, Britt was diagnosed with Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT) disease, a neurological disorder that weakens nerve functions in the arms and legs, and over time can slow a person’s mobility. While Britt says CMT has slowed him down, he wasn’t about to let it sideline his fun. After a moment of clarity spent on craigslist, he knew what he had to do. RELATED: See More Photos of Britt Palmer's 1977 GMC Motorhome
He plopped down some money on a 1977 GMC motor home, recruited his friends – which include Dennis McCarthy of the Fast and Furious series and Luke Richards of the ballistically-quick Lucra Cars – and came up with a plan. Build the world’s fastest motor home.
The end result is the hulking brute you see before you – Palmer’s GMC ‘MoHo’ land speed record project. In the traditional sense of a motor home, it’s already one of the fastest in the world, coming just 7.8 mph shy of its immediate full-size Mercedes record holding rival during Speed Week 2013 at the Bonneville Salt Flats. As it stands, the current overall Guinness World Record holder for the fastest motor home is held by a Fiat Doblo camper van at a searing 141.3 mph. Palmer plans to smash that world record run by 4 mph, and he has the equipment to do so.
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Britt and the crew tore into the GMC. They removed everything remotely flammable and outfitted the behemoth with a full-length roll cage, air ride suspension, six-wheel disc brakes, military grade wiring, and a Racepak data system. There is, of course, its burly heart – a massive 502ci big block Chevy Ram Jet V8, chucking out 600 horsepower, and mated to a built-up TH425 transmission.
In 2013, that setup produced an impressive run of 120.8 mph. In August of this year, Palmer and team will return to Bonneville to make another pass during an official Guinness World Record attempt. The goal is 145 mph and the GMC now sports nitrous, new side skirts, and a revised front splitter in order to make it possible.
That’s something you certainly won’t want to miss.
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