He made the attempt on on October 24 this year, at a racing track in Nokia, Finland. The vehicle in question was Jussi’s trusty Saab 97-X, nicknamed “Röhkö” for the groaning sound it makes when it starts.
The car weighs 2,170 kgs (4,784 pounds), but Jussi didn’t look at the challenge as one solely of “brute force.” He also maximized his chances of succeeding at the challenge by making a number of optimizations to the car, such as fitting it with non-studded, low-resistance winter tires that would help it run more smoothly on the track.
“People often tell me that I don’t look like a strongman – and I’m not one,” Jussi told Motor1. “A normal middle-aged man can take on a world record challenge if they take everything into account and try to get the car rolling as lightly as possible.”
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Jussi completed his one mile around the course in 13 minutes 26 seconds, making history in the process. “Succeeding in the world record gives me a boost of energy and enjoyment,” says Jussi. “I feel like the final piece of the puzzle has fallen into place.”
Philip Ellis is a freelance writer and journalist from the United Kingdom covering pop culture, relationships and LGBTQ+ issues.
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