Alaskans get snowmobile up to 106 mph on water

Oct. 11, 2013 at 2:42 PM   |   Comments

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Two Alaskan men said they beat a YouTube record by driving a modified snowmobile 106 mph over the water of the Knik River.

Rick Coffman, 29 -- who drove the snowmobile he prepared along with Anchorage Yamaha co-owner Andrew Smith, 30 -- said he reached a top speed of 106 mph while riding the modified snowmobile over the calm water of the Knik River, beating the YouTube record of 102.5 mph set by a man in Norway in August, the Anchorage Daily News reported Friday.

"For the record run I came onto shore at probably 80 mph -- just to get those extra miles an hour," Coffman said Thursday.

Coffman said the pair started with a 2008 Yamaha Nytro snowmobile and heavily modified it into a 430-horsepower vehicle.

"Basically, we beefed up the motor in order to handle the huge amount of horsepower we were going to put into it," he said. "Then we added a turbo, which basically is doubling your horsepower if not more, then the nitrous on top gave it that extra little kick. Or a lot."

Topics: Andrew Smith
© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
Bethany Beach packed two days before jazz funeral
Gamers 'prank' each other by calling in real life SWAT team, webcam captures fallout
Welsh man sets house on fire while trying to kill spider
Georgia fourth grader suspended after bringing Nerf gun to school
Dreamworks Dad is back with video game-inspired 'Action Movie Kid - Volume 2'
Trending News