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Rocket-powered bicycle reaches 207 mph

Francois Gissy says his next goal is to take a bicycle dubbed the "Spine Crusher" up to 249 mph.

By Ben Hooper

LE CASTALLET, France, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- A Swiss daredevil strapped rockets to his bicycle and reached a record speed of 207 mph in less than five seconds in France.

Francois Gissy, who reached 177 mph on his rocket bike in November, broke his own record at the Paul Ricard racetrack in Le Castallet by hitting a speed of 207 mph in 4.8 seconds.

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The bicycle was designed by Gissy's friend, Arnold Neracher of Exotic Thermo Engineering. It is powered by a hydrogen peroxide propulsion unit.

One of the runs featured in a video posted to YouTube shows Gissy and his rocket-powered bicycle defeating a Ferrari in a drag race.

"If we can find some serious sponsors, then we would like to build a monstrous bicycle, which will be called 'Spine Crusher,'" Gissy told Gizmag.com. "The goal would be to accelerate to more than [249 mph] in less than two seconds. I just cross my fingers that we will have the green light soon in order to start the construction. But it doesn't depend on me."

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