South Africa now holds a new Guinness World Record, thanks to Eugene Herbert recording the fastest towing of a standard caravan by a standard production vehicle.

South Africa now holds a new Guinness World Record, thanks to Eugene Herbert recording the fastest towing of a standard caravan by a standard production vehicle.

Herbert, with the support of Gypsey, achieved the record late last week by clocking 223,881 km/h in a Mercedes-Benz S600, whose twin turbo 5,5-litre, V12 engine is arguably amongst the most powerful in the country.

The previous record (205,7 km/h) was achieved with a Dodge Viper GTS and the record for modified vehicles stood at 207,38 km/h.

“Last year, an attempt was made at Mafikeng airport, with a Jurgens Fleetline towed by a Mercedes Benz ML500 that achieved a best of 174 km/h. Tests showed it was possible to reach 200 km/h within 1,5 km, so with a 3 km run way available at Hoedspruit we were confident of reaching 210 km/h and still having room to stop”.

While the recommended maximum towing speed for a caravan is 100 km/h, the Guinness World Record should make caravan owners feel even more confident of the towing characteristics of South African designed mobile homes.