Incredible moment Nashville Corvette owner sets world record for the fastest mile driven in REVERSE after clocking in speeds of 47mph
- Scott Burner, of Nashville, Tennessee, nabbed the Guinness World Record going a mile in 1 minute 15.18 seconds in a non-modified white 2017 Corvette Stingray
- Burner hit the track at the National Corvette Museum to shatter the previous record set in the UK by a Nissan Leaf driving a mile backward in 1 minute 37 seconds
- On his YouTube channel ‘Always in Reverse’ he finds out how fast different car models can go driving backwards
- The biggest disappointment so far is the Tesla , which couldn’t go backward faster than 16 MPH
A Tennessee man hoping to nab a Guinness World Record for driving fast has gotten it backwards.
Speed demon, Scot Burner, 53, of Nashville earned his place in the catalogue of dubious achievements for hitting a top speed of 47 MPH for a complete mile in reverse gear.
It was his 2017 Chevy Corvette, however, that got him over the finish line to break the previous record, set in 2012.
This summer, on June 15, Burner hit the track at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, a course that met all the requirements for the record book.
Scot Burner, of Nashville, Tennessee, flexes his American car muscle after his 2017 Corvette Stingray broke the speed record for driving in reverse
Officially Amazing: Guinness certified that Burner clocked a mile in 1 minute 15.18 seconds at the National Corvette Museum track in Bowling Green, Kentucky
To break the record, the car must be non-modified, and able to drive for a mile in reverse on a flat track clocked by a professional timer.
A video that he posted online shows the car clocking a top backward speed of 54 MPH on a backroad, but the Kentucky track, which is located a short distance from where his Stingray was assembled, doesn’t have a mile-long straightaway.
‘I went backwards up the front straight-a-way and after that it was simple, just drive fast. So on the first run I purposely beat the record, just in case the car broke. On the second run, I went through a whole quart of oil in a mile. That’s why all that smoke was coming out and the engine didn’t appreciate that,’ Burner told WNKY News.
He finished the course in 1 minute 15.18 seconds, going an average of 48 MPH.
Burner smoked the previous record set in the UK by a Nissan Leaf going a mile in 1 minute 37.02.
It’s not as easy as it looks, he says.
‘I turn around with my right hand on the passenger seat, put my left hand on the steering wheel and look out the rear window,’ he told the Kentucky news station. ‘It’s twitchy and easy to spin out if you’re not careful.’
He’s got plenty of off-the-record books tales of backward thrill rides.
He took Kia Sorento rental out for a test drive and hit a top reverse speed of 56 MPH. He spun out and lost the anti-lock brakes when he tried to slow down, according to Fox News
Burner has his own YouTube channel called Always in Reverse in which he features various model cars driving backwards as fast as they can go
Burner demonstrates his patented technique of keeping the care in control as he zooms down the road in reverse
In unofficial and unsanctioned test drives on backroad straightaways, Burner can get his roadster up to 54 MPH
The slowest car that he’s driven in reverse so far is a Tesla, that wouldn’t go faster than 16 MPH.
‘That was a failure,’ he said on the video. ’15-16 MPH backwards. I’m pretty sure that I can sprint faster than that.’
Burner became interested in driving backward fast after he tried it out on his Honda S2000.
‘I had to back it up a long distance and was able to get it up to 47 mph. I thought, ‘well, that was fun,’ then I tried the cruise control and was surprised to find that it worked,’ he told Fox News.