Hein Wagner, a South African man who was born blind, set a new land speed record for the blind after hitting 200 mph in a Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series. He held the 200 mph speed for more than a half mile.
Wagner said that hitting 200 mph is a milestone for any drive, regardless of whether they’re sighted or blind. His record will be entered in the Guinness World Records and will replace the previous record of 191 mph set by a blind Belgian man.
In 2005, Wagner became the first South African man to set a world land speed record in a Maserati while traveling at a speed of 167 mph.
Refresher: Power comes for the Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series comes from a 6.0L twin-turbo V12 that produces 661-hp and a peak torque of 738 lb-ft. The engine is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. 0-60mph comes in at 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 200 mph.
2009 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series:
– By: Omar Rana