A new Guinness World Record has been set for the fastest reverse run, with a time of 1:15.18.
The record was set on June 15, 2022, by Scot Burner at NCM Motorsports Park, the racecourse attached to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Burner drives a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C7 with a manual transmission. He uses the manual because its reverse speed is not throttled, and instead, the maximum speed when the engine reaches maximum revolutions per minute. Vehicles with automatic transmission are adjusted to reverse speed.
Burner has a YouTube channel called Always in Reverse, where he drives multiple cars in reverse to see how fast they will go. He averaged 52.1 mph in his record run. In a video Corvette Last November he drove the same car he hit back 54 mph on a public road.
According to the record registry entry on the Guinness World Records website, Burner realized he could break the record after noticing the previous record was when he had been unofficially beaten. One of his videos shows him hitting a slightly faster top speed of 56 mph — in a Kia Sorento.
At least one other driver went back faster without officially taking the fastest mile record. Then Daniel Act, Audi Formula E racer reach 130 mph in the Schaeffler Group’s Audi RS 3 electric touring car in 2018, but no one seemed to time him for more than a mile.
It is possible to go back too quickly, at least as far as safety regulators are concerned. 2017 Mercedes-AMG G65 was called back since the reverse top speed limiter software is not properly calibrated, it is likely that allowing vehicles to exceed 16 mph is considered safe. Powered by a twin-turbo 6.5-liter V-12, the G65 is capable of 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds while moving forward, so perhaps a good idea if you control it while backing up.