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Blind Man drives to speeds of 200-mph for land speed record

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Mike Newman a motor racer has broken the land speed record for a blind individual by racing to incredible speeds of 200.9-mph.

The blind motor racer was driving in an attempt to raise awareness for a charity he runs for the visually impaired called Speed of Sight.

Now 200mph may not sound incredibly fast but Newman officially broke the world record for land speed completed by a blind person.

The 52-year-old Englishman began his attempt on an airplane runway, the car he used to break the record was a 1200 hp Nissan GT-R that was modified for the event by tuning house Litchfield Motors.

Now you must be wondering if Newman actually had any help in the car but he was alone in his attempt, he did have a car follow him which his father was in the passenger seat, Ian Litchfield was radioing him instructions during the course.

The car driven by Newman actually maxed out at around 204 mph, the speed to break the record was averaged out over two runs in opposite direction across a 200 meter stretch. 

Breaking a speed record isn't as easy as simply flooring it in a straight line, Litchfield explained to Foxnews.com that there was little margin for error throughout the attempt.

Newman would have to ease up to 150 mph along the 1.9 mile track, he would have to line himself correctly, obviously with the help of his father and then accelerate to speeds of 200 mph to break the record.

Newman was actually the original owner of the record, previously stood at 186 mph.

Every attempt from the blind motor racer is another opportunity for him to raise awareness for the charity cause he races for, it is run for the visually impaired who are helped by Speed of Sight.

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