Speed record

A speed record is a world record for speed by a person, animal, or vehicle. The function of speed record is to record the speed of moving animate objects such as humans, animals or vehicles.

Overall speed recordEdit

Overall speed record is the record for the highest average speed regardless of any criteria, categories or classes that all the more specific records belong to, provided that the route was completed.[1] It helps to compare various performances that differ by the type of the craft, vessel or vehicle, the departure and the arrival points (provided that the distances are comparable), number, age and gender of the crew members, departure date, etc. The distance used for calculating the overall speed record is usually the distance in a straight line.[2] In the case of man-powered races, overall speed record doesn't always reflect the best performance. It is highly dependent on technological advantages generating the speed of the craft, vessel or vehicle.[3]

Term Overall Speed Record is also used to compare the highest momentary speed achieved by a vehicle, vessel or craft in the highest land speed, water speed or air speed contest.[4]

Vehicle speed recordsEdit

In the air
On land
In the water

Natural speed recordsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "First person to twice hold three simultaneous overall ocean rowing speed records on different oceans". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  2. ^ "ocean rowing across Atlantic speed record". www.oceanrowing.com. Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  3. ^ "ocean rowing records". www.oceanrowing.com. Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  4. ^ "216 MPH Electric KillaJoule Motorcycle Shatters World Land Speed Record!". Retrieved 2019-10-21.