Yearly Archive: 2016

World’s Fastest motorbike Crash to survive from…!

MADMAX BikeThe weekend of 17/18th Sept 2016 was a day that will never be forgotten by many at Elvington. The MADMAX Turbine bike was in perfect health with a new C20B turbine delivering maximum horsepower, but conditions of the day were very windy, but luckily a tail wind. Saturday the 17th was going well, with good speeds of circa 230mph plus. As this was a 2 way average FIA/Guinness record event, the pressure for everyone was far more, as you needed to do a maximum speed ride, down runway 26 and then do a maximum speed in the opposite direction. All within 1 hour, with no changes being allowed other than, fuel, water and a battery charge. Sunday the 18th was looking good in the morning, till about 1pm, where weather forecasts were not looking ideal, with strong cross winds forecast, which make fast racing very dangerous. I was rushing to get the bike out and back within 1 hour, before the wind turned straight across the runway, which would have brought an end to the days racing.

On the second run, I was rushing to keep within the good wind conditions and and my data guy forget to reset the ‘brake at 1 mile’ flashing red warning sign on the dash. This is very important, as on a naked bike (no fairing at all), the wind resistance is extreme and your eyes go blurry at circa 230mph. Your peripheral vision also narrows from quite wide to a sniper rifle scope, so the massive black/white chequered finish boards on either side of the course disappear from view.

I nailed the throttle to the finish line, approaching 240mph, but was not aware if I had gone through the finish line or not, as I did not see the finish boards (out of sight from my vision). I thought to avoid having to abort and do both runs again, I would hold full power for a few more seconds. However at 230mph + you are doing about 400 feet per second. So three seconds is 1200 feet! Within a flash, I could see the end of the runway grass, which I was approaching at speeds of 230mph. My life flashed through my eyes, what do I do… ?? If I slam the brakes on, I will come off and slide down the concrete runway at 230mph, ripping leather, skin and bone off my body. If I hit the end without braking, and stay upright I may go to heaven in one piece and may be a useful organ donor!? I decided for the latter. From now on, I remember nothing, other than a bright flash of light, followed by a calm lovely feeling with beautiful blue sky and green grass? – Did I briefly enter the other side?

From the observers and marshals who where there, this is what I was told. They were shocked that I passed the paddocks at full power and full speed. I hit the end of the runway at crazy speeds of circa 230mph, hit the grass bank ramp, crashed through the bramble and trees, took off like Evil Kneival, cleared the metal and barbed wire fence and landed 100ft away in the grass field, front wheel first. The bike disintegrated into pieces with bits flying everywhere. I landed some way from the bike, covered in fuel, as the Jet-A fuel tank split open over me. The fuel tank was very strong and made of Carbon/Kevlar, so when I landed front wheel forward, I was forced into the fuel tank. I later learnt this was responsible for shattering my pubic bone, both pelvis blades, hip and femur. Fortunately, as I was not near the bike, the fuel did not combust.

The medical crew attended within minutes. I was not breathing and the helmet strap was suffocating me. I had to be brought round and given Ketamine tranquilliser injections, as it looked like I had multiple fractures and the new helmet had a large split in it and was filled with earth. The Helicopter arrived within 10mins and took me straight to Leeds Trauma hospital. My team and the rest of the competitors after examination and clearance collected the bike bits from the fields and put the remains of the bike back in the van to take back to Guernsey.

As soon as I landed at Leeds Trauma hospital, which is one of the best A&E hospitals in the country, I was drugged up more with more Ketamine and Morphine. As I was not talking or communicating, I was given a full CT body scan (equivalent to 20,000 normal X-rays of radiation!). They found I had snapped my hip and femur, shattered my Talus bone, ripped the rotator cuff off my shoulder, 3 broken bones in my right hand, 2 broken bones in my left hand, hurt my collar bone, damaged by right elbow,cracked both pelvis blades, snapped my pubic bone and had a dent in my skull, whilst also having reduced sight and vision, due to a negative 25g deceleration crash.







Monday morning, one of the best Hip surgeons in the world flew over from Greece, operated and inserted a titanium hip bolt, femur, 10″ titanium bolt through my pelvis. This was all supported by a carbon fibre and titanium exo-skeleton frame around my hip to hold it all in place. I came around 72 hours later, looking like I had a really bad crash (err… I had!) The news media had gone wild with news stories around the world of a crazy land speed racer surviving the world’s fastest crash on jet bike. The amusing part was, due to the Ketamine, I was in good euphoric spirits, typing away on the computer, oblivious of the broken hand bones, talking to family, friends and journalists. All was well, until they needed to operate and insert three titanium bolts in my Talus bone (ankle). That surgery soon wore of the euphoric effects of Ketamine.

After two weeks waiting for my collapsed lung to repair, I was air home to Guernsey Princess Elizabeth hospital, for another operation to repair the rip in my rotator cuff bone to muscle part of the shoulder joint, using bolts and carbon fibre. I stayed three months in hospital, lost 2.5 stone in muscle and went into a deep dark depression. No bike riding, no training and trapped in a bed on my back for 3 months is not very motivational. I did everything I could to maintain my sanity, positiveness, used elastic bands as a form of resistance training and ensured I ate and slept as best I could.

I left hospital in a wheel chair, and had to learn to walk again, using crutches for another 9 months. I had a goal to race again within 12 months on the anniversary of the crash, back on a new Jet bike at Elvington on the same day, on the same runway 26… the challenge had been set!
Update: That goal was achieved in Sept 2017, reaching speeds of 200mph on my Supercharged Hayabusa and Jet Turbine bike with a fully rebuilt Jet Turbine bike and titanium body. Since then Team MADMAX and Zef Eisenberg has broken several more land speed records…

NEW Turbine Bike World Record – 234mph

Having arrived at the event Friday to set up and get organised, the weather forecast for Saturday was looking unattractive – dry, but strong cross winds straight across the track with gusts of up to 20mph makes land speed racing very dangerous, especially with fairings, that act like a sail and can blow you straight off the track before you can even react. I did several runs, with top speeds around 220mph, but it felt very dangerous, with the bike crossing the finish line at 19 degree of lean! My support team were excellent, with Miguel checking every part of the bike after every run, ensuring safety was top priority and James checking the data to notice any trends.
Sunday morning was looking much better, the cross winds had changed direction to light to breezy head winds. Not ideal, but far safer. First run was a gentle 223mph, followed by each run, increasing the speed, until 3 runs in we achieved a new Turbine bike world record of 234mph in a head wind of around 10mph. This was done in a mile from a standing start. A new British flying 1/8th mile record was also set at 220mph.
Zef Eisenberg “It was a tiring weekend, with every few mph gained being a combination of checking data, suspension settings, ballast and fuel settings. I always forget how hard setting new records is, until the race event. My race team Miguel and James were amazing and I could not have done it without them. The record is a win for all three of us, who have put years of effort and hard work into getting the MADMAX Turbine bike to the crazy top speeds safely.”
MADMAX Turbine bike information:
470-480hp continuous horsepower with water/meth boost allowing 563hp
Powered by a Rolls Royce C20W shaft turbine from the Augusta 109a helicopter.
Multi fuel: Jet-A, kerosene, Petrol/Diesel combination.
Fully Road legal.
Bespoke Built in the little island of Guernsey.


Pendine Sands – Top speed event – May 2016

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The MADMAX race team had a superb day racing at the iconic Pendine Sands in Wales with our ZX14 (Sunday 22nd May). The rain cleared from Saturday giving us perfect blue sky and sun. The waves did everyone proud, cleaning up the debris from Saturday and creating the most amazing stretch of perfect sand for about 2.5 + miles! This allowed the amazing Straightliners crew to create a 1 mile and 1.5 mile course with ample braking.

Last year I set a production bike record at 164.5mph. After Elvington’s success the week before, I was feeling confident, so not wanting to waste any runs, I nailed it and ended up setting a new 1 mile record on the Zx14 (PP-1650) at 173.4mph on the very first attempt! After lunch, the course was lengthened to 1.5 mile.

Again on the very first attempt I set a new British record at 184mph, (pp-1650) with the engine bashing against the rev limiter and the bike literally dancing across the sand!

Is it possible to create history and achieve 200mph on sand? – I’m not sure, but it’s sure worth trying. This sand racing is very addictive. See you all next year

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World Top Speed Event – MAY Elvington 2016

NEW World Record Attempt… this weekend… After months of work on the MADMAX turbine bike, we are ready for serious top speed action this weekend at Elvington Airfield (14-15th May 2016) – in Yorkshire for the Straightliners Top Speed event.

The UK’s best of the best, most brave (male and female!) and most powerful bespoke motorbikes in the world (aspirated, turbo, nitrous and turbine!) will be present competing for outright top speeds over the mile under full ACU and UKTA rules.

MADMAX Race team have will be racing the MADMAX turbine bike with a modified fairing for the first time, with a new Rolls Royce Turbine and some other tech stuff, we’ve installed. With over 550hp and a far more aerodynamic shape (fairing), the physics and theory suggest a far higher top speed. Hopefully the turbine, cross winds, weather, etc.. will all come together to make this very important May event our best ever for the crazy top speeds I know all you want to see.

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