Tonight Nova’s Fitzy & Wippa successfully broke the World Record for the Most Powerful Trebuchet, creating a new World Record of 76.94 metres.
At 5.30pm Nova’s Fitzy & Wippa used a custom built, 10.5 metre high catapult, to launch a listener’s Volkswagen Beetle, an official distance of 76.94 metres at the Tyrepower Sydney Speedway.
Independent MP Bob Katter, dressed as Sir Thomas More, a statesman and councilor to Henry VIII of England, who was beheaded after refusing to accept the king as Supreme Head of the Church of England, launched the vehicle.
Now the technical details:
In order to break the record, the Guinness World Records required the vehicle to be thrown over 52,088 kilogram metres (the weight of what has been thrown multiplied by the distance it is thrown in kilograms and metres).
Tonight Fitzy & Wippa threw a 766kg Volkswagen Beetle 76.94 metres – an official distance of 58,936 kilogram metres – creating a new World Record as confirmed by a representative from the Guinness World Records after the attempt.
Check out Fitzy & Wippa’s new World Record at www.novafm.com.au.