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11/10/2014 04:35 am ET Updated Nov 10, 2014

Francois Gissy's Rocket-Powered Bicycle Hits World Record 207 MPH

A fearless Frenchman has broken the record for fastest bicycle, zooming along at 207 mph thanks to some rocket power.

Francois Gissy went on his world record-beating run at a racetrack in Le Castellet in the South of France on Friday, reaching the speed in 4.8 seconds after traveling 250 meters, or about 820 feet.

The bike, from Exotic Thermo Engineering, was designed by Gissy's friend, Arnold Neracher. Gissy told Gizmag that it was powered by highly concentrated hydrogen peroxide.

The bike was so fast it left a Ferrari F430 -- which can go from 0 to 62 mph in 4 seconds -- in the dust, or at least a cloud of rocket smoke.

A second clip, below, shows the event in part from the point of view of the Ferrari's driver. It's in French, but the imagery is priceless.

Don't expect Gissy to slow down any time soon. He already has plans for his next ride.

"If we can find some serious sponsors, then we would like to build a monstrous bicycle, which will be called 'Spine Crusher,'" Gissy told the Gizmag. "The goal would be to accelerate to more than 400 km/h (249 mph) in less than 2 seconds."

(h/t Gizmodo)

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