JCB GT is officially the fastest digger in the world

The world-famous JCB GT has been crowned the fastest digger on earth after reaching speeds of more than 70 miles an hour in Australia.

The JCB GT – originally designed to perform high-speed wheelies at racing events – made the attempt in front of independent record officials at Bathurst, near to Sydney.

Guinness World Records has confirmed that the powerful JCB digger was officially the fastest backhoe loader in the world with a speed of 72.58 mph (116.82km/h).

JCB Demonstration Driver Matthew Lucas – nicknamed ‘The Dig’ during the attempt – was the man who steered the JCB GT to its world record title.