Light and smart rolling

New car pushing world record 

A key piece of the peak performance were the agile Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta R3 winter tires with their extremely low rolling resistance.

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A new Guinness World Record for the fastest time to push a car one mile has been set in Finland. The record was set by Jussi Kallioniemi, who says that this is not a test of brute force but rather a complicated puzzle. In this puzzle, everything had to be in place: the performer, car, and tires. This cooperation was done in order to raise awareness of important themes related to exercise and well-being as well as to encourage people to try new things, thereby developing themselves. It was a perfect success: once Jussi had pushed the car for one mile (1,609.34 meters), the clock was only showing an unbelievable 13 minutes and 26 seconds. This improved on the previous record by approximately two minutes! Read more about the world record ›

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The record was set by the dynamic duo Jussi, 47, and his car Röhkö, model year 2006

The 47-year-old IT geek Jussi Kallioniemi says that car pushing is a game of skill, not brute force. He is motivated by problem-solving, so he did everything he could to make the vehicle roll as lightly as possible. For example, he wanted to have tires with the lowest possible rolling resistance, adjust the inflation pressures exactly, and maintain a systematic approach to training. For the performance, Jussi used his own car, a 2006 Saab that weighs 2.1 metric tons and is affectionately known as “Röhkö”. All of his cars have had a nickname, and Röhkö became known for the groan (“röhkäisy”) it lets out when starting.

Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta R3 is the perfect combination of safety, eco-friendliness, and driving comfort

The non-studded Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV winter tires are the number one choice for drivers who value smart, greener driving. The tire’s rolling resistance greatly affects how light, economical, and eco-friendly the car is to drive. Using tires with low rolling resistance can save up to 0.5 liters of fuel per 100 km or substantially extend an electric vehicle’s range. At the same time, this reduces carbon dioxide emissions. For example, if all drivers in Finland, Sweden, and Norway used Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta R3 tires for the duration of the product’s full lifecycle, this would save 297 million liters of fuel, corresponding to 8,700 tanker trucks, and reduce 710,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Expert Matti Morri from Nokian Tyres gave Jussi tips for his performance and shared useful advice for all drivers. Watch the videos!

Long-term work resulted in balanced peak performance

In car pushing, the goals are to reduce resistance, regulate the power, and save muscle strength. The lower the rolling resistance, the less energy is spent on the tires themselves rotating and the lighter they will move the car forward. Jussi’s muscle stress remained at a reasonable level, and his performance was balanced and did not cause heavy muscle fatigue. His power regulation was ideal, as he only stressed his muscles by 35–40% of the measured maximum power when pushing. Jussi’s maximum heart rate during the performance was very low, only 164 beats per minute, even though top speed reached 10.4 km/h during the push. Myontec Oy’s smart clothing and Polar Electro Oy’s equipment were used to track the record performance.

The will to be even better takes you to the top

Jussi came up with the idea of a car pushing world record when rehabilitating his back in 2019. When he grew tired of pushing a heavy box at the gym, he decided to start pushing a car. Nokian Tyres, which is known for its quality tires, turned out to be the perfect partner for Jussi, as tires play such a major role in the record performance. Jussi and Nokian Tyres are also brought together by a similar, persistent attitude. The company’s passion for tire development is similar to Jussi’s passion for training, and the products are tested at the extremes in all conditions.

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