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MANAWA, WI (CNN) -- A Minnesota man has a rocket-powered goal -- he wants to be the world's fastest man on ice.

Since he was a kid, Kurt Anderson had a mind for mechanics and a need for speed.

"You know, I've always been a mechanical person, so growing up, I had mini bikes and raced dirt bikes," Anderson said.

Now he wants to break the current world record of 247 mph on ice.

His shop -- he calls it area 52 -- is filled with race cars and rockets, including his Arctic Arrow, a sled he hopes will break a 39-year-old world speed record.

He says the speed would give him the maximum G-force of a fighter pilot.

"Probably around a 9, but I've got counter measures so that I don't black out."

Anderson will make his speed attempt at the Manawa Snodeo snowmobile rally in Wisconsin.

On Sunday, Feb. 16, he'll launch several runs down the frozen Bear Lake.

Instead of burning fuel, his sled uses hydrogen peroxide.

"It's a process called decomposition and it literally turns into steam, high pressured steam," Anderson said.

In 2017, Anderson's record attempt in Sweden crashed.

His Rocketboys team has since fixed any design flaws - now giving him the confidence try it again.

"I love racing, you know trying to accomplish something, so i'm excited about it," Anderson said.

And quite possibly, becoming the fasted thing on ice!

Arctic Arrow's rear struts update is complete. Now to the Operatory for complete inspection, fine tuning, and then a high pressure system test and rocket firing. Getting close to ready...

Posted by Kurt Anderson on Friday, September 13, 2019


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