July 3, 2012 at 3:59 PM ET
A submarine pedal-powered by a pilot decked out in SCUBA gear has set a new world speed record at a submarine race in Europe.
The sub, Omer 8, traveled at 7.03 knots (8.09 miles) per hour over a 43-foot section of the course at QinetiQ, a former Royal Navy testing facility in Gosport, England.
The record breaker was built by students at École de Technologie Supérieure in Montréal, Québec, Canada. It was one of six teams competing in the inaugural European International Submarine Races (eISR) June 25-29.
Similar to a bicycle and the record-breaking human-powered helicopter, these subs are powered by pedals, though the pedaling experience is different.
"You have to strap your feet into the pedals," Jennifer Blowers, a mechanical engineering student on the University of Bath's team, told Discovery News. "On a bike you have gravity and momentum, but on the boat you don't get any of that."
For those itching to try hands-on human-powered submarine racing, the International Submarine Races in the U.S. will be held in June 2013.
--via Discovery News
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