Challenged by the producers of BBC’s motoring TV show Top Gear to transform something slow into something extremely fast, engineer and inventor Colin Furze (UK) has once again come up with another wacky, record-breaking vehicle.
Colin has plenty of experience in converting unusual items into incredibly fast racing machines, having already created the world’s Fastest pram and the Fastest mobility scooter (a record since broken by British mechanics David Anderson and Mathew Hine).
His latest endeavour saw him customise a 1960s dodgem into the world’s Fastest bumper car.
Top Gear‘s professional driver The Stig tested the vehicle at Bentwaters Airfield near Ipswich, Suffolk, UK and hit a lightning speed of 161.476 km/h (100.336 mph).
Bear in mind the average speed for a bumper car is just 5 mph!
The car took the garage inventor three weeks to build. Colin added a 600cc Honda motorbike engine, but ensured that the chassis remained that of a bumper car and the wheels were the same size, as required by the Guinness World Records rules for this title.
Ahead of the attempt Colin said: "Stig’s at his happiest when he’s making the slow, fast – so what better way to celebrate the new series of Top Gear than by taking a rusty old bumper car and converting it into the ultimate fairground speed machine!"
COnfirming the new record, Guinness World Records adjudicator Lucia Sinigagliesi who officiated the challenge said: “We’re all used to seeing The Stig driving at high speeds – but he’s usually in a sports car and usually on a race track,” she said. “To see him hurtle past in a classic bumper car at 100mph was surreal, but hugely impressive. Equally as impressive are the engineering expertise of Colin Furze – the combination of their skills makes for record-breaking fun.”