Britain's Tom Bagnall has always enjoyed making new things and has always been passionate about engineering.

Which explains why he was keen to be the person to set the Fastest speed in a jet-propelled go-kart after joining a jet-car team as one of the pit crew.

Tom, from Cheadle, Staffordshire, managed a staggering speed of 112.29 mph (180.72 km/h) on CBBC's Officially Amazing, in York, UK, on 5 September 2017 and now his speed machine has made it into Guinness World Records 2019 as one of the book's "maker" spreads.

The go-kart was designed and constructed by fellow engineer Andy Morris.

Though the zippy track time appeared quite seamless, the road to the record-breaking time was not always easy, as Tom explained.

"There's been quite a few up and downs along the journey, mainly things setting on fire, blowing up or exploding - it’s all a big learning curve."

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The endeavour is far from safe – and even experts like Tom can find themselves apprehensive about racing such a volatile vehicle.

"Every time you step into that kart you're always slightly nervous. It's scary until you get into that seat and let go of the brake and plant the throttle."

However, Tom and Andy's dedication to the project has paid off, and the reward is sweet for Tom.

"It's really nice when things go well. Not only do we get the satisfaction of things actually working (which is rare for us!) also there's a good feeling of knowing you've achieved something, from not very much to a big thing like being in the Guinness World Records book. It's a very nice feeling to have."

As well as the jet-propelled go-kart, Tom has been working on creating many other wacky (and speedy!) vehicles.

"My speciality is making things go fast that should go fast - like mobility scooters and kayaks!"

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Tom's obsession with engineering and speed started at a young age, when he found his mind wandering in the classroom before discovering engineering as an outlet which stimulated his mind and creativity.

"When I was growing up I was always into engineering and making things - it's always been my natural skill. I'd work in the workshop until late. I've been building all types of crazy contraptions from a young age; I've just got the bug for speed!"

The versatility of engineering and being able to create something new motivates Tom to keep inventing. 

"Nobody can tell you what's right and wrong in this industry, you've got to be as creative as you can and follow your dreams."

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Tom’s big dreams of creating helped fuel his success.

"What I'd say to anyone is go for it, 100% in full pursuit, and do what you can to make your dreams work - if you dream big, you should do it."

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Tom's go-kart features in Guinness World Records 2019 which is jam-packed with incredible achievements and fantastic feats, as well as bursting at the seams with facts, figures and trivia! Find out where you can buy your copy.

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