Fastest edible vehicle
Mike Elder
27.48 kilometre(s) per hour
United States (Ridgefield)

The fastest edible vehicle travels at a speed of 27.48 km/h (17.08 mph), and was achieved by Mike Elder (USA), and piloted by Michael Andretti, at ilani, owned by the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, in Ridgefield, Washington, USA, on 18 November 2020.

For this attempt, Chef and Cake Artist Mike Elder built two edible vehicles that were raced side-by-side. The “white car” piloted by Michael Andretti is the record-breaking car for both the titles of Fastest edible vehicle and Longest distance covered by an edible vehicle.

The white car is a tribute to Michael Andretti’s 1991 championship season, and is built from 139 vanilla sheet cakes with buttercream frosting. The competing “black car” is a tribute to Mario Andretti’s 1979 Iola and championship season, and is built from 145 chocolate sheet cakes with buttercream frosting. Both cars are 12 layers of cake tall at the cockpit, with an additional 5 layers of cake on the rear scoop, and feature seats made from rice cereal treats. Both are fully covered in Satin Ice fondant, with edible images and fondant details. To design and build the cars from start to finish required the dedication of a team of 9 people over the course of 46 hours, equaling an astounding 414 manhours of work.

The edible vehicles are constructed on a home-built structural aircraft aluminum chassis with high-speed bearings and slick tires. The vehicles are more than 90% edible, with the inedible support weighing only 28.57 out of 298.46 kg (63 out of 658 lbs) for the white car, and only 28.12 out of 303.45 kg (62 out of 669 lbs) for the black car. The vehicles both measure 2.84 m (9 ft 4 in) long by 1.24 m (4 ft 1 in) wide by 0.93 m (3 ft 1 in) tall.

With the help of the homeless outreach organization Share Vancouver, the cake cars were broken down, served to people and fully consumed.