Suck it, Hoveround.
Colin Furze didn’t let that arrest on a firearms charge for his flame-throwing moped convince him to stop modifying vehicles. Now he’s spent almost three months upgrading a mobility scooter that used to travel 12km/h (~7.5 mph).
“You hear people complaining about scooters going slowly around supermarkets and blocking aisles so I thought it would be a laugh to make a really fast one,” said Mr Furze, 31, a plumber from Stamford, Lincolnshire. Guinness World Records said he would be considered for the first mobility scooter speed record if he could hit 100kph – 61.4mph. [DailyMail]
He added a 125cc motorbike engine but was not allowed to alter the outward appearance if he wanted a Guinness record. This means he’s been driving 111km/h (69 mph) on a chassis and wheels meant to only travel around 8 mph. He says a wheel once fell off when he was slowing down. That isn’t going to stop him from attempting to hit 100kph at a race track later today, weather permitting. He’ll be wearing a helmet and safety gear while operating the five-gear, 10 mpg scooter, unlike the pictures below. I guess you don’t have time to put on a helmet when there’s cereal to be bought.