Man aims to set mobility scooter speed record
A British man hopes to become a worldwide record holder this week by going faster than anyone has ever gone before – on a mobility scooter.
Colin Furze, 31, of Stamford in Lincolnshire, has adapted an ordinary mobility scooter to take the 125cc engine from his motocross bike – and it's capable of 70mph.
He has applied directly to Guinness World Records and has been told that if he can set a speed of at least 61.4mph and ensure that his machine still looks like a scooter, then he will have a new world record.
Colin said: "You hear lots of people complain about scooters going really slowly around supermarkets and blocking the aisles so I thought it would be a laugh to make a really fast one."
He was given the machine by a friend, and soon determined to create the world's faster mobility scooter.
He said: "I initially tried experimenting with battery power but I only got to about 30mph and the batteries died really quickly so I knew then it would have to be petrol powered."
Colin's super-scooter is expensive to run, with a 10mpg fuel economy, but a lot faster than the usual 9mph crawl of an ordinary example.
Colin hopes to set the record at Santa Pod Raceway this week, and has uploaded a YouTube video to whet the public's appetite and show some his previous bonkers efforts off, including a flame-throwing scooter, for which he got arrested.
Check it out below.