A plumber has set the record for the FASTEST mobility scooter in the world – with an incredible speed of 71.59mph.
Colin Furze, 32, exceeded the national speed limit of 70 mph when he raced the petrol-powered super scooter at the world famous Santa Pod raceway in Northants.
He spent nearly three months and £400 converting the machine which has a powerful 125cc motorbike engine hidden under the seat, five gears and twin exhausts.
The British racing green mobile does 10 miles to the gallon and is nearly NINE times faster than an average mobility scooter which glides along at just 8mph.
“It’s great to have set the record and have the speed clocked officially and superb to have gone more than 70mph,” said Colin, who wore a helmet and full leathers for the record drive.
“I needed to go at 61.4 mph to do the record and I managed to do much better than that which is fantastic.
“The scooter was a bit twitchy when I was going at a high speed and it was quite uncontrollable but I managed not to crash.”
Colin decided to transform the scooter after he was given the machine by a friend, who runs a mobility scooter repair shop. He was determined to build the fastest mobility scooter in the world and applied to Guinness to set the record as there wasn’t one already in place. He was told his scooter would have to travel at least 61.4mph and still look like a commercial mobility scooter.
“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,” said Colin, from Stamford, Lincs.
“I was told I could modify the engine but I wasn’t allowed to change the appearance in any way so I couldn’t give it bigger wheels or make it more stable.
“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.”
He removed a 125cc engine from his motocross bike and spent a week rebuilding the frame of the scooter.
“I was a bit nervous when I first started it up as In wasn’t sure if it would work, but it sounded good and got to 64mph, then 69mph very quickly,” he added.
“I was worried it would be a real death trap to drive but it’s not too bad when you get used to it.
“It takes people by surprise as it looks like the real thing but it’s really noisy when it gets going.”