It must've been a slow week at an Isle of Man bodyshop when mechanics David Anderson and Mathew Hine decided to "tweak" a mobility scooter for a bit more speed. The garden-variety Days Strider model was designed to go 8 mph, so naturally the pair added an 80-horsepower, four-cylinder, liquid-cooled Suzuki motorcycle engine. That made the chassis and tires woefully inadequate, so they also redesigned the frame and added go-cart wheels. "But that's not really a mobility scooter anymore," you may say.

Well, the Guinness folks specify that "from the outside the vehicle must appear like a traditional motorscooter. ... [but] the engine may be modified or replaced in a way that seems suitable to gain a higher speed." With Hine at the wheel, the run actually happened in August 2014, but it took Guinness quite a while to certify the feat. The official world record of 107.6 mph was measured as an average over a quarter-mile stretch of the test track, and handily beat Colin Furze's old record of 71.59 mph. Judging by the wheelie bars, Pops could take any comers in a drag race, too.

Chest Cam footage of one of the runs this run was 107.6 mph we did that speed on a regular basis too just didnt manage to get over it .....yet! there is still tomorrow

Posted by Andersons Bodyshop on Saturday, August 30, 2014


This article by Steve Dent originally ran on Engadget, the definitive guide to this connected life.

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