The Stig has taken a restored clapped-out 1960s bumper car to breaking point by driving it over 100mph at a Suffolk airfield, claiming a new Guinness World Record title in the process.
YouTube star Colin Furze was tasked by BBC Worldwide with building something fast from something incredibly slow for The Stig to put through its paces to celebrate the return of the world’s biggest motoring entertainment show. Despite the average speed of a dodgem car being around 5 mph – The Stig increased that twentyfold thanks to Colin’s clever engineering and the addition of a 100 horsepower, 600cc Honda motorbike engine.
After a three-week build, with his progress being documented on his YouTube channel, Furze and his revamped bumper car met up with The Stig at Bentwaters Airfield in Suffolk where Top Gear’s racing driver promptly set a new land-speed world record of 100.3mph witnessed by Guinness World Records Official Adjudicator Lucia Sinigagliesi .
Colin Furze commented: “Stig’s at his happiest when he’s making the slow, fast – so what better way to celebrate the new series of Top Gear than by taking a rusty old bumper car and converting it into the ultimate fairground speed machine!”
Lucia Sinigagliesi, Guinness World Records Adjudicator said: “We’re all used to seeing The Stig driving at high speeds – but he’s usually in a sports car and usually on a race track. To see him hurtle past in a classic bumper car at 100mph was surreal, but hugely impressive. Equally as impressive are the engineering expertise of Colin Furze – the combination of their skills makes for record-breaking fun.”
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