Top Gear’s resident driver The Stig has claimed a new Guinness World Record, after driving a restored bumper car to a speed of over 100mph.
The world’s fastest ever bumper car was designed by YouTube star Colin Furze, who refurbished a 100bhp vehicle in the space of three weeks. Furze added a 100 horsepower, 600cc engine originally from a Honda motorbike. Previously, the dodgem travelled at a standard speed of 5mph.
“Stig’s at his happiest when he’s making the slow, fast,” Furze told the Top Gear official website, “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.”
Guinness World Records adjudicator was on site in Suffolk’s Bentwaters Airfield to witness the record-breaking attempt. “We’re all used to seeing The Stig driving at high speed, but he’s usually in a sports car and on a race track. To see him hurtle past in a classic bumper car at 100mph was surreal, but hugely impressive,” he said.
The next episode of Top Gear airs on BBC Two at 8pm this Sunday (April 2).