It’s likely that at one point in time or another you’ve had a scooter promoted to you as a way to get around. It’s even possible you’ve read about scooters in relation to medical issues. Generally when you’re hearing about mobility scooters it has to do with new technologies or additional features that are being added to the product. Recently, that isn’t necessarily the case.
A UK based company called Garage Insanity has been using a customized scooter to compete in drag races with cars. Yes, it’s racing cars and winning! How is this even possible?
The minds behind Garage Insanity, Richard Underwood, John McNeil and Dale Glover, replaced the regular scooter motor with a motorcycle engine from a Suzuki GSX-600F. While most mobility scooters have a top speed of 10mph, this custom version has a calculated high speed of 140mph, which is faster than many cars even display on their speed gauges.
In the scooter’s last two races it beat two moderately fast dragsters; a Peugeot 106 and a Nissan Skyline R33 GTS-T. The fastest speed during the quarter-mile stretch that the scooter was unofficially recorded going was 102.2mph. But, the guys at Garage Insanity know they can do better than that.
In August, they’re going for an official world record for the fastest mobility scooter. The record is officially being held at 71.59mph down a quarter-mile strip. The record was set in 2010 in the UK by Colin Furze, who spent three years converting his scooter.
But, before Garage Insanity can go for the record, they’re planning to make a few more modifications to the scooter. They’ll be reducing the calculated top speed down to 130mph, but adding in a faster acceleration process.
Do you think they’ll take the record? Check out the video below of the scooter beating the Nissan Skyline and let us know what you think in the comments.