The Stig has claimed a new Guinness World Record, after driving a bumper car to a speed of over 100mph.
The world’s fastest ever dodgem was designed by Colin Furze, who built the 100bhp bumper car in the space of three weeks. Furze added a 600cc engine originally from a Honda motorbike. Previously, the dodgem traveled 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.