Colin Furze, 31, spent nearly three months converting the machine which has a powerful 125cc motorbike engine installed under the seat, five gears and twin exhausts, which has reached an astonishing 69mph.
‘You hear lots of people complaining about scooters going slowly around supermarkets and blocking aisles so I thought it would be a laugh to make a really fast one,’ said Mr Furze, a plumber from Stamford, Lincolnshire.
The petrol-engined speedster, which is British racing green, can almost reach the national speed limit and keep up with cars on the motorway. It does 10 miles to the gallon and is nearly nine times faster than an average mobility scooter which glides along at just 8mph.
“It is quite scary when I’m driving it fast as the frame is pretty flimsy and designed for going along at slow speeds,” said Mr Furze. “You can’t take your eyes off the road when driving it as any rash steering decisions could make it flip over and the slightest dip or bump in the road makes it drift off course,” he added.
Mr Furze decided to transform the scooter after he was given the machine by a friend, who sells and repairs them. Guinness World Records said he would be considered for the first mobility scooter speed record if he could hit at least 61.4mph.
“I was told I could modify the engine but I wasn’t allowed to change the appearance in any way so I couldn’t give it bigger wheels or make it more stable.”
He is now planning a time trial at the Santa Pod Raceway in Northamptonshire to claim his place in the record books, and says: “My aim is to hit 70mph.”
“I initially tried experimenting with battery power but I only got to about 30mph and the batteries died really quickly so I knew then it would have to be petrol powered.”
He removed a 125cc engine from his motorcross bike and spent a week rebuilding the frame of the scooter. “I was a bit nervous when I first started it up as I wasn’t sure if it would work, but it sounded good and got to 64mph, then 69mph very quickly,” he added.
“I was worried it would be a real death trap to drive but it’s not too bad when you get used to it. I haven’t had any crashes but the wheel fell off when I was slowing down once. I’ve nearly been in the hedge a few times.’
“It takes people by surprise as it looks like the real thing but it’s really noisy when it gets going.” Colin is now going to do a time trial at a local racetrack and is hoping to gain a place in the Guinness Book of Records.