My hat’s off to Perry Watkins, the British inventor and daredevil who just shattered the previous land speed record for a piece of furniture. Autoevolution reports Watkins turned in an average speed of 113.8 miles per hour driving his Queen Anne table, aptly named “Fast Food”. The table is powered by the motor from a 1994 Reliant Scimitar Sabre, and saw a top speed of 130 miles per hour during the run (with a little help from nitrous oxide). The table is road legal, as evidenced by the registration number in the photo.
The previous land speed record for piece of furniture was 92 miles per hour by a sofa driven by Marek Turowsk. Turowsk called the sofa “terrifying” to drive, and claimed that every bump made it feel like the sofa would take off. It’s worth noting that the world’s fastest sofa was built by none other than Ed China, star of the British TV series “Wheeler Dealers”.
Sofas and tables have too much frontal area to be truly fast, so I’m thinking about building the world’s fastest recliner to challenge for the title. I think a turbocharged Hayabusa motor should do the trick (and keep weight to a minimum), and the footrest could be tweaked to provide downforce. If done up right, we should be able to beat 114 miles per hour with no problem. Anyone want to donate a recliner or funding to the project?