When Brit Colin Furze discovered he was going to be a dad, he thought there might be days when pushing his newborn baby in a pram up hills might be too much effort. So he set out to build a motorized baby stroller for him and his baby. But what started as an idea to aid a gentle walk with his child turned into a project to build the world’s fastest stroller, with the 33-year-old plumber-cum-inventor soon succeeding in his quest.
Furze, from Stamford in England, took four weeks to build his 50 mph (80 km/h) stroller, at a cost of £450 ($720). Featuring a 125cc motorcycle engine, a platform for Furze to stand on (no, he can’t run at 50 mph), four gears, a space for shopping and a drinks holder on the side, the Brit said it travels so fast that he’s set to be officially recognized by Guinness Records as the creator of the world’s fastest baby stroller.
Furze told The Sun that up to now he’s “managed not to crash” the motorized pushchair. Oh, and before you start thinking he must be some kind of irresponsible bozo taking son Jake – now a month old – out in a souped-up speeding stroller, rest assured that he only goes very slowly when his little one’s inside.
“I’ve had lots of envious looks from mums and dads, especially when they’re pushing their babies up hills,” he said.
However, Furze explained that when he takes it to the extreme, there are certainly risks attached. “It’s really unstable when it goes at top speed and if you hit a rough bit in the road you are in danger of falling off, but so far I’ve managed not to crash.”
Furze’s high-speed pushchair isn’t his first madcap creation. According to his website, the part-time inventor has also built “mobility scooters that can break the national speed limit, a motorbike that’s longer than two buses, and a moped that has a 15ft flamethrower.” Whatever is he going to think of next?