Most sofas never get to experience any serious pace. On occasion they might reach a speed of around 1 km/h when burly furniture movers carry them into a house but they spend most of their tough lives doing all of 0 km/h. But not the world’s fastest couch, it can travel more than the NZ speed limit and then go even faster.
An Australian-based couch has just broken the world record for the fastest couch on the plant (yes, there really is a record). A team from Sydney have turned a rather ordinary brown two-seater into a machine capable of traveling in excess of 150 km/h. In fact, it recorded a top speed of 163.12 km/h to smash the previous record of 146 km/h set by an English man back in 2008.
The couch wasn’t alone in its triumph either, it shared the glory with a coffee table and a bowl of fruit. The couch was specially built for the world record attempt by Evolution Motorsport, a racing firm from Sydney.
The speedy sofa is powered by a Suzuki GSX 1400 motorbike engine and according to the project leader, Paul McKinnon the biggest challenge was battling the aerodynamic obstacles of pushing along a chunky piece of furniture. We aren’t aerodynamic masters but we’d guess that the coffee table isn’t just ornamental and doubles up as some sort of air splitter. Sneaky Aussies.
Bet your couch is looking pretty lame right now. To check out the record setting run, view the video below. Read the rest of this entry »