A children’s supermarket ride powered by laughing gas has become the talk of the drag-racing circuit after breaking 100mph.
The Postman Pat van has achieved a quicker quarter mile time than a Lamborghini Murcielago and now holds the record for the world’s fastest coin-operated ride, Guinness confirmed this month.
Bramley petrolheads Tom Armitage, 25, and David Taylor, 33, bought the ride on eBay for £250 and set about doing it up last year before enlisting friend Ben Rushforth, 30, as a driver.
Mr Armitage said: “We saw the vans outside supermarkets and thought it’d be a good idea to put an engine in it.
“We were just planning to make a few YouTube videos with it at first. Nobody thought we would even get it to 40mph.”
But the trio proved the naysayers wrong when they carried out their first test runs last August and set their first world record at 85mph before vowing to push for 100mph.
After making improvements they upped it to 96.51mph at the NSRA Hot Rod Drags event last September.
They then added a Wizards of NOS nitrous kit which helped propel it to 101.36mph at York Raceway in May, when they set the latest world record.
Its 12-second quarter mile time was faster than an Aston Martin V12 Vanquish, Porsche 911 GT3 RS and a Pagani Zonda C12.
The van has since achieved 102.49mph in a demo run and the team now have their sights set on reaching speeds of 120 to 150mph.
They have also been pitting the van against some of the fastest cars around – and have left them standing.
PAT 1 has already beaten a Ford Mustang and a Porsche 968 and will take on the world’s fastest mobility scooter next month.
But while it has left its rivals eating its dust, it does not quite offer the same luxury driving experience.
Mr Rushforth, from Gomersal, said: “I’m 5ft 4ins but it’s still a tight squeeze to get in and there’s an engine between my legs. My feet are on the front bumper and my back is against the back door.
“There is no suspension and it goes all over the place because it’s so small, powerful and light.”