World’s fastest ??????????

The need for speed

Photo: Hennessey

Show of hands, who likes to go fast? Relax, nobody’s going to tell. I’d be in the group and have had my 2007 Suzuki Hayabusa up to 130 mph. There was plenty left too because I’m told it will go 186. The Busa was the fastest production motorcycle at one time but today, that title goes to the Kawasaki H2R street version which will go 206 mph. When automakers throw cost and reason out the window, they come up with the Hennessey Venom GT which will go will go 270 mph. But that’s slow compared to the Thrust SSC, 771 which is a super-sonic, jet-propelled car crossing the speed trap at  763.035 mph in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada in 1997. Heck there’s even a bike, not a motorcycle, which can go just under 90 mph.

Yup, we like our “fast” in just about anything on wheels, even sheds. Leave it to a guy from Great Britain, where just about any vehicle can get a license, who now has the world’s fastest shed. No typo, it’s a shed, like the kind you might store the stuff that you can’t get into your garage. Kevin Nicks started with a VW Passat, powered by a 2.8 V6 which is good for around 200 horses and then built a steel-framed shed of his own design. While the 2.8 V6 is good enough to get the Passat around, it wasn’t when Kevin added all the extra weight he found out he needed extra juice so he bumped the HP’s with nitrous oxide good for 75 extra ponies. His top speed is just over 96 mph which is not too bad for a shed that can go just about anywhere. Watch and laugh.


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