Parmalat’s new motorized sofa which was powered by a Suzuki GSX 1400 motorcycle engine and comprised a two-seater in leather along with a handy coffee table has set a new world record of 163km/h on the runway at Camden Airport. The previous record was set by Marek Turowsk from Britain whose home furnishings had a speed of 148km/h in 2008.
The new Guinness Book of World Records sofa set was designed by a team of race car and bike designers, Evolution Motorsport for Ice Break Parmalat from Syndey.
According to the project leader, Paul McKinnon, this is the oddest vehicle they have ever designed and they tried to keep it as low profile and simple as possible. He explains that as opposed to race cars where one can use the aerodynamic body kit stipulated by the regulation for each series, in the case of the couch it was a completely different thing. They had to use the coffee table to try and break the airflow.
As per the regulations set out by the Guinness Book of Records, they needed two officially timed laps, one in each direction which has to be completed within an hour of each other.
So who said that we were just a country of couch potatoes?