It’s official: meet the world’s fastest shed.
Kevin Nicks and his four-wheel-drive shed were timed at 99mph by the united kingdom Timing Association earlier this year and recently made a new attempt for a Guinness World Record. At the time of writing, Kevin is waiting for the official results, but, despite experiencing engine problems during the race, the hopes of easy to beat to the motor shed record of 58.41 mph, held by Edd China.
We met Kevin in the summer when I was about to leave in his shed from Land’s End to John O’groats in aid of Katharine House Hospice. It became a fun run when he met with the members of a car club forums training cruise up to half of the M5. Later, the quickest way to shed stopped at Elvington airfield in North Yorkshire, during an attempt to break the barrier of 100 mph. Kevin expected a new kit of the injection of nitrous oxide, the uprising of the power of your Volkswagen Passat 2.8 V6 petrol engine 190bhp to around 265bhp, would do the trick. Unfortunately, a wind from the side along with the ship of the brutal aerodynamics restricted top speed to 96mph.
Unbowed, on the way to complete the journey and duly arrived at John O’groats a couple of days later. With the work done, Kevin had planned a brief holiday tour around Scotland, the road-legal of the unit and in the heat of the moment, decided to tackle the famous North Coast 500 route. Completed in a 12-hour shift, then on the way home took in Loch Ness and Loch Lomond to round off the trip a week.
Despite appearances, the shed interior is very comfortable and visibility is excellent thanks to the huge expanse of glass security and rear-view cameras.
The shed is based on a 190,000 miles VW Passat 4Motion, which Kevin bought as a spare parts donor for your Passat daily driver. A steel frame supports the custom shiplap body and the whole project was completed in the entrance of your home. Since it was finished in the year 2015, Kevin has driven 20,000 miles in your shed to raise money for the charity.
“Throughout the past summer, I have competed in some place every weekend,” Kevin says. “Despite the fact that, obviously, is not a racing car.” Trips included one to the Jurby drag strip in the Isle of Man and another to Pendine Sands on the south coast of Wales, as well as regular appearances at Shakespeare Raceway at Long Marston, Santa Pod and Elvington.
When it comes to recording tracks, Kevin does not spare the horses. “At the foot of the mile, I always caned to the 7500rpm redline, taking into account that I had to drive home,” he explains. But in the attempt to Guinness record, a disaster. “In the first race, I thought ‘this is not working well”,” Kevin recalls, but he turned the nitrous oxide and pressed in.
Something serious, like a fracture of the valve, which had happened on the inside of the engine and lost compression in a cylinder, relegating it from a V6 to a V5. Surprisingly, it still works as well, if a little lumpily, but Kevin has already acquired a high mileage Audi Allroad as the next engine of donors.
The ‘new’ twin-turbo engine is a 250bhp in standard form, and Kevin thinks that, with optimization, he should get 320-330bhp. After that, Kevin plans another attempt on the barrier of 100 mph, possibly the application of a couple of aerodynamic tweaks recommended by some experts (including some of the F1) to visit the weekend of the race.
By the time, the ship has two large drainage pipes running through the ceiling to help the air channels in the rear. Future plans include the vertical of the wings down on each rear corner of the ship to guide the flow of air around the large plane of the rear to reduce drag.
Meanwhile, the ship continues to attract attention wherever he goes, putting a smile on the faces of the people and to serve as a support for an endless amount of selfies and videos. Despite receiving a generous offer to sell, Kevin didn’t plan to part with his beloved shed any time soon: “If I sell, that would be the end of the story. I could build another, but it would not be that, right?”
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The TV presenter Edd China set a Guinness World Record for the fastest bath in Milan, 10 March 2011 and which is still standing today. The record of the machine, called ‘the Bog’ Standard, is backed up by a motorbike and sidecar. It set a record of 42.25 mph.
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