Duo Seeks World Record for Fastest Hot Tub [Video]
It sounds like a lark, but it isn't. Two Southern California engineers are preparing to set the land speed record for the fastest hot tub in the world on the Bonneville Salt Flats. The amazing thing is how much engineering has actually gone into the endeavor.
Duncan Forster and Phil Weicker are the brains behind the attempt. They have fully converted a 1969 Coupe DeVille Convertible and dubbed it the Carpool DeVille. In true 21st century entrepreneur style, they turned to Kickstarter to fund their efforts and raised $11,251 from 203 backers; nine of whom kicked in a little over $1,000 each.
So why are they doing this? As they proclaim on their Kickstarter page, "Nobody's ever gone a hundred miles an hour in an open-air self propelled hot tub while sitting neck deep in soothing warm water. We aim to correct that mistake of history this August." August 9, to be exact.
The two, along with similar-minded engineers, have been working on the Cadillac, which comes with a 472-cubic inch V8, since 2008. As they say on their Kickstarter page, "[Since 2008] the team worked to ready the car, improving its heating, suspension, controls and pool plumbing, while working with the land speed racing community to ensure The Carpool DeVille would meet SCTA’s strict safety requirements." How much does it cost to attempt to see a world record for fastest hot tub? They outline their expenses. "This includes - but will surely not be limited to - week-long rentals of tow vehicles, trailer and RV ($3,500), fuel for the aforementioned vehicles ($1,500), car and driver safety gear required by the race officials ($2,000), food and incidentals ($1,000), race fees and club memberships ($1,000) and auxiliary equipment (like water tanks, tie downs, and sun shades) ($1,000)," say the engineers who first met as students in Canada back in 1997, when they converted a 1982 Malibu to a hot tub.
Among the steps they had to take to prepare the Carpool DeVille:
- Install enormous steel reinforcements designed to support thousands of pounds of water.
- Using medium density fibreboard (MDF), make a negative tub mold. Sand for what seems like a million days. Spray many gallons of noxious chemicals onto it to make it smooth and shiny.
- Lay up fiberglass onto the mold to create the custom tub.
- Reinforce, repair and paint the frame.
- Park some heat exchangers in the passsenger's foot well to heat the water in the tub using the engine.
- Make a custom air-ride suspension system. That's a lot of work to build the world's fastest hot tub, let's just hope it's all worth it.