Jolene Van Vugt is a professional motocross rider who holds the world record as the first female rider to backflip a dirt bike and the longest backflip, according to Sky News. Her expertise recently came in handy when she went faster than any human being has before - on a toilet. The new "porcelain princess" broke the toilet speed record with a jaw-dropping speed of 46 miles per hour. This shattered the previous record of 42 mph, set by Edd China in Italy during 2011, reports The BostonChannel.com.
"I've broken Guinness World Records before but I never thought I'd be the fastest toilet rider in the world," Van Vugt told the news source.
Van Vugt is the star of the extreme motor vehicle stunt show Nitro Circus, and was built by the show's team of engineers. Her record-breaking ride was one of the first events to kick off the show's 2012 Live Australian Capital City Tour, which features a slew of extreme motoring and sports events. Part dirt bike and part go-kart, the contraption features a toilet mounted on top of an aluminum structure with handlebars, and a go-kart engine. The engineers had to overcome the obvious weight constraints of the the device, while trying to balance the engine, the commode and controls to make it as safe as possible.
The Guinness Book of World Records requires the rider to take the average speed of two runs together to capture the record. Each of the runs was only over the course of 100 meters, so the toilet offered surprisingly acceleration so Van Vugt's average speed on both ride was more than enough to give her the title, reports MNN.com.
"I flew into Australia yesterday and came out here to jump straight on the toilet," Van Vugt told the news source. "That was so fun and I'm stoked to get the record."
While there are no clear contenders for Van Vugt's crown on the horizon anytime soon, Van Vugt hopes that a new wave of restroom racers will contend for the record in the future. In the meantime, the world's fastest toilet has been a major boost to the viewership of Nitro Circus. The show's engineers have yet to say whether or not a new prototype is on the way, and may be content to let the record stand for now.
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