Crazy-fast mobility scooter takes on a Nissan Skyline

You don't want to miss this showdown between a car and the most incredible mobility scooter ever seen by CNET.

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The ultimate sleeper. Garage Insanity

The phrase "world's fastest mobility scooter" will most certainly raise eyebrows and inspire chuckles, but what does it even mean? A stone-cold racing machine that packs more punch than an older Nissan Skyline. Don't believe me? There's a video to prove it.

Built by a team of tinkerers at Garage Insanity on the Isle of Man, the superpowered mobility scooter contains a Suzuki GSX-600F motorcycle engine and can do 0-60 in about three seconds and hit speeds topping about 156 miles per hour. Yes, you read that correctly: a scooter that does 0-60 faster than most cars on the road.

John McNeil, a founder of Garage Insanity, told me the scooter came about in a moment of boredom. His associates, Dale Glover and Richard Underwood, worked on the machine in their spare time, often saying, "This can only be a good idea" as it came together. After choosing the right engine, the team fabricated the rear of a racing kart, put it into the scooter, and slapped on a fiberglass shell.

During our chat, McNeil nonchalantly mentioned that the scooter once did a quarter mile in 13.281 seconds at 102.2 miles per hour. There's only one word for that: wowza. On August 31, the team will attempt a Guinness World Record on the Isle of Man and may beat the existing world's fastest mobility scooter's speed of 72 miles per hour.

In a hilariously insane video making the rounds today, the scooter takes on a 250-horsepower Nissan Skyline R33 GTS-T in a quarter-mile run. The results will blow you away.