The best thing about world records is that you can just make one up, and people will consider it worth beating, even if it’s for drinking a whole bottle of ketchup through a straw. We do this all the time in motorsport; records are endlessly subdivided by a vehicle’s number of wheels, its street legality, propulsion type, bodywork, the surface it raced on, and so forth. Setting a new record is as simple as making sure your car doesn’t fit any preexisting category, like a former IndyCar and NASCAR mechanic did when he built what’s considered the world’s fastest jet-powered outhouse: The Port-O-Jet.
This contraption was constructed sometime in the early 2000s by one Paul Stender, whom Autoblog identifies as a former race mechanic, and who’s apparently known in some circles as “Jet Car Paul.” Metro reports he built the machine in a week’s time on an inflation-adjusted budget of under $10,000, utilizing a go-kart chassis, some scrap tubing for reinforcement, and a fake wood Country Classic outhouse for the body per Popular Science. Operating the outhouse required installing a twist throttle and hydraulic handbrake as well as extending the steering upward to a pair of handlebars. Of the driving experience, Stender unsurprisingly says it “drives a bit like an outhouse.”