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Inventors want world record for fastest hot tub

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The real Cadillac of hot tubs is out to set a world record. (Source: Ducan Forster/Phillip Weicker/CNN) The real Cadillac of hot tubs is out to set a world record. (Source: Ducan Forster/Phillip Weicker/CNN)

(CNN) – What’s hot about this hot tub isn't its temperature, it’s its speed.

“I've said, ‘Phil, what do you think it's going to feel like to go 100 miles an hour in a hot tub?'” Duncan Forster said to his partner, Phil Weicker.

Forster and Weicker call their creation “The Car Pool DeVille” because it once was a normal 1969 Cadillac DeVille. They bought it on eBay for $800 and proceeded to turn it into a motorized hot tub.

Their goal is pretty simple.

“We’re going to set the land speed record for the world’s fastest hot tub,” Forster said.

They plan to do it in August on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, where speed records are challenged once a year.

But in a hot tub? Forster said the sensation of driving with water up to your chest is “remarkably natural.”

“There’s something about combining two great passions: driving and hot tubbing,” Forster said.

They gutted the Cadillac, reinforced it and installed a custom fiberglass tub. The hot tub car seats five, including the driver, and the engine propels the car and heats the tub to over 102 degrees.

The pool equipment is in the trunk, and houses the pump, the filter and the overflow tank.

What propels this bad boy? A marine throttle that came from a website that sells yachting equipment - forward for fast and backward for slow.

Forster doesn’t recommend slamming on the brakes in this vehicle. He figures the water would splash onto the windshield and shoot back in the driver’s face.

“And we’re wondering if we should equip a helmet with a snorkel just to be sure,” Forster said.

Racing at the salt flats already requires the driver to have a safety cage and helmet.

“It shouldn’t be hard to set the record for fastest hot tub because currently, nobody holds that record,” Forster said.

Though the creators build the Car Pool DeVille themselves, they raised more than $11,000 on Kickstarter to pay expenses to get them to Bonneville.

By the way, the car only has regular automobile insurance. But Forster said they are now thinking of getting flood insurance.

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