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Worcestershire firm developing 55mph powerchair to smash Guinness World Record

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A specialist electric vehicle company has begun design on a powerchair which is being created for a disabled man who wants to set the world record for the fastest time set over a mile in an electric wheelchair.

Jason Liversidge, who has motor neurone disease, will have to travel faster than 55mph to achieve his goal but according to his wife he is hoping to eventually hit 100mph.

Similar speeds have been achieved before my mobility scooters, but they are usually converted to petrol-powered vehicles.

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Mr Liversidge has partnered with Indra to develop the specialist piece of equipment but still needs a further £10,000 to pay for the components.

He is also appealing to any individuals or businesses who can help him achieve his record.

He has already completed a number of challenges including abseiling off the Humber Bridge and climbing Mount Snowdon.

Liz Liversidge said her husband was “hoping to smash [the record]”, according to the Yorkshire Post. She said: “He is hoping to go more than 100mph – he is absolutely crazy.

“I’ve gone along with everything he has done so far but I will certainly be leaving this one up to Jason. There is no way I will be travelling anywhere near 100mph in a wheelchair.”

Jay Derrett from Indra told BBC Look North: “The biggest challenge is making something that is capable of the speeds Jason is wanting to achieve but that can still be controlled by him, with a limited amount of body function left. It is going to be quite a challenge but there are a lot of technologies out there now.”

The plan is to place logos on Mr Liversidge’s helmet and on his parachute. He will control the powerchair using a joystick.

Indra is a UK based supplier of electric vehicle components and services and specialises in supplying parts and conversion from combustion engine to 100% electric.

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