Paddy McGuinness has set a new world Guinness World Records title by reaching a top speed of 80.043mph in an ice cream van.
The presenter achieved the feat driving in Mr Nippy at Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire on Monday October 26th.
Although the record was broken after filming concluded on the current series, BBC One viewers were introduced to Mr Nippy in tonight’s episode of Top Gear where Paddy came up with a plan to try and save the traditional ice cream van.
His answer lies in the shape of the home-built, all-electric, all-terrain ice cream van for the 21stcentury. The vehicle sweeps streets, crosses beaches, and has even got an on-board rubber ring for aquatic ice cream delivery.
Paddy’s new record surpasses the previous one of 73.921 mph, formerly held by inventor Edd China.
The vehicle is based on a 1979 Bedford CF ice cream van with a 1980s Land Rover 110 chassis, Tesla running gear, and powered by Mercedes/Tesla batteries.
The final episode in Top Gear’s 29th series saw the Bolton-born host showcase Mr Nippy’s unique features to fellow presenters Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris around Blackpool before a paintball shoot-out against a crack team of hot food vehicles on Salisbury Plain.
Addressing his world record triumph, Paddy McGuinness enthused: ‘Since joining Top Gear I’ve already had a lifetime’s worth of amazing experiences but achieving a Guinness World Records title is total life goals.
‘The distant jingle of an ice cream van still makes kids and adults giddy with excitement and I hope viewers enjoy what we’ve done with the unique Mr Nippy.’
Top Gear is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.