A standard mobility scooter might be suitable for someone living at a slower pace, such as a retiree, but if you’re a busy working professional or just a busy individual with a lot of energy, having a faster model of mobility scooter might be a better fit for your lifestyle. But how fast can your mobility scooter actually go?

The short answer to this is “however fast you like”. You may have seen headlines about people who race mobility scooters, which tells you everything you need to know. The current record-holder for top speed is Sven Ohler, who raced his mobility scooter at 112mph at the DEKRA Test Oval racetrack in Germany in May 2017. Impressive as this is, it’s likely not practical for your day-to-day life. Unless you’re Sven, that is.

Most mobility aids in the UK fall into two categories. Those in Class 2 are restricted to 4mph, whereas if you own a Class 3 scooter, you can go up to 4mph on the pavement and 8mph on the road. However, by replacing the motor and drive gear, machines such as Wild & Wacky’s Black Viper model is upgraded to a massive 16mph, with enough torque to beat some petrol scooters off the line.

This should go without saying, but we’re going to anyway: it’s not safe to go this speed on the pavement. At 16mph, you will be travelling four times faster than standard walking pace and at least twice as fast as most other mobility scooters. This is the only time we’ll ever encourage you to follow the crowd. In this case, just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

Nonetheless, the Black Viper is a superfast alternative to the “granny scooter” that most people associate with mobility products. It’s dynamic and eye-catching, more akin to a motorbike than a mobility scooter and really takes things to the next level. Its sturdy body work makes it not only suitable for the road, but for outdoor adventures and bumpy terrain.

Freedom and independence are paramount with the Black Viper. The super comfortable seat and impressive speed will make getting around easier and safer than ever, whether you’re leaving your friends struggling far behind on their bikes on an outing or efficiently going about your busy life.