eBay Mechanics Challenge – Racing Milk Float
eBay Motors have set themselves a challenge worthy of Top Gear, to turn a milk float into a race car using parts and accessories from eBay Motors. The eBay Motors Mechanics Challenge launched at Snetterton will see British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) star Tom Onslow-Cole and TV motoring expert Edd China work with the eBay Motors BTCC team engineers on the transformation.
Edd is well known in the world of wacky racers, he holds the record for the fastest furniture, at 92 mph and you’ve probably seen his street legal car creations – the double bed, leapord print sofa, office desk, garden shed and sidecar bath. He’s also the builder of the double decker cars used on Top Gear.
They’ve got their work cut out though, Tom says that he was a bit shocked when he saw that they would be turning a milk float into a race car and that when test driving the float he was “pleasantly surprised” that it made it around the circuit in under ten minutes!
The current lap record officially stands at 56.095 seconds so there’s a way to go. 90 seconds appears reasonable for track days, and allegedly a Racing 2CV has gone around the track in 1 minute 51 seconds so that should be a reasonable first target for a souped up milk float.
The basic challenge is for Tom and Edd to turn a milk float into a race car using parts and accessories from eBay Motors, where they’ll find more than 18 million parts listings and 250,000 cars and motorcycles for sale. BTCC fans and motoring enthusiasts get the chance to vote on the parts and accessories from eBay Motors that will be used to transform the milk float into a race car.
The finished car will be on display for fans at the final BTCC round at Silverstone on the 7th October 2012. We’ll let you know when you can start voting on the parts from eBay Motors that they’ll be using.