Meet the world’s fastest hot tub

This beautiful piece of art will soon be a reality. I'm absolutely gonna preorder this baby!

It all started in 1996 with a group of McMaster University engineering students, some heavy drinking, an abandoned Chevy Malibu, and a crazy idea. The next morning the power tools were out to turn the Malibu into a drivable hot tub dubbed, “the Carpool,” and today they're attempting to set the land speed record for well... uh... hot tubs with their newest creation, Carpool DeVille:

The Carpool had a good run, being a local legend and even being featured at the 2001 Canadian International Auto Show, but all good things must come to an end. By the time the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) offered to help sanction a run at Bonneville Salt Flats Speedway to officially become the “World’s Fastest Hot Tub,” the car was in sorry shape.


The hopes of running the Malibu at Bonneville were gone, but the dream of grabbing the title of the “World’s Fastest Hot Tub,” were not. Fast-forward to today and the Carpool engineers are back at it with a 1969 Cadillac DeVille aka the Carpool DeVille.

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The crew has been working tirelessly for six years to preprare for Bonneville:

The team [has been working] to ready the car, improving its heating, suspension, controls and pool plumbing, while working with the land speed racing community to ensure The Carpool DeVille would meet SCTA’s strict safety requirements.

The Carpool DeVille is ready to hit the salt flats for her first fun this fall, but they need your help. They’ve started a kickstarter campaign to cover the costs associated with racing the Carpool DeVille and the rewards even include your own chance to take a dip in the tub!


The Carpool DeVille got its full funding and headed to Bonneville in 2014! Unfortnuately, Bonneville got rained out this year. Word on the street is the Carpool DeVille has been on the pool show circuit. Makes sense, we suppose. We're assuming the car will be back at Bonneville in 2015 so they don't bum out their Kickstarter supporters.

Thanks to 24 Hours of LeMons for the heads up on this!

Image credits: Kickstarter, Carpool DeVille

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