How to turn an ordinary couch into a RaceCouch

David S.
By David S. Wallens
Jun 9, 2024 | $2000 Challenge, Racecouch | Posted in Shop Work , Features | From the June 2020 issue | Never miss an article

Photography Credit: Dave Green

Some couches can recline. Others sport a built-in refrigerator, cup holders, and a little cubby for the TV remote. Georgia Tech’s Wreck Racing, regular entrants in our $2000 Challenge, built a piece of living room furniture that can go nearly 20 mph.


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RobertHess GRM+ Memberand New Reader
6/21/20 12:32 p.m.

Loved the article on the race couch. Nice!

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
6/21/20 2:58 p.m.

There used to be a guy in Minneapolis who would enter his motorized sofa in the annual Art Car parade.  There was someone else who combined a Laz-E-Boy recliner with a scooter, and apparently it was road legal - I'd see him driving around town and there were lights, mirrors and a license plate on it.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/16/21 12:08 p.m.

I was lucky to go for a ride on RaceCouch, and it's pretty sweet. 

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
2/19/24 3:11 p.m.

Every college dorm has a solid couch. However, I bet they rarely leave the building, let alone move under power.

DavyZ Reader
6/9/24 6:48 p.m.

What they did with the couch is remarkable, but if they want to set records with it, they need to up their game.  Edd China hold the world record for the fastest couch: 


90BuickCentury Reader
6/9/24 7:09 p.m.

His couch only does 87 MPH. This couch can hit at least 100 MPH.

maschinenbau GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
6/9/24 9:37 p.m.

Ha, I'm in that pre-race-couch photo, back when we simply hoisted it everywhere. Wow, that was 11 years ago and that couch was nasty even then.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/10/24 2:53 p.m.

In reply to maschinenbau :

Race Couch has seen things. 

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