James Dyson claims his 2.2lb DC31 handheld vacuum has the world's fastest motor "by a long stretch." Thanks to a new switched reluctance motor, it's capable of achieving 104,000 revolutions per minute.

To put that into perspective, the Dyson motor is "ten times as fast as a commercial aircraft, five times as fast as a Formula 1 engine and more than twice as fast as the most powerful industrial milling machines."

Yeah, careful—you could probably suck the family dog into this thing from across the room. Because this technology is scalable, it's looking more and more likely that Dyson could build that super electric engine he has been talking about lately. The DC31 will retail in two versions, the standard DC31 and the DC31 "Animal" for around $220 and $270 respectively starting next month in the UK. [Dyson and Telegraph via CrunchGear]