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Enthusiasts the world over shed a tear when Mitsu killed off the rally-bred Lancer Evolution last year. After 10 generations and nearly a quarter century of bringing high-tech speed to the masses, you could say we were growing rather fond of the Japanese imports. Thankfully, even with production now ended, Evo owners are still pushing the limits of what’s possible with the platform. The latest evidence of this comes from Texas and the TX2K17 drag racing event, where one Evo X managed to set a new world record by doing the quarter mile in an astonishing 8.48 seconds at 164 mph.
Documentation of the new record comes courtesy of 1320 Video, which put together this superb three-and-a-half minute bit of evidence, complete with tons of runs, lots of hard launches, and plenty of pleasing noises. The video starts with rollouts, which offer good prep for the later, more serious runs. The video then follows the Evo’s progress towards quicker and quicker ETs, ending with the record-setting 8.48. Watching this thing scoot down the strip is pretty awesome, especially when you consider the pilot is working a five-speed manual, rather than a sequential shifter. We can’t wait to see where it goes next.
Unless you’ve been hiding under a proverbial rock for the last few weeks, you’re most likely familiar with the specs for the newly released Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Just in case, here’s a quick refresher – 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque from a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 running on 100-octane race fuel. 0-to-60 mph in 2.3 seconds. 200 pounds lighter than the Hellcat. 9.65 seconds at 140 mph in the quarter mile. 3-foot wheelies off the line. Dodge is quite clear on the matter – the Demon was built to do one job very, very well – traverse the quarter-mile run as quickly as possible while maintaining some semblance of street legality. At this point, it’s obvious this beast-mobile is quick, but there’s one tidbit of info Dodge has conveniently left out of the conversation thus far – how fast is it? To find out, we pulled out our calculator and did a little thought experiment.
Speculating on the top speed of a car like the Demon is actually a pretty complicated proposition, but if you’re looking for a quick and easy answer, here it is – 168 mph. That’s the maximum-rated velocity for the Demon’s Nitto NT05R drag radials, which means that’s pretty much the car’s top speed if you don’t swap out the rubber.
But let’s presume you did change the tires – given ideal conditions and a long enough track, how fast could the really Demon go? Read on to find out.
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Vitronic is a company that specializes in what I would call traffic technology. They sell and distribute technology to assist in traffic enforcement and even things like toll and vehicle identification systems. If you live in Europe, you’ve probably seen, or maybe even fallen victim to, one of its average speed or red light enforcement solutions. Vitronic also has another speed enforcement system that you should be on the lookout for, but this one can be moved easily and will likely pop up in places you would never expect it.
The image you see above is what the enforcement trailer looks like. I know you’re probably saying “that’s not like any trailer I’ve ever seen.” And, you would be right. For starters, the wheels and tongue of this trailer tuck away and hid inside its thick outer shell – that shell is bulletproof, by the way. It can operate uninterrupted for five days, but that doesn’t matter because law enforcement can replace the batteries on site if needed. The device uses LIDAR technology to detect the speed of vehicles across multiple lanes at the same time, and sure will snap a picture of your vehicle and plate, should you violate the posted speed limit. Once a violation has been detected and a picture taken, all the available data is then wirelessly transmitted to local law enforcement.
If you think that something like this can be easily stolen or destroyed, think again. As I said before, the wheels and tongue stash away inside the bulletproof body when it is deployed. Being bulletproof means you can’t easily render it useless. Smashing into it probably won’t do much either. That leaves physical tampering, right? I wouldn’t try that either. This this is rigged to alert local law enforcement should someone try to gain unauthorized access to it. So, unless you know the ins and outs of the device itself, chances are you’ll still be neck deep trying to break in while the boys casually roll up behind you – not a good situation.
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The Genovation GXE all-electric Chevrolet Corvette made headlines in February 2016 when it set the top speed record for a street legal electric car when it shot to a top speed of 186.6 mph on the tarmac of the NASA Shuttle Landing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Impressive, right? Well, in a space of just five months, the Genovation EV Corvette laid waste to its “old” record by blasting to a top speed of 205.6 mph.
It’s only fitting that Genovation Cars took this quick to obliterate its own record. After all, the Maryland-based company promised back in February that more speed runs were planned in the future. It didn’t say when and where it was planning to do these runs, but as it turned out, it returned to the scene of its previous record-breaking run – the Kennedy Space Center – to tack on another 20 mph to its world record.
For those who may need a refresher on the record-breaking EV Corvette Z06, Genovation Cars achieved its incredible performance capabilities by ditching the sports car’s original 7.0-liter V-8 mill in favor of a a 44 kWh battery and a pair of electric motors. The result is an output of 600 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, which adds up to an extra 95 horsepower compared to the V-8’s output of 505 horses and 470 pound-feet of twist. The production C6 Corvette Z06 was capable of hitting a top speed of 198 mph so it’s impressive to see that an electrified version of the same car was able to to break the 200-mph barrier on its way to posting a supercar-like – and record-breaking – 205.6 mph.
Those who may be interested in owning a Genovation GXE should probably keep tabs on any announcements coming from Genovation Cars. In addition to its plan of making even more speed runs in the future, the company is also planning to bring the model to market in limited production. Unless something unforeseen happens, the company expects to begin taking pre-orders for the car in the next few months.
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What do you get when you cross a fighter jet with Goodyear rubber and tiny cockpit? You get a jet dragster that could quite literally take flight if it had wings. In this video, we see the Fifty Cal jet dragster making a run during test and tune night at RT66 back in September of 2014.
It’s hard to say much without ruining the video, but to put things simply, the dragster manages to run a quarter mile in less than six seconds and hits more than 300 mph. Can you imagine what that must feel like? Surely, there aren’t that many people who have crossed that barrier on four wheels. If only we could convince the driver to mount a GoPro on his helmet – now that would be a video to see, considering none of us will ever do the deed ourselves.
The video itself is just over four minutes long, with the highlight coming in the last few seconds of the video. That said, I suggest you watch the whole thing anyway. Just firing up one of these jet engines is a task, and it’s pretty interesting to see how the car is prepared and staged before the man inside tests his manhood as he almost instantly jumps to 300 mph. Fair warning: Jet engines are loud and create quite a whistle, so you might want to turn down the volume and adjust it after you hit play. The frequency alone could damage some speakers if cranked to high, and it’ll make your dogs go crazy. So, hit play and enjoy the video.
Burnouts. They are a great past time for any guy who has had a car with a little bit of power and a necessary evil for those who like to hit the quarter mile strip on the weekend. It seems pretty easy, right? Slam the gas, let the wheels break loose, steer the car, and hope people stay out of your way. Unfortunately, it’s really not that simple. The internet is littered with videos of “that guy” and the untimely demise of his car because he just didn’t know what he was doing.
See, there is a lot more to burnouts that just having raw power in your hands. There is a science to it, as well as skill. You have to know your car, how to control a skid, and everything has to be just right, or you might end up biting a curb, destroying your car’s drivetrain, hitting another car, or worse. In this article, we’re going to cover the science behind burning out, why things tend to go wrong, and discuss how to do it the right way, so you don’t end up staring in the next viral video of a driver who bites off more he can chew while leaving an auto show.
Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, I want to start by saying that there is an overwhelming number of burnout fail videos involving Mustangs. I don’t know why that is. I do have an opinion, but we’ll leave that discussion for a more appropriate forum (maybe the comments section below.) That said, I have made it a point to only include one Mustang fail video here so you Ford fans don’t get your panties in a bunch. Other bits we’ll discuss include a Chevy Camaro that eats the curb, a Dodge Charger that loses its nose, a BMW that catches on fire, and a Chevy Corvette that will need a lot more than $600 tires after a failed attempt at burning out. While it might be fun to laugh at the guys here (not that they don’t deserve to be laughed at, at least a little,) the important thing here is to identify what went wrong, why things took a nasty turn, and what you need to know so your car can live to show off another day.
There’s something to be said for somebody who puts his Chevrolet Camaro to the absolute limit on a race track. That environment is contained and you’re not going to get in trouble for doing 171 mph. But on the road, or to be more specific, on a highway, the mere suggestion of doing 171 mph is absolute lunacy. Unfortunately, the driver of a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS found himself on the crosshairs of the law when he was clocked going at that exact speed along the Duluth-Two Harbors expressway, a stretch of Minnesota Highway 61.
According to the Duluth News Tribune, Hermantown Police Department Deputy Chief Shawn Padden found himself having to apprehend the egregiously careless driver upon hearing the screams coming out of the radar gun on his Dodge Charger Pursuit. Padden recounted the incident, saying that the clock started showing 171 mph before the car blew past the squad car “in a blur” just before 7 pm local time. The quick-thinking police officer immediately gave chase, going as fast as 135 mph just to get “close enough for him to see my lights on.”
Fortunately, Padden’s Charger was up-to-task, largely thanks to the police car’s 370-horsepower, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine. He managed to catch up to the driver, pull him over, and cite him for misdemeanor careless driving, a step up from the traditional misdemeanor tickets routinely handed out in “slower” incidents. Under Minnesota law, a guilty finding or plea results in a fine of up $1,000 and jail term of up to 90 days in cases involving speeds of more than 100 mph.
The incident involving the Camaro is the second time that a car was going over and above the highway’s 65-mph speed limit. In February 2016, a Nissan Sentra as clocked doing 137 mph.
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The Geneva Motor Show is always overpopulated with a number of supercars each year, and in 2014, that is exactly where the McLaren P1 made its long-awaited debut as the successor to the McLaren F1. Despite strong competition from models like the Ferrari LaFerrari and the Lamborghini Veneno, all 375 planned production models had been spoken for by the end of 2013. And, there is a good reason for it, with one of them being showcased in the video you’re about to watch.
In the video, you’ll see a number of different cars from Porsche to Lamborghini lined up on the landing strip, but this video – at least the last half of it – is focused around the P1. At first, I thought all the cars were going to make a break for the sound barrier, and that would have been a pretty gnarly race, but instead we get to see the P1 doing what it does best – going fast.
The video itself has some awesome sound effects and some quality music playing in the background, but the coolest part is the in-cabin view of the P1 pushing past the 200 mph barrier. The title of the video says the P1 hits 205 mph, but in reality, we see that speedo tick up to 207 at the last second. Just wait until you see the aerial view of the P1 on its sprint – it looks like a rocket as it barrels down the track. Let us know what you think and enjoy the video!
One of the best things about visiting Germany, or maybe even living there, is the Autobahn, the national highway with certain stretches of roadway with no regulated speed limit. That’s quite the thing to experience. But, imagine hitting that long stretch of unregulated roadway in a vehicle like the Koenigsegg Agera R.
Well, since chances are you’ll never get that chance, someone was nice enough to take an onboard video while riding in an Agera R that appears to hit more than 220 mph. We never really get a shot of the speedo, so we can’t say for sure, but those other cars certainly appear to be sitting still as the Agera rockets past them. And, is it just me, or does that Agera sound like it is about two seconds away from breaking the sound barrier?
Anyway, it is a short video, but well worth your time to watch. I actually watched it twice. I recommend you use headphones, or watch it in a place where you can really crank up the volume – you most certainly want to hear the therapeutic noise produced by that 5.0-liter, 1,140-horsepower engine. By the way, this is probably one of those videos you’ll want to bookmark for later. Once we get our hands on all the new virtual reality headsets that are about to debut, this video might prove to be one hell of a VR experience.
The sixth-generation Ford Mustang GT is already a quick car, but if you want it to be hair-on-fire-bat-guano-crazy quick, then we would point you toward Hennessey Performance outside of Houston, Texas. Hennessey’s HPE750 upgrade includes a 2.9-liter supercharger and a long list of other go-fast parts that pump the 5.0-liter Coyote V-8’s output up to 785 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 648 pound-feet of torque and 4,400 rpm.
That’s powerful enough to do 0-60 in 3.4 seconds, the quarter mile in 10.9 seconds and more than enough to break 200 mph. To prove that last part, the Hennessey guys took a HPE750 Supercharged Mustang to the 8.5-mile high-speed oval at Continental Tire’s proving grounds in Uvalde, Texas. With professional driver Brian Smith behind the wheel it hit an incredible top speed of 207.9 mph, making it the first gen-six Mustang to exceed 200 mph.
Not bad for car that costs under $70,000, but perhaps the coolest thing about the HPE750 is its sleeper status. Aside from some subtle carbon-fiber aero additions, a vented hood, Hennessey wheels and a few new badges, it’s barely distinguishable from a stock Mustang GT. It also gets 15.1-inch Brembo front brakes to make sure it stop as good as it goes.
As it happens, Jay Leno was on hand to watch it all play out for an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage. Look for it later this year.
This is amazing footage. It just does the heart good, somehow, to see a Mustang go that fast.
We’ve seen the burnouts, the dyno runs and the quarter-mile times, but one thing we’ve yet to witness with regards to the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is a top-speed run to back up its claim of 204 mph. With Dodge getting ready to kick off sales of the Charger Hellcat, it released a video showing this sedan achieving its supercar-like top speed.
For starters, Dodge has the wonderful advantage of owning a 7.5-mile, high-speed oval track. It was here that the Charger Hellcat set its stunning top speed figure, on a cool, late-July morning last year with wind speeds ranging from 8 to 14 mph. It used a radar gun to clock the speed of the car with both a tailwind (206.9 mph) and a headwind (202.2 mph), averaging a top speed of 204.55 mph.
Most importantly, these runs were made with a Charger Hellcat in full production trim, with the exception of added safety items like a roll cage and racing harness. Despite the camouflage (this video was shot before the car’s introduction last August), Dodge says it made no modifications to the car’s aerodynamics, and it even used the stock tires that come on the Hellcat straight from the factory – a set of specially designed Pirelli.
What’s even more amazing is how stable this car looks at such a high speed, which is beyond impressive considering that at its core, it’s just a full-size family sedan.
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It looks like the folks over at AMS Performance have scratched another entry into the history books with the Alpha Omega GT-R, this time via a 7.70-second blast down the 1320 at 186 mph. Throw in the fact that this car sports a full interior and stock body, and that accomplishment becomes even more impressive.
The team battled uncooperative weather and malfunctioning timing equipment at Royal Purple Raceway in Bayside, Texas, but managed to lay down the record-setting run once the clocks were fixed, the rain clouds had dispersed, and the track had dried.
Watching the video, it appears as though the laws of physics are broken when this highly-tuned Godzilla rips out of the hole in an all-wheel-drive wheelie, followed by a mad scramble for traction as the monstrous power coming from the tweaked-out turbo V-6 makes it to the ground via large drag radials. As the clouds creep in and the lightening flashes off in the distance, you can feel the gravity of the moment.
According to the AMS website, the Alpha Omega car holds the record for fastest and quickest GT-R in the quarter mile, as well as quickest 30-to-130 mph at 3.32 seconds, 100-to-150 mph at 2.15 seconds, and 0-to-300 km/h (or 186 mph) at 7.56 seconds. When we last saw it, horsepower figures came in somewhere around 1,700, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see even more now in the search for extra tenths.
While AMS might save some time stripping out the interior and replacing body pieces with lightened composites, we actually like how stock this thing is (that is, if a car with a parachute could be considered “stock”). You can bet this won’t be the last time you see the Alpha Omega GT-R, and we’re excited to see where AMS takes it next.