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Archive for the ‘speed’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Gone In Three Seconds: The 10 Fastest Cars To 60 MPH

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If you haven’t noticed yet, then you might start doing so now. We are in the golden generation of performance cars, and with the way the auto industry is unfolding before our very eyes, there is a hint of irony in the thought that we’re still a long way away from seeing the end of this blitzkrieg era. These days, supercars are being built at such a rapid pace that a six-year-old Lamborghini Aventador is already considered a “senior citizen” in the ranks, and the more exotics we get, the more these performance records will go by the wayside.

Take the all-too-important “acceleration time” as an example. We all know it to be the time it takes for a car to hit 60 mph (or 62.1 mph – 100 kph) from a standstill position. The 1995 McLaren F1 brought supreme importance to this performance time when it did it cleared a 60-mph sprint in 3.2 seconds more than two decades ago. Today, a 3.2-second, 0-to-60-mph car doesn’t even make it in a top 10 list of fastest accelerating cars. That’s not to say that the F1 is old news because that supercar, together with the Ferrari F40, will always be the industry OGs. But, the advent of the supercar era has also ushered in machines that are hair-raisingly fast to the point of disbelief. In line with that alarming realization, we’ve prepared a list of the ten fastest-accelerating supercars in the market today, ranking them from “slowest” to “quickest.

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Prepare yourselves if you’re driving any one of these cars

A few qualifiers before we start. I tried to make this list as comprehensive as I can, but obviously, there will be some supercars that will be left out, intentionally or otherwise. Rest assured, if you have the numbers to make it to this list, there’s a good chance that you’re going to be mentioned at some point. Ok, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s begin.

10) 2.9 seconds – Porsche 911 Turbo S / Lamborghini Aventador / Nissan GT-R NISMO / Ferrari F12tdf

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It seems fitting that we’re starting the list of at 2.9 seconds, isn’t it? A three-second, 0-to-60-mph sprint time is so 2011, so let’s leave them out of the picture entirely. There’s also a little bit of hilarity in the fact that it didn’t take me long to make a mess of my list. But hey, these four exotics deserve equal mention because they’re all mental in their own unique ways. Nissan does get special mention because of how far it’s come in the supercar world. There was a time not too long ago that mentioning Nissan in the same breath as Ferrari, Porsche, or Lamborghini would’ve drawn some giggles and side-eyes. Not anymore, folks. All because Godzilla remains a force to be reckoned with in the supercar industry.

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9) 2.8 seconds – McLaren P1

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It didn’t take long to get our first hypercar in the mix. The McLaren P1 shares more than just a name with the legendary F1. Both are also lightning quick on the block. The P1, in particular, can do it in 2.8 seconds, all thanks to a hybrid powertrain that combines to produce a staggering 903 horsepower. Here’s a little-known tidbit about the P1: it’s actually capable of surpassing a 2.8-second time if the ideal conditions are there. Not that it matters because hypercars can be prickly about “conditions,” but it is something worth paying attention to. And, speaking of paying attention to, equal shout outs to the BAC Mono and the Caterham 620R, two vehicles that nobody’s going to mistake for the P1, except that both are just as fast to 60 mph.

8) 2.7 seconds – Koenigsegg Regera / Hennessey Venom GT

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If you picked between these two, which one would you choose? Truth is, it doesn’t matter because both the Koenigsegg Regera and the Hennessey Venom GT are speed demons in their own right. They may be packaged differently – the Venom is a Lotus Exige at heart while the Regera is, well, automotive engineering at its apex – but rest assured, you don’t want to be sitting next to these cars in a starting line. Unless you’re driving any one of the cars that have yet to be mentioned on this list, it’s a foregone conclusion that the Regera and the Venom GT will leave you in the dust, weeping at the realization that you just got emasculated.

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7) 2.6 seconds – Rimac Concept One

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I had reservations about putting the Rimac Concept One on this list because it doesn’t have the stature of any of the other automakers in here. But, I can’t deny greatness and that’s exactly what the Concept One is. On top of being one of the first full-fledged, all-electric supercars in the world, the Concept One has somehow gained even more mystic after dismantling a Ferrari LaFerrari and a Tesla Model S in a recent video. Remember the name, folks. Richard Hammond – good to see him up and about now – certainly will.

6) 2.5 seconds – Ferrari LaFerrari

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The Ferrari F12tdf may have already been mentioned on this list, but the truth is that no list of fastest accelerating cars in the world will be complete without having a spot reserved for the Prancing Horse. Fortunately, the Ferrari LaFerarri is still around to remind us that Maranello is still in peak form when producing supercars. If there was anything that the LaFerrari taught us other than the fact that it’s blisteringly fast, it’s that Ferrari can adapt to the game changing rules and still thrive in the face of it. The LaFerrari may have set the bar for the Italian automaker, but you can rest assured that the objective within the company is to new see if it can create something that’s faster and a lot more powerful. Only time separates us from that inevitability.

5) 2.5 seconds – Porsche 918 Spyder

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Completing the holy trinity of hypercars is the Porsche 918 Spyder, a car so exquisite in its engineering that you forget that it can destroy just about any other car in a race to 60 mph. It’s emphatically quicker than the McLaren P1 and even with the identical times, the 918 Spyder actually nips the LaFerrari in terms of acceleration speed. Plus, the Porsche is arguably the most well-rounded of the three hypercars and far more importantly, was the cheapest of the three – priced at just $845,000 – before all of them were sold out.

4) 2.5 seconds – Ariel Atom 3.5R

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It’s technically not a road-going car in the traditional sense of one, but that doesn’t matter. The Ariel Atom 3.5R is more than capable of putting the fear of God on anybody who happens to be in the driver’s seat. We all saw what the Atom V8 did to Jeremy Clarkson’s face and while the 3.5R may not have the horses of its V8-counterpart, its 350-horsepower output rating on a body that only has a 550-kg curb weight still allows it to post a quicker sprint to 60-mph than just about every other car in the world

3) 2.3 seconds – Bugatti Chiron

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With respect to the almighty Bugatti Veyron Super Sport and its own 2.5-second acceleration time, I’m putting it together with its successor, the Chiron. It’s a testament to Bugatti’s capability to bring us some of the fastest and most powerful cars in the world when an all-conquering masterpiece like the Veyron Super Sport can still evolve into something that’s faster and more powerful. That’s what we have with the Chiron, which boasts an incredible 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque. Here’s the best part though: knowing what Bugatti was able to do with the Veyron, there’s reason to expect that a more extreme Chiron could be in the way. Imagine what that car can do.

2) 2.3 seconds – Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

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It was billed as the fastest-accelerating muscle car in the world and it sure as heck lived up to it. The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon’s ability to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph is beyond incredible. Considering that the only car to beat it in an acceleration test is an electric car, there’s no doubt that the SRT Demon is also the fastest-accelerating, gas-powered car in the world. There are no ifs and buts about it, folks, The Demon is a monster in every sense of the word.

1) 2.28 seconds – Tesla Model S P100D

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The Tesla Model S P100D is the ultimate in car irony. It’s the fastest-accelerating car in the world and it’s also arguably one of the quietest and most environmentally friendly cars you’ll ever come across. It’s also no surprise that it sits on top of this list even though the Challenger SRT Demon did give it a serious run for its money. In the end, the Model S P100D still reigns supreme, at least until a hotter version comes along. And to think, all Elon Musk had to do was figure out that electric power meant instant torque…

PostHeaderIcon Elon Musk Wants to Send You from Los Angeles to Shanghai in 36 Minutes

I don’t know how many times I’ve come to you guys with news that Elon Musk is changing the world and revolutionizing travel, and yet, here I am again with another new development. Okay, to be fair, this isn’t really a new development, but more like a refreshed idea based on other ideas that have already been partially set in motion. Call it an expansion of Elon’s mind and the answer the question we were left with earlier in the week when Musk mentioned he had recognized some “unrealized applications” of SpaceX technology. Well, today the man finally got to speak his mind at the IAC2017 (International Astronautical Congress), and his main talk involved the redefining of his first manned mission to Mars. We’ll talk more about that later, as there are some pretty cool things to discuss, but what’s more important is that Musk is – for once – thinking with a more down to earth approach.

So down to earth, in fact, that he’s talking about traveling anywhere in the world – that’s right; from any location to any location – in less than an hour. We’re talking about Hong Kong to Singapore in 22 minutes or Los Angeles to London in just 32 minutes. Hell, a trip from L.A. to N.Y. would take just 25 minutes. That’s right; we’re talking about crossing the country in less than a half hour and crossing the world in less than an hour – now that’s what I like to call fast. Apparently, this will be possible with Elon Musk’s theoretical rocket, dubbed BFR or “Big Fucking Rocket” (no, we’re not kidding about the name,) which will lift a SpaceX spaceship into orbit around the earth. The ship with then target its destination and begin its descent back to the planet, ultimately settling on floating pads near most major cities. Neither the rocket or spaceship exist at this time, but Musk claims construction could hopefully start within the next six to nine months. Want to learn more about it? Keep reading!

So… from L.A. into Orbit, to Shaghai in 36 Minutes…. sound’s legit

In theory, passengers would load into a luxurious boat – most likely a Tesla boat because why not? – and will be taken to the floating launch pad. They will board the rocket, which happens to be the same one that will carry humans to Mars in 2024, and launch toward the heavens. This also involves hitting a maximum speed of 27,000 kph or 16,777 mph. Once in orbit, the rocket will break off (instead of heading to our red neighbor) and land itself at a predetermined location. Once the ship lands, passengers will disembark, make their way to another luxurious boat, and arrive safe and sound less than an hour later in their destination city. Now, the only thing left to sort out is how the U.S. government and other world governments will ruin the experience with security and how we’ll handle the sheer chaos involved with international travel. You know they’ll still require passports and luggage checks – there goes that half travel time, huh?

Anyway, with this in mind, it could be a really nice idea, but one really has to wonder how good it will be for the environment, whether or not it’s affordable enough to be feasible, and if your average joe could actually make the trip. After all, anyone going into space and dealing with the sheer force of traveling fast enough to leave this big ball of rock has to go through a pretty extensive medical evaluation. But, what do you think? Let us know in the comments section below. And, if you’re curious about the projected times between most major cities, check out the chart below – we’ve compiled a fairly huge list just for you.

Travel Path Time
Hong Kong – Singapore 22 MIN
L.A. – Toronto 24 MIN
L.A. – NYC 25 MIN
Bangkok – Dubai 27 MIN
Tokyo – Singapore 28 MIN
London – Dubai 29 MIN
London – NYC 29 MIN
NYC – Paris 30 MIN
Honolulu – Tokyo 30 MIN
Tokyo – Delhi 30 MIN
Melbourne – Singapore 30 MIN
Sydney – Singapore 31 MIN
L.A. – London 32 MIN
London – Cape town 34 MIN
London – Hong Kong 34 MIN
Sydney – Tokyo 35 MIN
L.A. – Buenos Aires 35 MIN
L.A. – Shanghai 36 MIN
Sydney – Delhi 36 MIN
NYC – Tokyo 37 MIN
Sydney – Johannesburg 37 MIN
Delhi – San Francisco 40 MIN
L.A. – Adelaide 42 MIN
Sydney – Dubai 40 MIN
Sydney – Athens 47 MIN
L.A. – Johannesburg 50 MIN
Sydney – Zurich 50 MIN


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PostHeaderIcon All The World’s Fastest Cars Have Nothing On This Water-Powered Rocket Trike

The race to be “the fastest and most powerful” is a real thing in the auto industry. But give me a car – the Bugatti Chiron, Koenigsegg One:1, or any of those hypercars – and I’ll raise you this water-powered rocket bike. If you want to talk about speed, this little devil goes in front of the line.

This bike is the creation of a Francois Gissy, who some of you may remember as the same person who once trashed a Ferrari 430 Scuderia back in 2014 using a similar rocket-powered bicycle. Well, Gissy’s back in the news with a new creation that makes the Chirons and One:1s of the world look like tortoises by comparison. The Frenchman even went to the Circuit Paul Ricard in France to test out his new bike and, boy oh boy, serious fireworks happened. Imagine this: the water-powered rocket bike accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 0.55 seconds. 0.55 seconds! That’s almost four times faster than today’s fastest-accelerating supercars. That’s not all, either. Gissy also managed to cover a quarter-mile distance in 3.95 seconds, quicker than the 0-to-60-mph acceleration time of most of today’s sports cars.

Here’s the craziest part, though. According to Gissy, the bike’s ungodly acceleration time creates G-forces that are far more brutal to the body than what astronauts experience when they’re launched into outer space. Gissy claims 5.13 Gs, to be exact. These numbers delivered by the water-powered rocket bike are beyond belief. Seriously, they sound ridiculous to the point of cartoonish. The good news is that for those who are skeptical of what Gissy was able to accomplish, there’s video evidence of him actually putting his creation to the test. Trust me when I tell you, it gets all sorts of crazy.


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PostHeaderIcon Dodge Viper ACR Almost Breaks Seven Minutes At The Nürburgring: Video

It may not have succeeded in reclaiming the Nürburgring production car lap record from the Lamborghini Huracán Performante, but finally, the Dodge Viper got the proper send-off it so richly deserves, all thanks to the passion and determination of the Viper Owners Association. Relentless in their pursuit of Nürburgring glory, members of the group continued to bang in laps around the Nürburgring in an effort to unseat the Huracán Performante’s record lap time of 6:52.01. It failed to even get close, but that shouldn’t take away from the accomplishment of squeezing in a lap time of 7:01.3 around the 12.9-mile lap.

Yep. Against all odds, drivers Dominik and Mario Farnbacher and all the people involved in the endeavor managed to improve on its previous fastest lap of 7:03.23, coming a second over actually breaking the seven-minute barrier. The achievement is made even more impressive by the fact that these Viper owners had little to no help from Dodge or FCA to bring the Viper ACR to the famed German track. The collective relied on a fund-raising effort and a few sponsors to even come this far in their quest and while they did fall short of their ultimate goal (the Huracan was still nine seconds faster around the track) they have nothing to be ashamed about.

They did what FCA and Dodge should’ve done in the first place. They gave the Viper a proper tribute and had they not crashed out, who knows if they could’ve really broken that all-too precious seven-minute barrier. It doesn’t matter now, nor should it because the Viper Owners Association represented the Viper about as well as they could. Well done, guys.

PostHeaderIcon We Need More EV Performance Cars

In case you missed it, BMW just released details on the updated 2018 i3,
and the big headline isn’t the tweaked exterior styling or new interior color schemes. For any reader of this website, the most important part of the refresh is the addition of the i3s, a slightly sportier iteration of the all-electric eco-box bearing a little more power (up 184 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque compared to the regular i3’s 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque) as well as a lowered, stiffer suspension, and more aesthetic aggression. While not exactly a game changer, it’s a good sign of things to come. You see, the world needs more EV performance, and even the greenest of EV revolutionaries should be pushing for more battery-powered speed machines.

“Why’s that?” you might ask. “I thought it was all about efficiency and hypermiling and responsible commuting with that crowd.” While all these things are indeed important in the EV community, a focus on speed brings with it all kinds of benefits. For starters, faster EVs naturally lead to further battery development. If you’re constantly on the go pedal, you’re gonna be draining the battery mighty quick, which means there’s further incentive to stuff more range into every pack. This is doubly so in something like an EV racing series, which is a natural progression when you’ve got tons of popular performance cars out on the road. Indeed, it’s something we’re already seeing with the Tesla Model S, which has thus far challenged the gas-burning competition at the drag strip and Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and even gained its own racing series with Electric GT. The point is this – racing is good for the breed, no matter the end goal.

Furthermore, new EV performance cars also help to expand the segment, drawing in new customers and challenging preconceptions of what an EV “should” be. Just look at what Tesla did with the Model S. Now there’s proof EV’s can be quick, sexy, and luxurious, and additional performance EV’s would bring in even more of the traditional gearhead audience.

As they say, winning is winning, even if it’s by way of electrons rather than dino juice. We need more EV performance cars.

PostHeaderIcon Crowdfunded Nürburgring Run Is A Fitting Send-Off For The Dodge Viper

Leave it to people power to get something done that an automaker of Dodge’s status wasn’t able to do. Most of you will probably remember a few months ago, a group of Dodge Viper enthusiasts started pooling their resources together to accomplish one goal: send the fifth-generation Dodge Viper to the Nürburgring to attempt a lap run. I didn’t think that it could happen, but I’m happy to have been proven wrong. The crowdfunding movement actually worked and a bone-stock Viper ACR found its way to the famed German race track. More importantly, it was able to set a lap time of 7:03.45, almost nine seconds quicker than the 7:12.13 lap time set by its predecessor back in 2011.

It’s true that the current-generation Viper ACR’s lap time is still a long ways away from the current production car lap record of 6:52.01 held by the Lamborghini Huracán Performante. But just because it’s still over 10 seconds away from the record, it doesn’t mean that the Viper ACR’s time at the ‘Ring was a complete waste. In fact, the lap time set by the American sports car placed it sixth-fastest of all time among production cars, faster than the Nismo-prepped Nissan GT-R, the Mercedes-AMG GT R, and the Chevrolet Corvette C7 Z06. More importantly, driver Dominik Farnbacher and the team behind the attempt will make a go at the track a few more times this week with the goal of besting the lap times of the Porsche 918 Spyder and the Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce. Looks like the Dodge Viper ACR’s quest for Nürburgring glory isn’t done just yet.

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PostHeaderIcon Top Gear Is Back To Its Old Ways Of Getting In Trouble

Just because the names and faces have changed doesn’t mean Top Gear has changed with the times. It’s still a magnet for controversy, and just as sure as summer months bring unbearable heat, the show’s latest dive into hot water has found itself on the naughty list of the Norwegian government. According to The Drive, representatives of Norway’s Public Roads Administration revoked the show’s permit to go past speed limits in the country after magnetic loop speed sensors embedded in the road captured instances of cars used by Top Gear doing speed runs well beyond what was allowed in the permit. The show’s permit required it to not go past 87 mph on public roads, but these same speed sensors caught separate instances of cars from Top Gear going as fast as 151 mph. Oops.

The issue is currently under investigation by police authorities in the country, so said Møre og Romsdal police inspector, Anne Berit Lian, who told local news outlet TV2 that it’s natural for law enforcement officials to “investigate whether these speed overruns have been committed in the period when the road has been closed and has been used for filming.” For its part, the BBC has also come out with a statement of its own, telling The Drive that the network and the show are “fully cooperating with the police investigation into the matter.” It is worth noting, too, that neither Matt LeBlanc nor Chris Harris were in the area where the alleged speed infractions occurred.

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PostHeaderIcon Mitsubishi Evo X Does Quarter Mile In 8.48 Seconds, Sets Record, Melts Face: Video

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.

PostHeaderIcon Maximum Evil – What Is The Dodge Demon's Top Speed?

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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PostHeaderIcon Meet the Vitronic Speed Enforcement Trailer

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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PostHeaderIcon All-Electric Corvette Races To New Electric Land Speed Record

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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PostHeaderIcon Jet Dragster Breaks 300 MPH Barrier On The Strip

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.

PostHeaderIcon Burnouts: The Science Behind It, What Goes Wrong, And How To Do It The Right Way

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.

PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Camaro Clocked Doing 171 MPH On Minnesota Highway

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.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

PostHeaderIcon McLaren P1 Passes The 200 MPH Barrier At The Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds: Video

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!

PostHeaderIcon In-car Footage of Koenigsegg Agera R Speeding Down the Autobahn

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.

PostHeaderIcon Hennessey HPE750 Mustang Hits 207.9 MPH: Video

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.

Hennessey HPE750 Mustang Hits 207.9 MPH: Video originally appeared on on Friday, 5 June 2015 15:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Video: Watch the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Back Up Its 204-MPH Top Speed

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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Video: Watch the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Back Up Its 204-MPH Top Speed originally appeared on on Thursday, 29 January 2015 14:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Video: Alpha Omega GT-R Runs the Quarter Mile in 7.7 Seconds

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.

Video: Alpha Omega GT-R Runs the Quarter Mile in 7.7 Seconds originally appeared on on Saturday, 22 November 2014 06:00 EST.

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