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PostHeaderIcon Jaguar E-Pace Sets Record For Farthest Barrel Roll in a Production Vehicle

It’s hard to have a more successful world debut than what the Jaguar E-Pace just had. You would think that being the second SUV in Jaguar’s lineup would be enough to catch people’s attention, right? Nope. Jaguar had to do something different, and it did just that by setting a new Guinness World Record for the longest barrel roll of any production vehicle, doing so by hitting a 50 foot-long jump and completing a 270-degree corkscrew in the process. The world record itself is impressive, but it’s really old hat for Jaguar, which has made a habit of setting world records upon the debuts of its new models. Remember, the Jaguar F-Pace also launched itself in the record books when it set the loop-the-loop record with a measurement of 62.6 feet during its launch in 2015.

Renowned stunt driver Terry Grant took the wheel of the E-Pace during the barrel roll attempt, which was an excellent choice as Grant owns 24 Guinness World Records. Think the E-Pace’s barrel roll record is his crowning achievement? That’s up for debate since he also owns the aforementioned loop-the-loop record with the F-Pace, not to mention his other records, including driving a Nissan Juke on two wheels and going 55 mph for 1.6 miles while piloting the Nissan Leaf. This new world record set by the E-Pace is the perfect showcase of the new SUV’s agility and performance capabilities. It’s hard to imagine any kind of real-world application as far as barrel-rolling is concerned, but then again, a record is a record and Jag’s new SUV can now be considered a legitimate world record-holder.

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PostHeaderIcon The Porsche 911 GT2 RS Wants To Break The Seven-Minute Mark Around The Nürburgring

Whether or not you believe in the significance of the Nürburgring lap time record, what’s important is that automakers thing highly enough of it that they’re willing to make chest-puffing claims about their car’s ability to tackle the 12.2-mile race track. Porsche is no different and it has proven as much by being one of the most prominent brands to uphold the sanctity of the Nürburgring production lap time record. It once held that title with the Porsche 918 Spyder’s blistering lap time of 6:57, but now it’s calling its own shot by claiming that the new 911 GT2 RS will be able to join the hypercar as the only two Porsche models in history to post a sub-seven-minute lap time.

Frank-Steffen Walliser, the man behind Porsche’s GT program, dropped some hints of the new sports car’s performance abilities, telling Motoring that the new 911 GT2 RS is “no seven at the Nürburgring,” before adding that fans will have to “wait and see” and give the company “some time” to “check it.” It’s not exactly the most convincing way to call your own shot, but Walliser did say that the company will use the same exact specification of the engine and tires as the production car. No gimmicks here, apparently. There’s no timetable set for when Porsche plans to do the 911 GT2 RS’ Nürburgring run, but rest assured, all eyes will be on Stuttgart’s most powerful production 911 when it does set off for that lap.

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PostHeaderIcon Relive Sebastien Loeb’s Record Run Up Pikes Peak: Video

In case you were unaware, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is getting underway right this very second, and that means a whole swath of race-ready rides congregating in Colorado to take a swing at the 156 turns and high-altitude craziness that is America’s Mountain. And while simply getting to the top unscathed is in itself quite the accomplishment, some are vying to etch their names into the history books by beating the current standing record time of 8 minutes, 13.878 seconds, set back in 2013 by legendary rally champion Sebastien Loeb in a Peugeot 206 T16. But, as you might expect, such a feat is easier said than done, as evidenced by the above-featured video documenting every turn of Loeb’s incredible blitz to the clouds.

From the off, it’s clear Loeb is holding nothing back. The same talent that earned him an unprecedented nine World Rally Championship titles is very much on display, as is his incredible bravery as he uses every inch of pavement, even with nothing more than heart-stopping drops in place to greet him should he muck it up. The video combines a multitude of camera angles, including a passenger seat POV, in-car shots, bumper shots, and helicopter shots, providing the viewer with a fantastic overview. Also of note is just how clean the run is, with very little in terms of sliding or corrections. Will 2017 be the year Loeb’s record falls? By the look of it – probably not.

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PostHeaderIcon Fiat’s Feeling Mighty Generous With a Record-Breaking Giveaway

In case Oprah Winfrey decides to do another car giveaway in the near future, she’s going to have a tough time beating out what Fiat and an Italian supermarket chain known as Esselunga. Together, the two Italian companies did something that earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records: they gave away a staggering 1,495 Fiat 500s as part of Esselunga’s 60th anniversary, a staggering total made even more impressive by the fact that all these models are actually special editions in their own right.

Winners of the Essalunga-hosted competition all dropped to Fiat’s Mirafiori plant to take delivery of their new special edition 500 models, referred to officially as the Fiat 500 Essalunga. The model is based on the 69-horsepower, 1.2-liter variant of the Fiat 500 and comes with an exclusive Pastel White body paint finish, an Ivory-dressed interior, and a set of 14-inch wheels. In addition to these features, the car also receives a trove of equipment, including seven airbags, climate control, Uconnect 5 infotainment system, AUX-IN and USB ports, steering wheel controls, and LED daytime running lights. Needless to say, all 1,495 cars that were part of the giveaway at the Fiat plant were collected in less than two days by grateful owners from all over Italy. I’d be grateful too if was part of that list.

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE Sets Camaro Record At Nurburgring

The newly introduced Camaro ZL1 1LE has just become the quickest Chevy Camaro to lap the Nurburgring track. The supercharged coupe equipped with the revised 1LE package lapped the German track in seven minutes and 16.04 seconds, which makes it 13.56 ticks quicker than the Camaro ZL1 that the company tested in 2016. The record was achieved using a suspension setup adjusted for optimal track performance and running on the production Goodyear tires, so there’s no trickery involved. At least none that stands out.

As a brief reminder, the 1LE package adds a range of performance-enhancing features, including Multimatic DSSV (Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve) front and rear dampers, special front dive planes, carbon-fiber rear wing, and exclusive Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tires. The 1LE is rated at the same 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque as the standard Camaro ZL1. The 1LE package adds $7,500 to the ZL1’s sticker, increasing the final price to $69,995 before options.

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PostHeaderIcon Bugatti Test Driver Thinks The Chiron Can Reach A Top Speed Of 280 MPH

A production car hitting a top speed of 300 mph remains one of the most sought-after records in the auto world. Some cars like the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport and the Hennessey Venom GT have come close to reaching that number, but unless Hennessey has some surprises up its sleeve with the new Venom F5, it appears that Bugatti isn’t actively striving to reach for that mark for the time being.

Speaking with Popular Mechanics, Bugatti test driver and former Le Mans champion Andy Wallace indicated that even if the Chiron is capable of achieving an unlimited top speed of 300 mph, it’s unlikely that the company will seek to find out. A big reason for that, at least according to Wallace, pertains to the tires, or the lack of a specific set of tires that can withstand the pressure of a car going that fast. Apparently, the Chiron has valve caps on each wheel that weigh 2.5 grams when the supercar isn’t moving. But that weight equates to about 16 pounds when the car is hitting its so-called “limited” top speed of 261 mph. With the load on the wheels increasing exponentially as the car goes even faster, the Chiron’s tires would not be able to handle the G-load that they’ll inevitably be subjected to. Fortunately, Wallace did tell Popular Mechanics that Michelin is currently developing a set of tires that can help elevate the Chiron’s top speed to north of 280 mph. It’s still not 300 mph, but it should be more than enough to make the Chiron the fastest production car in the world, depending on what Hennessey accomplishes with the Venom F5.

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PostHeaderIcon The Hennessey Venom F5 Wants To Destroy The Bugatti Chiron

When a car company decides to name its hypercar after the most powerful class of tornado in the world, there’s a certain level of expectation that needs to be met. Fortunately, that company is Hennessey and it’s got big plans for its new creation, the Venom F5. We’ve all heard a lot about the Venom F5 and the company’s plan for the car to become the fastest and most powerful production car in the world. But now, John Hennessey and his boys are making it clear for all the world to hear: the Venom F5 is coming to eat the Bugatti Chiron.

Challenging the Chiron is a tall order in it of itself, but if there’s one company that’s proven to be up to the task of taking down the mighty Bugatti, it’s Hennessey. That sentiment doesn’t come with a tinge of hyperbole either because Hennessey has already done it in the past when the Venom F5’s predecessor, the Venom GT, broke the Veyron Super Sport’s production car top speed record when it clocked a top speed of 270.3 mph. Issues with its “production status” prevented the Venom GT from claiming the Veyron Super Sport’s record, but regardless of what the record books say, the supercar did break 270 mph. Now, Hennessey wants the Venom F5 to make the Chiron look like a bow-legged tortoise by comparison with a goal of approaching a top speed of around 300 mph. Say what you will about Hennessey’s ambitions, but it’s hard to dismiss it because the automaker has already proven so many people wrong with the Venom GT. Now that it’s the F5’s turn, look out, Bugatti.

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PostHeaderIcon The Toyota GT 86 Re-Establishes Its Claim As The King Of Endurance Drifting

The Toyota GT86 has had a very interesting life since it burst onto the scene in 2012. It’s captivated and frustrated people from all corners of the world, and to this day, it still finds a way to make headlines. In fact, the 86’s latest news-grabbing episode has all to do with the Guinness Book of World Records, specifically the car etching its name into rarefied air by setting a new record for the world’s longest drift, going a distance of 102.5 miles with its tail out and eclipsing the previous record of 89 miles.

South African journalist Jesse Adams takes the distinction of piloting the 86 in the record slide, upending German racer Harald Müller’s record-setting attempt in 2014, which he set while drifting… a Toyota GT86. So basically, the GT86 beat the GT86 for the record, an achievement not lost on anyone who swears by the coupe’s ability to kick its rear out for extended periods of time. The record has yet to be verified by representatives from the Guinness world records, but all signs point to it getting the nod since the model that was used was largely stock in configuration except for the larger fuel tank that was put in place in the spare-tire well. So once more, all hail the Toyota GT86 as the kind of endurance drifting. I’d say it’s a title that the car isn’t too keen on giving up anytime soon.

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Reveals Hardcore STI Type RA NBR Special Edition: Video

Don’t look now, but there’s a go-faster Subaru WRX STI just over the horizon. Per usual, the Japanese superhero is labeled with a string of letters that promise more speed than the standard model, rocking the moniker Type RA NBR. The Subie faithful will be quick to recognize the name – the last time we saw it was in 2013 with the tS Type RA, a model limited to the Japanese market. Prior to that was the original Type RA from the ‘90s, a tuned-up, hardcore iteration of the GC8 WRX. This latest version is framed as an all-out time attack racer, and you can preview its AWD turbo goodness in the above-featured 2-minute teaser video.

By the look of it, the new Type RA won’t be street legal, but word is it will be coming stateside. Cue fan boy happy dance. Subaru also says it’s gearing up for a run at setting a new record at the Nurburgring for four-door sedans later this year. The automaker has yet to give us an official spec sheet, but more info is expected to drop next week. In the meantime, read on for a little speculation on what this thing is packing.

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PostHeaderIcon Watch The Nio EP9 Smash the Nurburgring Record for EVs

The EV craze has unearthed several startup automakers claiming to develop the best high-performance vehicle in recent years. However, most of them failed to deliver anything beyond a prototype, while those that did weren’t that impressive. NextEV is an exception from this unfortunate rule, with its Nio EP9 set to go into production soon with amazing specs. What’s more, the electric hypercar has already set a new record for EVs at the Nurburgring track.

And, the Chinese firm has just released the video!

Packing 1,341 horsepower and a staggering 4,671 pound-feet of torque, the Nio EP9 lapped the “Green Hell” in only 7:05.12 minutes, setting a new record for electric cars. Definitely not surprising given the outrageous output, but the fact that the Nio EP9 is only 13 seconds slower than the quickest production model at the ’Ring is damn impressive. Not to mention that it’s 17 seconds quicker than the previous record holder for EVs, the Toyota TMG EV P002. And yes, I’m talking about a race car!

Getting back to how awesome the Nio EP9 really is, only three gasoline production models were quicker on the ’Ring: the new Lamborghini Huracan Performante, the Porsche 918 Spyder, and the Lambo Aventador SuperVeloce. The Radicall SR8LM and SR8 are also quicker, but both are track-only vehicles. The Nio EP9 lapped the German track quicker than cars like the Nissan GT-R Nismo, Mercedes-AMG GT R, Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR, and Ferrari 488 GTB, among other spectacular production models.

Pretty impressive right?

Granted, it’s not as exciting as a conventional car when it comes to engine note, but I’m willing to look past the whining and swooshing for the performance. Hit “play” to watch the video.


PostHeaderIcon Should Automakers Put So Much Stock On The Nurburgring Lap Record?

The Nurburgring lap time record has been in the headlines recently now that the Lamborghini Huracan Performante has officially set the lap record around the track with a lap time of 6:52.01. That said, the achievement didn’t come without any controversy as a handful of people questioned the legitimacy of the lap record, which prompted a response from Lamborghini itself. This exchange leads me to this question: should automakers really put that much importance on the Nurburgring lap record?

There’s no doubt that it’s a tricky question to answer, in large part because a lot of the cars that make a run at the record are of the power and performance persuasions. Being the fastest around the Green Hell is proof of the car’s capabilities and, in some cases, it becomes a huge selling point in trying to literally sell the car to the consumers. Heck, even James Glickenhaus has gone out and proposed an actual competition to determine which car really is the fastest around the track, presumably doing so on claims that his new SCG 003S track car can lap the world famous track in just 6:30 and change. On these counts, the importance of the Nurburgring lap record is self-evident.

But are automakers putting too much importance on it and sacrificing other things about their cars just so these cars can claim to being the fastest around the track?

I can tell you personally that there are longer stretches of roads where these cars drive on when they’re not in the Nurburgring, so in those cases where power and performance take a back seat to handling and comfort, that Nurburgring lap time does not matter. And, for all the pomp and circumstance attributed to these record laps, automakers should be just as wary about making sure that these cars are as fun to drive on public roads.

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PostHeaderIcon James Glickenhaus' Idea Of A Nürburgring Lap Time Competition Is Never Happening

Say what you will about James Glickenhaus’ braggadocious tendencies, but the man is good for some headlines. He was confident enough to launch his own car company. He was confident enough to compete at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring. And he’s confident enough to call his own shot at the production car lap record at the Nürburgring. Yes, the same man who recently unveiled the intense SCG 003S at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show believes that his newest creation can lap the Green Hell in just 6:30, which would be 27 seconds faster than the current record-holder, the Porsche 918 Spyder.

Glickenhaus is apparently so confident in his road-going SCG 003S that he told Car and Driver in Geneva his intention to create a competition at the iconic German racing circuit to determine, once and for all, which production car is the fastest around the track. Not stopping at simply proposing the competition, the man behind the P4/5 also wants the competition to be held immediately after the qualifying stage of the 24 Hours of Nürburgring with the added caveats that automakers who participate in it are required drive the cars from Cologne to the Nürburgring using only a single set of tires and then using the same set of tires during the competition.

He does admit that it would be too late to hold the competition this year since the 24 Hours of Nürburgring is scheduled to begin on May 25. But if other automakers get on board and Nürburgring authorities give the green light, Glickenhaus believes that the competition could have its inaugural run in 2018.

The proposal is interesting, but don’t expect it to happen anytime soon, even if Glickenhaus champions it to the high heavens. Between getting automakers to agree on participating and having the blessing of track officials, there are a lot of holes that Glickenhaus needs to jump through before it can even get people to take his proposal seriously. Then again, he might just be doing all of this because he has a car he thinks can win the whole thing.

Whatever the case may be, this is as good an example of how the mind of James Glickenhaus works. He may not say the right things all the time, but when he does say something, people tend to listen, no matter how strange his statements may be.

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PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Smashes Nurburgring Record, Puts Porsche 918 Hybrid to Shame

When Trump was elected president of the U.S., I had a bit of a shock when I woke up to the news the next morning. And, Lamborghini setting a new production car record on the ’Ring is of similar magnitude. Because the upcoming Huracan Performante not only lapped the “Green Hell” quicker than the Porsche 918 Spyder, a high-profile supercar, it did so no fewer than five seconds faster.

Specifically, the Huracan Performance needed only 6:52.01 minutes to go around the Nurburgring Nordschleife, smashing the 918 Spyder’s 6:57-minute from 2013. Although the record was announced on March 1, 2017, the run actually took place on October 5, 2016 with Lamborghini test driver Marco Mapelli.

“This was an incredible and emotional moment,” says company CEO Stefano Domenicali. “Together with Maurizio Reggiani we agreed during the car’s development that with the technical and performance prowess of the Huracán Performante, not only was a sub seven-minute lap at the Nordschleife possible, but the lap record too. We wanted to achieve the Nurburgring victory in advance of the Performante’s launch, which was a challenge in terms of weather and availability of the Nordschleife. Not only did we take the lap record, we took it by some seconds!”

Making Lambo’s run that more spectacular is the fact that the Huracan Performance was quicker than the Radical SR8, which lapped the ’Ring in 6:56.08 minutes. Although the SR8 isn’t exactly a production model, its lap is often listed together with production models, as is the Radical SR8LM’s incredible benchmark of 6:48 minutes. The Huracan Performance is the first Lamborghini to outrun a Radical since 2005!

Since the Huracan Performante won’t be unveiled until the Geneva Motor Show next week, we don’t know much about what makes it so quick. However, Lambo did say that the record was established through innovative aerodynamics, lightweight engineering, a revised engine, and a dedicated setup for track performance. Stay tuned for updates from Geneva.

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PostHeaderIcon The Mercedes-AMG GT R Just Walloped A Lap Record Held By The Mercedes-AMG GT S

There are records that are broken by the skin of its teeth and there are records that are broken through utter annihilation. The latter scenario played out spectacularly prior to the Bathurst 12 Hours race over the weekend when the Mercedes-AMG GT R obliterated the lap record around Australia’s most famous race circuit when it posted a scintillating time of 2:16.5 to claim the record. To put that time in perspective, the AMG GT R’s new lap record was almost nine seconds quicker than the previous record held by, coincidentally enough, the Mercedes-AMG GT S.

To make the AMG GT R’s lap time more impressive, it managed to lap Bathurst with a time that’s only about 10 seconds slower than a V8 Supercar. Just as important, the range-topping AMG GT’s lap time only ended up being around 15 seconds off the pace of the track’s outright lap record of 2:01.567 that was set by the McLaren 650S GT3 race car back in February 2016.

Five-time Deutsche Touringwagen Masters (DTM) champion and Mercedes factory driver Bernd Schneider piloted the AMG GT R around the track and if not for some traffic around the track, Schneider could have posted an even quicker time that the one he set the record with. That could’ve really put the production lap record in Bathurst well out of reach for future performance cars. Then again, it’s hard to be surprised about the AMG GT R’s overall potency. This is, after all, the same car that went around the Nurburgring, arguably the world’s most famous race track, in just 7:10.92, good enough to place fourth overall, trailing only the Porsche 918 Spyder (the current record holder), the Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce, and the Nissan GT-R. That’s elite company right there.

For now though, the AMG GT R holds the production lap record at Bathurst. That in itself is an achievement that’s worth its weight in the record books.

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PostHeaderIcon Nio EP9 Sets EV Lap Record At The Nurburgring

In case people start getting confused which startup automaker is building which performance electric car, I’d like all of you to put you attention on NextEV and its Nio EP9 electric hypercar. The car’s specs alone are worth headlines since it packs 1,341 horsepower and a staggering 4,671 pound-feet of torque, but the Nio EP9 didn’t make today’s headlines because of that. It made the headlines because it used all of that power to record a 7:05.12-minute lap time around the Nurburgring, becoming the fastest ever electric car to navigate around the 12.9-mile race track.

To put that in perspective, the Nio EP9’s lap time puts it fifth overall among street-legal, production cars, outpacing the Nissan GT-R Nismo by over three seconds. To be clear though, the EP9 is not yet an actual production car so the GTR’s lap time of 7:08.69 can still sit pretty in that fifth place spot. But rest assured, the pace that the EP9 exhibited as it ran roughshod over the ‘Ring points to what the hypercar is fully capable of when it’s unleashed with no restrictions.

At the very least, it’s slowly piling up record lap times in some of the world’s most famous racing tracks, including the Paul Ricard circuit in Marseille, France, where it set a lap time of 1:52.78, a record for an electric car at the world famous circuit.

Beyond it’s obnoxiously high output — it technically generates 1 megawatt of power, same as the Koenigsegg One:1 — the EP9 can also generate a mind-boggling 17,701 pound-feet of torque of downforce when it’s doing 149 mph, which, according to NextEV, is two times the amount of downforce generated by a Formula One race car. All together, the electric hypercar is capable of sprinting from 0 to 62 mph in just 2.7 seconds and 0 to 124 mph in just 7.1 seconds, to go with a top speed of 195 mph. The last figure is a bit of letdown compared to some of today’s supercars, but considering everything else that it can do, I doubt people will be upset that it can’t break 200 mph, especially when they realize just how legitimately scary that feeling would be for a car that can pull out that much torque out of its four electric motors.

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PostHeaderIcon Is Pagani Calling Its Shot On A New Nürburgring Lap Record?

Nine years ago, Pagani stormed the Nürburgring Nordschleife with the Zonda F, chassis #58, and proceeded to set the 12.9-mile lap record with a time of 7:27.82. The Zonda F’s record has since been broken a number of times, but after close to a decade of slumber, Pagani appears to be preparing for another run at the track’s lap record. The Italian automaker didn’t specifically say its intentions, but a post on its official Facebook account seems to indicate that a return to the ‘Ring for a crack at that record is imminent. Naturally, we’re all losing our minds because of what that could mean.

Pagan concluded its post with the always annoying “to be continued” disclaimer so there’s not much to go by on what the automaker’s intentions are. If it does end up vying for the lap record, the natural candidate to make that attempt is the Huayra BC, the ultra exclusive, 20-unit special edition version of the Huayra that Pagani only offered to existing owners of the Huayra.

For the record, the Huayra will likely aim for the record set by the Marc Lieb and the Porsche 918 Spyder when it blitzed the track in just six minutes and 57 seconds back on September 4, 2013. The 918 Spyder’s lap time is regarded as a the fastest lap for a road legal car, but if the Huayra BC really wants to earn that undisputed label that has eluded the 918 Spyder, it should in fact shoot for the six-minute and 48-second lap time set by Michael Vergers and the Radical SR8 LM back on August 2009. The SR8 LM’s status as a non-road-legal car in some parts of the world has prevented it from staking the claim as the fastest road-legal car around the ‘Ring.

The Huayra BC can render all the debate irrelevant if it does cross the line faster than the SR8 LM. Or it could really break the Internet if it eclipses the all-time record set in May 1983 by Stefan Bellof in a Porsche 956 race car. He clocked in a time of six minutes and 11 seconds, which remains the fastest lap anyone has ever gone around the 12.9-mile track.

Expect Pagani to reveal more details about what that Facebook message means, but from the way the company phrased the whole thing – it even added a video of the Zonda F’s lap record back in 2007 – I’m willing to call the automaker’s shot and say it’s gunning for road-legal lap record around the ‘Ring.

That, or it’s done it already and Pagani’s just teasing us about it. The Huayra BCA, after all, was spotted in the Nürburgring doing some test laps recently. The drama is building up already.

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PostHeaderIcon Venturi VBB-3 Becomes The World's Fastest Electric Car

Land speed records have been falling by the wayside at the Bonneville Salt Flats as another team has staked claim to an FIA world speed record. There’s a sense of familiarity with this team because it’s Venturi, the same outfit that has already broken the world EV speed record several times in the past. It did so in 2009 and again in 2010. Now it’s done it for the third time with the VBB-3 “Venturi Buckeye Bullet,” which hit a staggering average of 341 mph on its way to setting a ridiculous top speed of 358 mph at the Salt Flats.

To put things in perspective, the last time Venturi set the EV land speed record in 2010, it posted an average speed of 307 mph with the VBB-2.5. That was six years ago. The team, which is made up of a cooperation between the Monaco-based company and students from Ohio State University, had initially planned to use the VBB-3 as early as 2013, but those plans were scuttled by challenging weather conditions that prevented the team from making any clear runs. Even when the team got a chance to go for glory in 2015, it only managed to reach 240 mph, well short of its intended goal.

Speaking of that goal, its new FIA world speed record of 341 mph – average speed isn’t even the team’s real goal. It wants to hit 400 mph, which sounds ridiculous when you think about it but is actually within the sights of Venturi with the proper modifications placed on the carbon fiber-clad VBB-3. It’s hard to imagine a vehicle that already produces 3,000 horsepower and over 2,000 pound-feet of torque to pack even more power, but that’s the goal the team is striving for. Given how patient it was to wait three years before unleashing the VBB-3, there’s no stopping Venturi from achieving its goal of breaking the 400-mph barrier. When that’s going to be is the question.

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PostHeaderIcon Honda S Dream Streamliner Sets Speed Record At Bonneville Salt Flats

Triumph’s attempt to set the land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats may have been scuttled, but that wasn’t the case for Honda and its Honda S Dream Streamliner, which set a new FIA world record for a vehicle in its class (Category-A Group-1 Class-4) by hitting an average top speed of 261.875 mph over the flying mile at the Salt Flats. It also posted an average of 261.96 mph over the flying kilometer.

The Dream Streamliner accomplished its goal using a heavily modified version of the 660-cc engine that’s based on the three-cylinder engine that was designed for the Honda S660. Using that 660-cc engine to set the world speed record was always the company’s number one objective, as project leader Keisuke Tsuta admitted in a press release.

The record-setting run may have looked easy as the posted time of 261.865 miles over the flying mile was already faster than the 227.776 mph it set on the first day of the shootout to break the FIA record. Getting there, though, proved to be the difficult part as the team poured through every nook and cranny of the S660 engine and reworked a host of its components to get three times the power than the engine was capable of producing in stock form. Several runs soon took place, including some at the Bonneville Speed Week where the team was unable to reach the speed it needed to break the record.

Despite all of the issues that the team had in preparing the Dream Streamliner, the vehicle stood tall when it was finally time to attempt the world record run, not only becoming the fastest vehicle in its class, but also becoming the fastest vehicle Honda has ever developed, eclipsing the BAR Honda F1 race car that hit an average top speed of 246.9 mph over the flying mile at the Salt Flats in 2006.

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PostHeaderIcon Triumph Crashes During Land Record Speed Attempt; Postpones Attempt Due To Course Conditions at Bonneville

Challenging world speed records can be tricky, especially when factors outside of your control step in to make things more complicated. That was the case during Triumph Motorcycles’ land speed record attempt at the Bonneville Salt Flats when tricky course conditions brought about by continuous rain in the location over the past few weeks resulted in an incident that led to the postponement of the record-setting attempt.

Although it didn’t specify the severity of the incident and the damages incurred by its Infor Rocket Streamliner, Triumph did say that the ride “lost traction on a damp section of the salt surface,” causing the machine’s rear end “to step out of line.” The streamliner is now expected to undergo a full inspection before it takes another crack at setting the world record.

Fortunately, rider Guy Martin wasn’t injured from the incident and is expected to take the wheel of the streamliner when it returns to the Salt Flats to attempt to set the land speed record. When that’s going to be is the tricky question. The team said that it plans to resume the record attempt once conditions allow it, but conditions at the Bonneville Salt Flats has become increasingly unpredictable in recent years as a handful of events have been called off, including the 2014 and 2015 editions of the Bonneville Speed Week event.

Absent of further details, all that’s left for is to sit and wait for updates from the team.

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PostHeaderIcon Vergne Breaks Lap Record For All-Electric Series In Formula E

Last August, Lucas di Grassi clocked a 1:29.920 at the Donington Park GP Circuit during the fourth day of Formula E testing. That record has been holding strong ever since, well until now that is. Day two of Formula E’s preseason testing has turned out to be quite eventful with three drivers beating Grassi’s record during the morning run.

No. 3 for the day, driving for Renault e.dams, was Sebastien Buemi who posted a best lap of 1:29.765. Right on his tail was Felix Rosenqvist who drivers for Mahindra and posted a best lap of 1:29.719. Both of these times break Grassi’s record from last year, but Jean-Eric Vergne decided to push it to the limit a little more and managed to run a 1:29.634 around circuit during the morning test session.

On FIA’s Formula E webpage, Vergne spoke about his performance saying, “Today was really good considering we haven’t been driving at all this summer while other teams have covered a lot of mileage. I’m really pleased how the day went – we went through many things, and we still need to catch-up compared to the other teams to understand the new powertrain but the team have done a really good job. The pure performance already seems to be there!”

And there you have it. Another lap record set at Donington Park, just over a year after the 1:29.920 best lap was set by Lucas di Grassi.

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