The Texas Mile has once again come and gone and if there was a takeaway from the weekend festivities, it’s Hennessey Performance’s show-stopping run that clearly became the news of the weekend.
According to The Texas Mile’s Facebook page, the fancily dressed Ford GT1000 managed to hit a blistering top speed of 267.6 mph at the biannual event in Corpus Christi, Texas.
267.6 mph, everybody!
If that speed is fully corroborated - and we no reason to believe it won’t be - then Hennessey’s GT has just set a new record, handily beating the 263.3 mph it set last October and the 257.7 mph top speed it did this time last year.
We expect to see an official update at any time with some more photos and videos of the Hennessey GT’s blistering top speed run.
For what it’s worth, though, big props to the fellas over at Hennessey for once again setting a new bar in man’s insatiable quest of driving faster than it ever has before.
Note: Photo courtesy of The Texas Mile’s Facebook page
UPDATE 3/16/2013: Hennessey has released the video of the record-setting run be the GT. You can see it above.
While the entire world was busy watching the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, on the other side of the globe - in Florida - the 2013 Amelia Island Concours was being held. The 18th edition of the show celebrated the 50th anniversary of models like Ford GT40, Porsche 911, Corvette Sting Ray and company Lamborghini.
There were more than 300 cars presented at the show and, as usual, the jury had to choose the Best of Show and Best of Show Sport. Best in Show was selected was a 1936 Duesenberg SJN owned by Helen and Jack Nethercutt of the Nethercutt Collection. The SJN features a convertible coupe body and is powered by a straight-eight engine that delivers a total of 420 horsepower.
Best of Show Concours de Sport was a model celebrating its 50th anniversary: the Ford GT40. The car is owned by the Rocky Mountain Auto Collection and has a pretty impressive history, as it scored numerous winnings for the Gulf Oil / J.W. Automotive Engineering team and won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in both 1968 and 1969.
One of the few examples of a car that revolutionized America’s stance in the supercar segment, the 1965 Ford GT40, could be yours, provided you have at least $5 million lying around somewhere and have registered for the RM auction to be held in Arizona on January 18th 2013.
This was the only racecar from America – or from anywhere for that matter – that ever sent chills down Enzo Ferrari’s spine. These chills were magnified when the Ford GT40 broke the streak of wins that Ferrari was enjoying. To celebrate the victories, Ford had built seven street-legal versions of the Le Mans-winning GT40, and one of them is the racing green painted beauty that you see above.
Powered by a 4.7-liter V-8 engine that was detuned to 335 horsepower, it doesn’t really spell “power” as compared to today’s supercars. Bear in mind, however, that this car is 47 years old and back in `66, this was one of the most powerful cars that boys would drool all over.
The road version of the Le Mans GT40 received some significant tuning to keep the owner’s neck and spine intact. The shocks were softened, the shift lever was moved to the center and the hard bucket seat was replaced by softer bucket seats for the driver and passenger.
Up for sale at RM Auctions, this 1965 Ford GT40 is expected to sell at $3 million dollars. Most of you will think that is quite a lot for an American car, but this is not just any American car. It’s one of the seven examples in history that helped shape America’s stance in international racing and proved to the Italians that they aren’t the only ones who know how to race and win.
We’ll update this article once the auction starts with official numbers in the price tag
A few days after Saleen announced its plans to build a modern-day 351 Mustang, another aftermarket company took to the LA Auto Show to reveal its own supercar project.
Should we be surprised that the announcement came from the folks over at Galpin Auto Sports?
Actually, that’s a rhetorical question because nothing GAS does surprises us anymore. It’s in the process of building a Ford GT-inspired supercar, one that it’s planning to name the GTR-1. GAS is claiming the GTR-1 will feature an astounding 1,000 horsepower. We typically take these claims with a grain of salt, but given GAS’ reputation as a trusted tuner, we think you can take that number to the bank.
To go along with all of this power, GAS is adding in a choice of handmade aluminum or carbon-fiber coachwork, a bespoke interior tailored to the customer’s desires, an improved drivetrain and suspension modifications.
This is all pretty much par for the course for GAS.
The only thing that upsets us is the fact that we have to wait until we get closer to the early-2013 release of the GTR-1 before we get the full details. We’re sure it’ll be well worth the wait though.
The guys over RH Motorsports join forces with the GT Guy LLC in an attempt to create a street-legal Ford GT racecar. Their car has been inspired by the Matech GT1 and they have already developed two prototypes: GT3-S (white) and GT1-S (silver).
Their GT will be offered with a choice of three engines: a 600 HP naturally aspired engine, a 5.4 liter supercharger with 760 HP and a 1000 HP twin-turbo.
The package will also include a complete OEM quality wide body configuration out of carbon fiber, plus Alcantara and carbon fiber interior trim. Each model will get a standard wheel option along with upgrade choices for the track and steet.
Only 20 units will be offered, so if you want to upgrade your GT you better hurry up.
Back in March 2012, the Ford GT by Hennessey established a remarkable Texas Mile record with a speed of 257.7 mph, but that did not mark the end of Hennessey’s attempt to dominate the straightaway. The company headed back to the famous track at the biannual Texas Mile Festival of Speed organized in Beeville and, with Sean Kennedy behind the wheel, the Ford GT by Hennessey hit an amazing top speed of 263.3 mph!
This street legal supercar is powered by a 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 engine with twin 67 mm ball bearing turbos, a stainless steel turbo exhaust, stainless steel turbo down pipes, a billet throttle body upgrade, twin wastegates, a fuel system upgrade, an improved mass air sensor, polished turbo inlet and intake pipes, an HPE Engine Management Calibration, and other hardware. This setup allows for a total of 1,000 HP at 6,600 rpm. At its official launch, Hennessey announced that it had a top speed of 245 mph, a 0-60 mph time of 2.8 seconds, and a quarter-mile time of 10.6 seconds at 142 mph. This newest record proves that the company has gone to great lengths to improve upon that performance.
Keep up the good work, Hennessey! We hope to see the Ford GT1000 Twin Turbo blast through this record too!
Most of us like to judge supercars’ performance through real world tests, as well as the provided statistical figures. One of our favorite real world test is the Standing-Mile, an event where, from a dead stop, you push the pedal right into the floor, for a whole mile. The top speed achieved at the end of the mile is the deciding factor on whether you can brag around or sit quietly in some corner.
Well, Performance Power Racing, the guys behind the Ford GT seen in the picture above, decided to brag about it. Their bragging went to such an extent that they contacted Guinness World Records to check out what they achieved. With the official record folks on hand, this tuning company was able to break the standing mile record that they themselves had set a couple of years ago. Now that’s dedication towards improvement.
Performance Power Racing’s Ford GT’s new record is for the Fastest Standing Mile-Street Car at a Bugatti-shaming speed of 283.232mph. The record they broke was set by the very same car that then clocked a speed of 253.97mph. Okay, we get it! PPR knows how to make really fast cars.
To achieve that result, PPR tuned the GT to produce 1700bhp, while replacing the stock parts with Pandalloy Aluminum Alloys. Then, with the kind permission of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, tests were conducted on the Space Shuttle Facility on how PPR could break their standing record by an even wider margin whilst reducing emissions, increasing fuel economy, and lowering the vehicle’s carbon footprint.
A proud Johnny Bohmer, Owner of PPR and the driver of the record-breaking Ford GT, says "Our entire team has worked very hard to get here and we are proud to be able to put an American car in the record books as the fastest street car in the world. By NASA allowing us access to a one of a kind facility, we are given the opportunity to explore these technologies and share their benefits. An immense amount of research and development went in to this 3 year project and we are just scratching the surface of where these systems can be utilized outside of the racing arena.”
Surprisingly, this record breaking GT nearly looks like any other Ford GT. The best part is, you can drive this on the street without the cops bothering you. Yes, it’s street-legal with air-conditioning as standard.
This is what we love about American tuners and supercars such as the PPR Ford GT, the Dodge Viper, and the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. They cost nearly a third less than their European counterparts and will still blow them out of the water, if not statistically, then on the basis of how fun they are to drive.
In the early-1960s, Ford had gained an interest in long-distance road racing and decided it was time to invest in a car that could compete in the likes of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. In 1963, Ford and Ferrari struck a deal for production, but Ferrari cut the project off after they couldn’t come to an agreement as to whether Ford could participate in the Indy 500 or not.
Ford then decided if Ferrari wasn’t going to work with them, they were going to beat them. Ford negotiated with both Lotus and Lola before deciding to go with Lola, but the car was a complete mess and retired much more than it finished. After the 1964 Nassau race, Carroll Shelby stepped in to right the ship.
Between 1966 and 1969, the GT40 went on to win the Le Mans an impressive four times in a row, entrenching it in racing history and propelling Carroll Shelby even further into legendary status. Following the 1969 model year, the GT project was shut down and the GT40 production stopped at just 107 cars, ending its impressive run.
Check out our full review on the GT40 after the jump.
Every now and again we come across something of such creative genius that we just cannot get enough of it. The above video is one example of someone taking a new technology – pocket projector – and doing something so bad ass that it’ll be forever etched in our memory. In this example, the folks at The Theory have taken a pocket projector and fed it video of various movements of a police chase and projected that chase throughout a room.
It sounds simple and pretty stupid on paper, but once you watch it, you’ll see the creative genius that we are talking about. All of the motions of the characters are precisely timed and actually look realistic, even though they are happening in 2-D.
To make matters even better, the folks at The Theory pulled at our auto strings a little harder by including a Ford GT40 in the chase, which is something that none of us would ever see in a lifetime.
Have a look at the video above and get a few chuckles on us. While you’re at it, think about how much time this filmmaking duo must have put into this video. We can’t help but think how much technology has progressed in the last decade, considering that projectors that could put out images like in this video were the size of a small desk and cost over $1,000.
The technology behind the device is just as amazing as the ingenuity behind the video… Enjoy.
Back in March 2012, the Hennessey Ford GT became the fastest car at Texas Mile with an impressive top speed of 257.7 mph. Now, the supercar has set a new world record. With Sean Kennedy behind the wheel, the Hennessey GT posted a new standing half-mile record of 219.9mph in the half mile. This impressive result was achieved at the 8,000-foot runway of Ellington Airport, the Houston Half Mile.
The Hennessey Ford GT that established this impressive record was powered by an Accufab Racing V8 engine updated with two Precision Turbochargers for an impressive output of 2000 bhp. By comparison, the most powerful Hennessey Ford GT is the GT1000, a model that has a Twin-Turbo 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 engine that produces 1,000 horsepower at 6,600 rpm. The GT1000 has a 0-60 mph time of 2.8 seconds, a quarter-mile time of 10.6 seconds at 142 mph, and an increased top speed of 245 mph.