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  There are things in this world that are faster than the best supercars out there, so to show respect to the world of speed as a whole, we've decided to touch on these subjects as well. From human to animal and even some other man made machines, we welcome you to the world of speed.

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Every car addict out there should know that the best way to really enjoy your toy is to push it to its limits. Of course, there are many enthusiasts that prefer to keep their toys in a vacuum-sealed box, and only touch it with soft gloves. This certainly does not describe how Bob Sirna cares for his pride and joy, as he finds great joy in racing his pricey classic Benz on the salt flats of Bonneville.

Over the years we’ve seen plenty of unique cars running the salt flatsat Bonneville, but Bob’s rig it one that no one would expect to see on the flats: a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing .

Why is this car unusual on the race track? Well, because with a price of over 1 million dollars, the classic 300SL seems to be perfect for a concourse or a museum. not trying to break land-speed records at Speed Week. Still, in the past 12 years, Bob has brought his Gullwing to the salt flats in an effort to break records and cure his "salt fever."

Check out the video to see a guy that lives by the "Enjoy your toys" motto.

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Hennessey’s Ford GT didn’t get to enjoy its supremacy at the Texas Mile for too awful long. Back in March, it hit a blistering top speed of 267.6 mph at the biannual event in Corpus Christi, Texas. Now it looks as if that record has already been broken.

We cannot confirm that this is an official record just yet, but the above video show a Ford GT prepared by M2K Motorsports hitting a top speed of 278.2 mph. It looks like the new record was confirmed on the Official Texas Mile Facebook Page, so it is well on its way of becoming official.

We have a few details on this Ford GT prepared by M2K Motorsports, but it looks like it delivers somewhere in the 2,000 horsepower area, so it’s no surprise that it cranked out this outrageous top speed.

Check out the above video to see this monster Ford GT hit 278 mph.

Click past the jump to see the Texas Mile teaser video and one of this Ford GT on the dyno

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The Nissan GT-R Goliath prepared by Switzer Performance delivers a total of 1,500 horsepower, so the fact that it managed to hit a top speed of 402 km/h (250 mph) is not too surprising. What is very surprising, however, is that it needed only one mile and just 22.6 seconds to hit this incredible speed. This makes the Goliath the world’s fastest GT-R in a one-mile sprint.

Apparently, there are only two other cars in the world that scored similar results: a Ford GT that managed to hit a top speed of 267 mph and a Chevrolet Camaro that hit the same 250 mph.

For those of you who do not know much about the GT-R Goliath, it keeps the same 3.8-liter, V-6 engine as a stock GT-R, but Switzer updated it with new intercoolers, plumbing and a new exhaust hardware. All these changed lead to a final output of in excess of 1,700 horsepower — almost three times the initial output of the GT-R .

Ford Riley Technologies Daytona Prototype

The Daytona International Raceway is one of the most hallowed racetracks in the U.S. so its top speed record is pretty special in its own right.

Before Wednesday, the record has stood since 1987 when Bill Elliot hit 210.364 mph in a NASCAR cup car during one of the qualifying sessions leading up to the Daytona 500.

When the click hit Thursday, Elliot’s record went by the wayside, unseated by Ford Racing and its incredible Daytona Prototype Race Car .

Built and developed with the help of Riley Technologies and Roush Yates Engines, the Daytona Prototype Racecar and driver, Colin Braun, managed to accomplish what nobody in the past 26 years was able to do. It not only broke Elliot’s top speed record; it downright demolished it with a 222.971 mph top speed.

It’s an incredible achievement that was aided in large part by the racecar’s 3.5-liter, V-6 EcoBoost engine. The output for the prototype has yet to be disclosed, but if it’s capable of hitting 222 mph without breaking a sweat, there’s no denying that there are a whole lot of horses churning under its hood.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Ford Riley Technologies Daytona Prototype

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People often say that you shouldn’t give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you (John Wooden). No mater the obstacles, you should always end up doing the things you like. While it may sound beautiful on paper, it can be pretty difficult in real life.

Imagine how difficult it was for you to achieve the last thing you dreamed about; now, multiply that by 1,000, and you have an idea just how difficult it would be for a blind man to drive a car. Even more, how difficult it may be for him to break a world speed record.

Mike Newman finds no trouble in following his dream, and despite his disability, he just broke the land speed record for blind men. He was able to hit a top speed of 186 mph, and stole the record from Turkish pop singer Metin Senturk.

The record was established at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in Leicestershire.

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At the end of March, Venturi dropped the first details on its intention to hit an amazing 435 mph (700 km/h) at the famed Salt Flats in Bonneville, Utah - also known as the world speed capital. Today the company has finally dropped the first details on the vehicle that will be used for this attempt: the third-generation "Venturi Jamais Contente", aka VBB-3.

The VBB-3 is fully electric and develops a total of 3,000 horsepower. Venturi’s first record was established in 2010 when the VBB-2.5 went up to a top speed of 495 km/h (307.58 mph). With the VBB-3, Venturi plans to go up to 600 km/h (372.82 mph) and, in 2014, it plans to hit 700 km/h (434.96 mph). The biggest surprise will be revealed in 2015, but that remains a secret for now.

The VBB-3 will make its first appearance at the Bonneville Salt Flats on August 10th through 16th of 2013 and the first record attempts will take place on September 12 and 18, 2013.

Update 9/27/2013: Venturi was supposed to unveil the VBB-3 at the Bonneville Salt Flats top speed run this year, but heavy rains and flooding in an otherwise dry area cancelled the FIA-sanctioned top-speed runs. Instead VBB invited Prince Albert of Monaco over to officially unveil the 3,000-horsepower VBB-3. Venturi also revealed a series of videos of the top-speed monster, which you can see after the jump.

Click past the jump to learn about some land speed record set at Bonnevvile.

Bloodhound SSC car attempt to break the 1000 mph barrier

The Bloodhound SSC Project has been around for the past couple of years. It goes without saying that the team behind this project has been determined to break the 1,000 mph barrier.

But for the better part of those years, the project has yet to take off. All that, though, appears to be changing now that Rolls Royce has entered the picture.

The British luxury automaker has signed up to support the Bloodhound Project in the latter’s attempt to break the barrier. As part of its involvement, Rolls-Royce will be supplying a modified of its EJ200 engine for the project, which will then be complemented by a Cosworth Cosworth F1 engine driving the rocket-oxidizer pump. Together, the powertrain can produce up to 135,000 equivalent horsepower, which as you can see, is ridiculously mental.

Ultimately, the Bloodhoud Project aims to achieve its lofty goal and break the existing 763 mph record set by the Thrust SSC SSC in 1997. And break it convincingly, might we add. The team hopes to begin runway testing sometime in 2014 before it heads off to Kaksken Pan, South Africa to set out on its record-breaking attempt.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bloodhound SSC Project

First Lindsay Lohan dominated the TopSpeed pages and now The Bieb-man himself, Justin Bieber, is set to tackle our pages. This time around, however, he wasn’t driving like an ass to get away from paparazzi; nope, this time he was driving like an ass simply because… he enjoys driving like an ass – at least that’s what we can make of it.

Over in the United Arab Emirates, even Justin Bieber can’t weasel his way into renting a car because he is just shy of the minimum age requirement. So, what does a millionaire pop sensation teeny bopper do in this instance? Well, borrow an Aventador from a “friend,” of course.

But, that’s not what gets him on our front page. What gets him here is the fact that he was caught breaking driving laws in Dubai via six different traffic cameras. According to reports, the teen idol was driving excessively fast and when the recently supercar’d out Dubai police department tried to stop him, he simply kept on going.

The report of the police trying to pull The Bieb over and him failing to yield leaves a massive hole in the story that has yet to be filled. We still don’t know why he was driving so fast and we are really wondering why in the world he didn’t pull over when the police attempted to stop him. There are reports that he was late to a few shows in the area, so he may have been speeding to get to those, but we highly doubt he would drive himself to his shows.

We’re sure that more details will emerge as time goes on, so stay tuned for more.

Click past the jump to see more of Bieber’s automotive problems

Source: Gulf News
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A few days ago, the Guinness Book of World Records stripped the Veyron Super Sport of its "fastest production car" record due a violation of the official rules. Apparently, the Veyron used to set the speed record had its speed limiter disable, thereby negating the “production car” part of the record. Now, with the Veyron officially losing its crown, the SSC Ultimate Aero re-claimed the title.

According to SSC this is not how it wanted to get the title back to them, but it is good enough until the SSC Tuatara will be ready to show what it can do.

SSC Ultimate Aero set its record back in 2007 on a public highway in Washington when it was able to hit an impressive top speed of 256.14 mph (412.22 km/h). The Ultimate Aero kept the title of the fastest production car until 2010 when a Veyron Super Sport was able to hit a top speed of 267.8 mph (430.98 km/h).

Hit the jump for the press release and more on the SSC Ultimate Aero.

A month ago, an Audi RS6 fitted with Nokian Tyres set the ice speed record, clocking in a top speed of 208.6 mph . It was a mighty impressive pace that should stand for a while, or at least until after somebody else decides to take a crack at it.

Recently, though, a bone-stock Nissan GT-R tried its luck in a crust of ice at Russia’s Lake Baikal. Piloted by Russian drivers Roman Rusinov and Andrey Leontjev, the GT-R set a pretty blistering lap time of its own, hitting a top speed of 294.8 km/h (183.18 mph).

It still fell short of what the RS6 was able to accomplish a month ago, but the time was still good enough to set the Russian ice speed record for a stock production car.

We know that records these days are only as good until somebody else beats it. But that doesn’t take away from the impressive feat Nissan Russia and the two racecar drivers managed to accomplish.

We give props where it’s due and the people involved in the attempt and subsequent record deserve a lot of credit. It’s not easy to drive on ice at such high speeds, but you all know that.


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