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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.

Posted on by Simona  

It’s official, the Hennessey Venom GT has just become the fastest production car out there. On February 9, 2013, Brian Smith drove this modified Lotus Elise from 0 to 265.7 mph in 2 miles on a runway at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California.

This makes the Venom GT 7 mph faster than the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport , which required over 4 miles to reach its speed limiter, which is set at 258 mph. Still, this speed is a little less than the 270 mph top speed claimed by Hennessey when the Venom GT was initially announced.

This is the second record the Venom GT scored this year, as back in January it went from 0 to 186 mph in just 13.63 seconds.

Now we are left wondering what amazing results we are going to see when the Venom GT2 hits the market.

Click past the jump to read the full list of verified record top speeds throughout automotive history

UPDATE 4/8/2013: There is a little confusion here, as to why the Venom is being called the fastest production car when the Veyron holds the "official" Guinness record. The Veyron that broke the record had its 258 mph top speed limiter removed and you cannot purchase the Bugatti in this state. The Venom GT is in its factory-tuned form and the one you purchase can pull of this feat. This article does not refer to the Guinness record. Additionally, Guinness today officially stripped the title from Bugatti, citing the deactivated top-speed limiter. Guinness has yet to validate the Venom’s run, but we’re sure Hennessey is champing at the bit to get Guinness to witness and certify the record.

To define a "production" vehicle: Any car produced in mass that is available to the public and road legal. With the Venom GT hitting six units built, it should more than qualify as "mas produced."

Posted on by David Hurth  

The Salt Flats in Bonneville, Utah is where many land-speed records have been captured. In August of 2014, a joint project by Venturi and the Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research will attempt to hit an amazing 435 mph (700 km/h) at the famed salt flats. To make the attempt even more awe inspiring, they will be attempting this in an all-electric vehicle.

The vehicle that will try to break the record is the Venturi VBB-3. In order for it to accomplish this feat, Venturi Venturi and Ohio State are working on a monstrous 3,000-horsepower, all-electric motor that makes the Bugatti Veyron just look pedestrian in comparison. To help make the task a little easier, this massive motor is fitted in a sleek body that looks like it is only a set of wings away from asking for clearance to take off.

Venturi certainly knows a thing or two about EV top speed, as they currently hold the record of 307 mph (495 km/h) for an electric vehicle and this is their attempt to best themselves.

We’ll keep an eye on the progress of the Venturi, and let you know if they succeed in their task in August of 2014.

You can read Venturi’s full press release here.

Posted on by Simona  

Back in March 2012, a heavily modified Chevrolet Camaro managed to smash the record at the 2012 Texas Mile run with a an impressive top speed of 253.1 mph. This year, the car felt challenged when the Hennessey Ford GT set a new Texas Mile record of 267.6 mph.

It looks like the guys responsible for this mind-blowing 2,800- horsepower Camaro weren’t very happy with the results and wanted to see if their car can do better. The problem is that at an amazing speed of 240 mph, the driver lost control of his car and flipped end over end.

As a result, the Camaro was completely destroyed. Luckily for Joey Huneycutt - the driver of the Camaro - he only suffered minor injuries thanks to the modern safety features installed in the car.

We are not very sure if the Camaro will be brought back to life, but in these pictures it looks completely destroyed. Eh, who are we kidding? It’s toast. Hopefully, the guys have a video of the wreck; we are sure it is spectacular.

Source: CarBuzz

Trying to figure out the most impressive land-speed record in the world is an exercise in futility because of the sheer number of them and the circumstances surrounding each of these records.

That being said, there’s still a certain level of respect we have to give for each new world record, including the recent one set by Finnish tire manufacturer Nokian Tyres.

Using a stock Audi RS6 , Nokian Tires fitted the sports saloon with its eighth-generation Hakkapeliitta studded winter tires and proceeded to set a new ice-driving speed record with a top speed of 208.6 mph, beating the previous record it also set two years ago when it clocked a top speed of 206.1 mph.

The new record was set by the company’s test driver, Janne Laitinen, over the frozen waters of the Gulf of Bothnia. We’re not going to pretend to know where that is, but the record in itself is pretty impressive, especially when you consider certain rules the tire manufacturer had to adhere to.

It may sound ridiculous, but the ice which the RS6 ran on had to be natural with no chemical treatment done to it, but such are the aforementioned circumstances that makes picking the most impressive land-speed record such a chore.

Whatever the case may be, a big congratulations goes out to Nokian Tyres for breaking its own world record.

Posted on by Aravind 10

Unless you have nerves of steel and tons of experience, no ordinary motorcycle rider can even get past 200 mph. If you are debating it, however, you may want to reserve a hospital room with a good view before doing so, as too many things can go wrong.

If you were to look up “Nerves of steel” in an encyclopedia, James Toseland’s smiling face would likely be the lead image, as he announced that he’s going to break the motorcycle land-speed record set by American Rocky Robinson. By the way, the record isn’t 200 mph. It’s 376.363 mph! What’s worse is that James is going to break that by 14 mph, which is quite a lot when it comes to setting these land-speed records.

Of course James Toseland is no average Joe. He’s a former British bike rider who won the World Superbike championship twice – once in 2004 and once in 2007. So, he does have experience in high-speed 2-wheel motoring and he has the titles to prove it. However, 390 mph does send chills down any experienced racer’s spine, and James is no exception. "I am hugely excited about this record attempt but I’m under no illusions as to how difficult it will be," he said.

His current skills wouldn’t help as piloting a streamlined bike is totally a different technique. So with the record attempt being scheduled for September 2014, he has plenty of time to master the technique and hone his skills.

The project is led by Alex Macfadzean, a former GP and TT sidecar competitor, and British motorcycle land-speed record holder. Macfadzean also gets support from the staff and students at Derby University. Being a former land-speed record holder, Alex sure does know what he’ll be instructing James for the future attempt.

If James does break this record, it will definitely prove to the whole world that we can leap for even greater challenges, in the world of automobiles.

We’ll update this article once more details on this heart-thumping record emerge.

Source: Autosport
BMW 2-Series Convertible

Next year will bring a series of small modifications in BMW’s lineup – most of the shuffling will happen within the Bavarian automaker’s naming system. The 3-Series Coupe and Convertible will be sold as the 4-Series and the 1-Series Coupe and Convertible will become the 2-Series .

Until now, we only brought you spy shots of the next 4-Series, but our spy photographers have just caught the 2-Series Convertible testing on public roads for the first time. You can see one image above and the rest in the gallery.

The 2-Series Convertible will be based on the 1-Series hatchback from which it will borrow its technology and engine lineup. As for its design language, BMW has promised to make the 2-Series a little sportier.

Under the hood, we will only see four-cylinder engines. The engine lineup will consist of a 2.0-liter gasoline engine with 150, 177 or 218 horsepower, and a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine with 214 horsepower. All of the engines will mate to either a six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic transmission. BMW’s now famous xDrive system will be available as an option on the 2-Series, as well.

The upcoming 2-Series Convertible is set to be unveiled in late 2013.

As reported earlier this year, the next generation KTM X-Bow will bringimportant changes to its design. For the first time ever, the KTM X-Bow will get doors and windscreen.

Fortunately, as we wait for this roofed version we still have the X-Bow and all it has to offer us, particularly theRR version . KTM is now reminding us just how much the X-Bow RR has to offer, as an one managed to lap the famous Nordschleife circuit in just 7:25.72 minutes. By comparison, the fastest ever lap on the Nordschleife achieved by a KTM X-Bow was 8:10 by a 240-horsepower "Club Sport" version.

"We had a lot of wind and very little grip – but we have to hold something back for next year, don’t we? I’m thrilled with the car. The Audi engine is also a stunner that offers any amount of torque. But the rest of the car is also great. The suspension works perfectly and you notice that the X-Bow is lighter than most other cars when you go into every corner. This makes twice as much sense on the technically demanding Nordschleife! In any case the lap time is amazing. I think it shows how good the X-BOW really is because the Nordschleife doesn’t allow for any random good lap times. Here it’s always very tough, whenever you’re here!" said Christopher Haase after scoring this impressive result.

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!

In 2011, Tasca Racing set out to make history by putting together a Cobra Jet tuning package that could establish a quarter mile run in the sevens. They fell a tad bit short, coming in at a still impressive 8.06 seconds at a speed of170 mph. That time alone was enough to make this Cobra Jet the fastest in the world, but Tasca wanted more.

The Tasca team headed back to the track in an attempt to break their own record. During a test session at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida, Tasca’s Cobra Jet not only smashed its own record, but also became the first to break the 8 second barrier: the car ran the quarter mile in 7.96 seconds at a speed of 174 mph. Shortly after establishing the new record, the Tasca Cobra Jet hit the England Dragway where it ran an incredible time of 7.848 seconds at a speed of 174.4 mph.

Making killer cars and breaking serious records, that is what it is all about in the racing and tuning world.

Posted on by Aravind 14

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 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.


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