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.
For those who do not remember, the Bloodhound SSC is a rocket built by current land-speed record holders, Richard Noble and Andy Green. A few years ago, these gentlemen attempted to break the 1000 mph barrier and after a few years of reworking the vehicle, they are back again to achieve this very goal.
Up until now, all we’ve had for this vehicle were a few teaser images and sketches, but Noble has announced that this rocket system will be tested in its entirety for the first time at Newquay Cornwall Airport. During this test, the SSC will be using a EJ200 Eurofighter Typhoon engine to hit a top speed of 230 mph, after which barrier the rocket firing sequence will begin. Previous details suggested that this sequence will begin after the 300 mph barrier is hit.
The world record attempt will be made late next year, or very early in 2014. The test will be public, so anyone living or visiting the United Kingdom, may want to swing by and check out this fascinating attempt. The previous record was an impressive 763 mph hit by RAF pilot Andy Green driving Noble’s ThrustSSC.
The Nürburgring may not be an official specification, but it is certainly an avenue for manufacturers to gain a little bit of bragging rights. In August 2011, Toyota earned its `Ring stripes by whipping its TMG EV P001 prototype electric car around the 12.92-mile track in just 7:47.79. This puts it within 30 seconds of the likes of the Nissan GT-R and Viper ACR, and just 33 seconds off of the pace set by the Porsche 918 recently.
Well, Toyota obviously wants a little more bragging rights, as it took to the ’Ring again in its 469-horsepower, 663-pound-feet TMG EV P002 and crushed its own record. By “crushing,” we mean knocking 25 seconds off of its original record time by lapping the `Ring in just 7:22.329. Let’s put that in perspective for you here…
The Dodge Viper ACR lapped the ring just 0.229 seconds faster in 2009. The TMG EV Prototype beat the C6 Z06 Corvette by 0.369 seconds, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS by 1.671 seconds, the Nissan GT-R by 1.89 seconds, and so on. Needless to say, the TMG EV prototype definitely put itself in some elite company and is now just 32.329 seconds away from the record set by the Radical SR8 LM. Given the fact that this Toyota prototype shaved 25 seconds off of its lap time in just a year, getting the overall record may be a possibility in coming years.
We’ll see if Toyota decides to try to reel in that record or if it is happy just being in the top 15 of Nürburgring times. Congrats to the folks at Toyota for an impressive run.
Just days after Heffner Performance launched their package for the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera to an 8.72 second quarter mile at 169 mph, Underground Racing is answering back with a Superleggera package of their own. The difference? Underground Racing’s Gallardo has made Heffner Performance’s quarter mile record time a distant and short-lived memory. The Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera by Underground Racing ran the quarter mile in 8.35 seconds at a speed of 181 mph.
The new Gallardo Superleggera package was specially developed for a customer who gave Underground Racing the following guidelines: "Do anything you want to it! As long as it drives like a street car and is the baddest Gallardo on the planet."
As a result of the not-so-strict guidelines, the Gallardo Superleggera by Underground Racing received a Stage 3 engine upgrade for its 5.2L V10 engine, "Quiet" Helix Billet 1st - 6th gear set and final drive gears, and a full "factory synchronized" transmission that uses all of the OEM E-Gear operating system. These additions gave way to a monstrous 1,750+ WHP (1,100 on pump gas), all while maintaining its street-legal status. The only other added feature is the new set of 18" wheels from HRE, but who really cares when you’re talking about a Gallardo Superleggera that produces that much giddy-up?
While the folks in France are checking out the new rides at the Paris Auto Show, in the UK, people are keeping themselves busy breaking records. A battery-powered Lotus Elise developed by utility company, Ecotricity, has reached an average speed of 151 mph near York today. Behind the wheel was 21-year-old Nick Ponting, who managed to smash the previous record of 137 mph set by a Bluebird Electric in 2000.
The Nemesis completed two runs along Elvington Airfield over a one mile distance, with Nick Ponting breaking the record on the first set of consecutive runs with an average speed of 148 mph. The electric supercar achieved this record with the use of two electric motors that develop a total of 330 HP. This setup also sprints it from 0 to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds.
Dale Vince OBE, founder of Ecotricity said: "This is brilliant. We built the Nemesis to smash the stereotype of electric cars as something Noddy would drive – slow, boring, not cool – and I think we’ve done exactly that today. Hopefully this will further stimulate debate about the future of transport in Britain and how we’ll be getting around when the world runs out of oil. What we’ve been able to demonstrate is that wind-powered cars are not just feasible, but can be a load of fun."
It looks like the Nissan-Porsche war is far from being over. Just yesterday, Porsche announced that their upcoming 918 Spyder supercar had lapped the Nurburgring in an amazing 7:14, and today, Nissan is coming out with their own lap time. The fastest, official Nurburgring lap time of the current Nissan GT-R was 7:24, but it looks like the 2013 GT-R is working with something even better, scoring a Nurburgring lap time of 7:16!
No official details on the time have been released just yet, but according to Bridge to Gantry, a 2013 GT-R with Nismo lightweight wheels and carbon-ceramic brakes (yes, like those seen on the Track Pack) was testing at the Green Hell. The best part is that Toshio Suzuki, the record-breaking test driver of Nissan, was behind the wheel.
We expect to see an official confirmation of these results soon, as sell as a video of the event. Stay tuned!
The new BMW M5 marked the first time the company ever used a turbocharged engine for that specific model and the added boost was worth it, providing the 4.4-liter V8 with a galloping 560 HP at 6,000 – 7,000 rpm and a 502 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 rpm. Much to our surprise, though, BMW failed to offer a wide variety of performance numbers for their new sports sedan, leaving the ball in the customers’ court as to how fast the M5 could really go. Lucky for us, an owner of the new M5 was kind enough to share some of his performance times.
This owner recently took his M5 to a local drag strip, pulling in a time of 11.92 seconds at 119 mph with a 1.9 sixty foot. This was only his first attempt, however, as after getting used to the launch control, he managed to improve his time to 11.78 seconds at 119 mph with 1.85 sixty foot. He said that his M5 was bone stock, including the tires and air pressure.
This adds to the BMW M5’s already stellar performance numbers of 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and its Nurburgring lap time of 7:55, as well as its top speed of 190 mph.
Initial rumors on the upcoming McLaren F1 successor stated that it would be powered by the same 3.8-liter V8 engine found in the MP4-12C, but modified to deliver an impressive 800 HP. Now, Ferrari’s new Enzo is rumored to deliver somewhere around 1,000 HP, so it would only make sense that the F1 would deliver somewhere around the same power, and that is exactly what new reports are stating.
At the recently concluded Pebble Beach Concours, a very limited number of McLaren enthusiasts had the chance to see the first images of the new supercar - known as the P12. Shortly after this viewing, rumors began floating around that the future F1 successor would produce 1,000 HP. This new output would come from the MP4-12C’s 3.8 liter V8 engine delivering a total of 803 HP, in addition to the KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) that would tack on another 160 HP, bringing the final output to 963 HP.
The 0 to 60 mph sprint is rumored to be made in 2.8 seconds, which is a little disappointing, as is the top speed which lands in at just 239 mph. For a sticker price of $1,390,000, we definitely would have expected more.
While we are all waiting for a more powerful version of the new Subaru BRZ, the guys over at Accelerated Performance have developed a very cool tuning package for the sports car that increases the engine’s output to an impressive 440 HP - more than double compared to the standard 200 HP offered by Subaru - and 340 lb-ft of torque.
In order to obtain this impressive output, the tuner added a turbocharger system, an AEM Tru Boost Controller, a reprogrammed ECU, and a new exhaust system to the 2.0 L Boxer engine. Accelerated performance also installed an upgraded fuel pump, new injectors, and an Exedy clutch. These additions allow for outstanding performance figures, even managing a world record quarter mile time of 11.3 seconds at a speed of 127.4 mph.
Maybe this will coax Subaru into actually offering up a turbocharged version of their new sports car!
The Lamborghini Aventador laps Germany’s famed Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in 7:25.00, the Ferrari Enzo in 7:25.21, and the Pagani Zonda F Clubsport in 7:24.65. What these cars all have in common is that they deliver more than 600 HP, but Ford have just proven that power isn’t everything. Their unique Formula Ford race car powered by Ford’s tiny 1.0-liter EcoBoost petrol engine managed to lap the ’Ring in an impressive 7:22, or in the 11th fastest lap ever at the Nürburgring’s famed Nordschleife circuit.
This very cool 1.0 liter engine delivers a total of 205 HP and is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. This is enough power to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds and up to a top speed of 158 mph. The vehicle completed the 20.832 km (12.94 mile) Nordschleife circuit at an average speed of 105 mph.
"We wanted to prove that size doesn’t matter by showing everyone what an amazingly capable engine we have developed in the 1.0-litre EcoBoost," said Roelant de Waard, vice president of Marketing and Sales, Ford of Europe. "What better way than by beating some of the best supercars in the world on the Nordschleife, while using a fraction of the fuel."
World speed records are usually associated with vehicles like the Bugatti Veyron, which can hit a high mark of 267 mph and look great while doing it. Advances in hybrid technology, however, have now made it essential to include vehicles like the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid on the list of top speed records. No, the Jetta was not able to dominate the Veyron’s top speed, or even come close to it, but it has achieved a land speed record of its own at the Bonneville Salt Flats. During the Southern California Timing Association’s Speed Week at Bonneville, the Jetta Hybrid was able to record a 185.394 mph top speed, marking the fastest speed ever achieved by a production-based hybrid on the Bonneville Salt Flats.
"Achieving this speed at Bonneville shows that the all-new 2013 Jetta Hybrid is a distinctly different offering in the compact hybrid class,” said Jonathan Browning, CEO and President, VW Group of America. “As well as being expected to achieve combined fuel economy of 45 mpg, the Jetta Turbo Hybrid also retains the fun-to-drive nature you expect from a Volkswagen in a segment dominated by less exciting vehicles.”
The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline powerplant generating 150 horsepower and 184 lb/ft of torque. The gasoline engine is then combined with a 20kW electric motor with a lithium-ion battery that’s produces an additional 27 HP and weighs less than 80 lbs. The Jetta’s top speed record was achieved by implementing a few changes to the setup. Volkswagen R&D in Wolfsburg, Germany modified the engine to provide a few more ponies, while A-Salt Racing and Advanced Product Engineering, based in Camarillo, California, provided project integration and other modifications. Everything was finalized with an engine calibration and a once-over by the folks at the Volkswagen Test Center California in Oxnard, CA