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