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.
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.
We’ve said it time and time again; world records are always meant to be broken. It’s just a matter of when and where it’s going to be.
Recently, the "when" and the "where" of the world’s fastest drift record was answered when Poland’s ORLEN Team along with drifter Kuba Przygonski took a heavily-modified Toyota GT 86 packing close to 1,100 horsepower to a former military base in Biata Podlaska, Poland on September 3rd.
What ensued was nothing short of spectacular.
With arguably one of the world’s most powerful GT 86s at his disposal, Przygonski was able to succesfully drift the Japanese drift car at 217.973 km/h (135.44 mph). In doing so, the Polish racer set a new Guinness World Record, now owning the record for world’s fastest drift.
We honestly have no clue how many g’s Przygonski was experiencing when he set that record but the mere fact that his neck seemed to be okay enough to allow him to celebrate the new record speaks to the kind of preparation he must have done before breaking this record.
It’s an incredible feat that should be lauded, no matter how long its stands in the record books.
Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Toyota GT 86
Back in 2009, Keating announced the TKR — a supercar that delivered a total of 1,800 horsepower and went up to an amazing top speed of 260.1 mph.This number is quite impressive, especially when you consider that the world speed record is currently held by the Bugatti Veyron , and stands at 257.87 mph (or 267.87 mph for the five Super Sport World Record Edition units).
Now it looks like the British manufacturer has bigger plans with a new supercar : The Bolt. Keating aims to hit a top speed of more than 340 mph, making the new "The Bolt" the fastest supercar in the world.
According to the first details we have on the car, this result will be possible, thanks to an innovative supercharger bolted to the engine. Keating reports that this special supercharger switches between normally aspirated and supercharged, depending on the demands of the engine. As a result, the engine’s output ranges from 1,000 to 2,500 horsepower, with fuel economy staying at an amazing 30 mpg.
However, a base The Bolt will be powered by a Chevrolet -sourced 7.0-liter, LS7 V-8 engine capable of delivering between 640 and 800 horsepower, depending on the version. This 800-horsepower variant is rumored to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just two seconds.
The record attempt will take place in the United States or in the Arab Emirates, in August or September next year and will use a heavily tuned version of the supercar. The Bolt will be priced between £150,000 ($240,000) and £750,000 ($1,200,000), depending on the engine specifications and the customer’s choices.
After The Bolt, Keating’s next project will be a front-engined touring car that will aim against Aston Martin models.
Click past the jump for a running tally of the various fastest cars throughout automotive history, ranging from the 12 mph Benz Velo to the 253 mph Veyron.
Classic Vettes are on the upswing in values this year, with the $3.2 million earned by this 1967 L88 Sting Ray Convertible at Mecum’s Dallas auction the highest total yet for any example of America’s sports car .
Corvette collection can become an obsession thanks to the huge variety of models, special editions and racing derivatives over the model’s 60-year history. Just like a bag of chips: once you pop... you can’t stop collecting these iconic machines.
Valuations for these models are incredibly sensitive to the car’s history, rarity and restoration quality. Beauty and the driving experience take a back seat to the engine specification and matching serial numbers. As such, this investment-grade L88 convertible’s huge earning at auction is a bit confusing to outsiders.
But they provenance of this L88 convertible is beyond reproach, with all the required documentation, the fuel tank sticker, and the other minute details collectors look for when purchasing a car at these prices. The authenticity of the interior adds patina, as does the car’s NHRA drag racing championship, old drag racing time slips, and the painstakingly-recreated original Marlboro Maroon paintjob.
The new Porsche 918 Spyder made quite a debut on the market: during its official unveiling today at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show , Porsche announced that the new hybrid supercar has already broken a record around Nurburgring. Equipped with the optional "Weissach package" the new 918 Spyder managed to lap the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife in less than seven minutes, to be more precise in a time of exactly 6 minutes and 57 seconds, smashing the previous record for OEM-spec, road-going cars by 14 seconds.
Porsche achieved the feat on September 4th when three drivers — former European Rally Champion Walter Röhrl, Porsche test driver Timo Kluck and Porsche factory driver Marc Lieb — took the 918 Spyder to task on the `Ring. Lieb was the driver that managed to smash the record with a time of 6:57 and hitting an average speed of 179.5 km/h (111.5 mph).
Click past the jump to read more about the new Porsche 918 Spyder.
To go along with the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance were a few auctions that typically have 10 to 12 million-dollar cars on hand each and every year. This year was no exception, as RM Auction’s Monterey auction had a total of 15 million dollar hammer values, but that’s not the most imressive number of the weekend.
The most impressive of the million-dollar club this year was the price tag that the 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 *S N.A.R.T Spider. This 1-of-10 model went for an astounding $27.5 million once the hammer fell on it, making it the second-most valuable car ever sold at auction and the most valuable Ferrari ever sold at auction by a long shot.
Reports point toward the car heading to the waiting arms of Canadian fashion businessman Lawrence Stroll, but those reports are not confirmed. Either way, whoever landed this Ferrari certainly has one of the most rarest cars on the planet and a much lighter wallet. Plus he gets to tinker around in a classic supercar with an incredible-for-the-era 3,286 cc quad-overhead-cam V-12 powerplant that blasts out 300 horsepower.
Alongside this outrageous auction price, there was also a 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Torpedo Roadster that went for $8.25 million; a 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider Series I that went for $3.52 million; and a 1974 McLaren M16C Indianapolis that went for the same $3.52 million.
Click past the jump to see the full million-dollar sales from this past Saturday.
All in all, 1,208 classic and modern 911s attended the event, all squeezing into what eventually became a completely packed and cramped Silverstone race track. It’s hard enough to see hundreds of 911s in one location but to see well over 1,000 in one location was a completely surreal sight.
Porsche Club GB and Silverstone Classic took center stage in organizing the event and while it was initially pegged to attract hundreds of 911s to the event, not a lot of people expected to hit 1,000, let alone exactly 1,208 Porsche 911s that all trooped over to Silverstone to attend the record-breaking gathering.
If you’re a Porsche aficionado, this is like heaven on wheels. There are classic Carreras, 911 RSs, RSRs, 911 GTs, Speedsters, Targas, and 911 Turbos.
Needless to say, the expectations for the gathering were far exceeded, something Mark Porsche, the son of Porsche 911 designed founder Ferdinand Alexander ‘Butzi’ Porsche, said meant a lot to his family.
“Of course, the 911 means a great deal to me as it’s my father’s big design and it will always have a special place in my heart,” he said.
“It’s been a family member over all the generations of the 911 series and I’m very proud to be here today to represent the Porsche family at this great event. I think that to have these 1,200 cars on track is the attention that the 911 deserves for its 50th birthday. I can’t thank the Porsche Club GB enough for making this event possible.”
Click past the jump to read about the Porsche 911 Carrera 50th Anniversary Edition
In the past few months, AMS Performance’s GT-R Alpha Omega car smashed record after record. On July 13, 2013 the GT-R Alpha made history one more time: it managed to run the quarter mile in under 8 seconds, making the AMS GT-R the first 9, 8 and 7 second R35 GT-R!
Just 2 days before achieving this incredible result, theGT-R Alpha managed to run the quarter mile in 8.25 seconds at a speed of 185 mph. Still a very impressive result, but as the car seemed to be capable of much more. After two days, it was pushed to its limits once again and this time it managed to run the quarter mile in 7.984 seconds at a speed of 186.14 mph.
What’s even more incredible is that the car used to brake the record is a "full street trim car," with only some minor drag race parts added, like the parachute and the 18-inch drag wheels.
Last weekend, the Peugeot changed continents and smashed a different record at a completely different race: the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed. In England, the 208 T16, with Peugeot Sport test-driver Grégory Guilvert brhind the wheel, the powerful racer managed to run the Goodwood hill climb in just 45.86 seconds, making it the fastest car of the weekend.
This time is as a coincidence the same time posted by Nick Heidfeld in the Group C prototype Lola B12/60 racecar .