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).
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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.
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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.”
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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 .
At the end of June, Drayson Racing set a new land-speed world record for an electric car in the FIA’s sub-1,000 kg category with a top speed of 204.185 mph. Now, is time to see the B12 69/EV Le Mans prototype in action at the Elvington Airfield in England where the new record it established the new record.
With the new top speed, Drayson smashed the previous record by 29.2 mph. It was established back in 1974 and stood up for nearly 4 decades. The super EV that hit this impressive top speed pulls power from four axial-flux motors - one motor on each rear wheel - with an integrated transmission for a total output of about 850 horsepower.
As the new world record holder, Lord Drayson, commented: "I’m delighted we’ve beaten the record tonight and can show the world EVs can be fast and reliable. Drayson Racing is a laboratory for EV technology, testing it to the most extreme level, as we’ve seen today."
Holden just scored a new record at the famous Nϋrburgring racetrack. The company just wanted to see how fast the new SS V Ute is around the famous ring and it looks like the response is "very fast." With Holden Dynamics Engineer, Rob Trubiani, at the wheel the SS V Ute was able to run the 20.8 km (12.92-mile) Nordschleife section in just 8:19.47, making it the fastest commercial or utility vehicle out there.
While most of you may think this time is not very impressive, keep in mind that a 2010 Camaro SS did the same lap in 8:22 and a Lexus IS-F in 8:18.
The vehicle that scored the result was a product-correct engineering test Ute that was being used in Europe for validation purposes before taking on the "Green Hell." The record-setting model is basically a stock car, except some negative camber dialed into the front wheels and the removal of the speed limiter. Before setting the record, the Ute ran flawlessly for seven days and 35 grueling laps in total. All it needed was a new set of tires and brakes.
Back in April, Drayson Racing Technologies put the auto world on notice when it announced that it was planning on breaking the FIA World Electric Land Speed Record.
Well, consider the record broken.
Led by former British science minister and racecar driver, Lord Paul Drayson, Drayson Racing achieved the goal it set for itself two months ago, setting a new land speed world record for an electric car in the FIA’s sub-1,000 kg category.
Using a heavily modified version of the B12 69/EV Le Mans prototype that was originally developed to compete in the American Le Mans Series, Drayson managed to clock in a top speed of 204.185 mph, head and shoulders clear of the 175 mph record set by Battery Box General Electric back in 1974.
Although the record is impressive whichever way you look at it, it still falls way short of the current world electric car land speed record. That distinction belongs to Venturi, who in 2010 was able to completely set itself apart with a top speed of 307.7 mph.
Despite the catch of setting a record using an FIA-sanctioned vehicle, Drayson Racing’s achievement is no less impressive, particularly given the obvious challenges of having to attempt a record with a car as lightweight as the B12 69/EV Le Mans prototype.
Congratulations to Lord Paul Drayson and the entire team over at Drayson Racing. Well-deserved record, if you ask us.
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Last year, aCaterham SP/300.R became the fastest car at the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power with a lap time of 61.89 seconds. The Caterham did all it could to defend its title this year, but a Radical SR8 RX turned out to be the fastest car this year.
With professional racecar driver, Robbie Kerr, behind the wheel, the British-built Radical completed a lap of the 1.2-mile circuit in just 55.29 second, smashing the previous record by 6.6 seconds. The SP/300.R was the second fastest car with a lap time of 56.53 seconds. The Radical didn’t end its supremacy there, as it also hit the fastest speed on the track: 129 mph.
The SR8 RX was entered in the "Racing Saloons & Track Day Cars" class, which helped it break the record, due to the track-focused nature of the cars competing in that class. The competition saw a total entry of 139 cars and bikes.
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In 2012, a stock 2013 Nissan GT-R ran the 1/4-mile in 10.87 seconds - a pretty good time for a stock car developing a total of 542 horsepower. In the realm of GT-R tuning, however, things go by a little bit faster, thanks to outputs that nearly double the stock horsepower.
For example, last year a GT-R Alpha Omega by AMS with 1,600 horsepower under the hood ran the 1/4-mile in 8.63 seconds. Now, a 1,300-pony GT-R broke the record and managed to run the quarter mile in 8.61 seconds at a speed of 170 mph.
The GT-R breaking the record was equipped with an AMS Alpha 12 turbo kit, Mickey Thompson drag radials, a Syvecs SGTR ECU package developed by Switzer and a ShepTrans driveline to help keep the wheels spinning.
So, you don’t believe a 1,300-horsepower GT-R can beat a 1,600-horsepower one? Well, the above video will show you just how much driver talent and other mechanical advantages above and beyond horsepower help out.