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Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport

Some pretty shocking news came out recently involving the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport . According to Driving.co.uk, the Guinness Book of World Records has stripped the Veyron Super Sport of its "fastest production car" record on grounds that it had breached the rules in its record-setting attempt.

The record, which has stood for three years, was re-investigated after an enquiry by Driving.co.uk regarding a speed restrictor that Bugatti deactivated to achieve its top speed. After an investigation by the Guinness World Records, the 267.8 mph the Veyron Super Sport was nixed from the record books because the deactivated speed restrictor did not qualify the supercar as a production model.

“It has come to the attention of Guinness World Records that there was an oversight in its adjudication of the ‘Fastest production car’ which was set in 2010 by the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport,” said Jaime Strang, PR Director of the Guinness World Records.

“As the car’s speed limiter was deactivated, this modification was against the official guidelines. Consequently, the vehicle’s record set at 431.072 km/h is no longer valid. Following this, Guinness World Records is reviewing this category with expert external consultants to ensure our records fairly reflect achievements in this field.”

Click past the jump to read more about this story, including Bugatti’s response to having its holy grail record wiped off the record books.

If we told you to do something in 2.05 seconds, about the only thing you can do is breathe, blink or if you’re lucky, a combination of both.

But for the pit crew of Infiniti Red Bull, 2.05 seconds is a long time, long enough, in fact, to successfully change four tires on a Formula One racecar in the middle of competition. In doing so, the 2.05-second pit stop has been recognized as a new world record for being the fastest pit stop in history, eclipsing the previous record set by McLaren a year ago when it recorded a pit stop of 2.31 seconds.

Actually, the McLaren time from a year wasn’t the record when Red Bull recorded its 2.05-second pit stop for Mark Webber. The record was 2.13 seconds that was also set by the team for Sebastian Vettel...12 laps earlier.

All in all, six pit stops from the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix went faster than McLaren’s record last year, including one by the British race team who managed to post a new team record pit stop of 2.28 seconds.

It’s hard to imagine how you can successfully do a full pit stop in 2.05 seconds but if you need visual proof as to how those record setting two seconds happened, just watch the video and you’ll understand why those pit crew folks are the best at what they do.

And if you want to watch McLaren’s 2.31-second record-setting pit stop from Germany last season, you can find the video after the jump

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

Setting a world record is no small feat, especially when you’re doing it in less-than-ideal circumstances.

That’s why WRC racer, Mads Ostberg, deserves a raucous round of applause after setting a new world-record for the longest ever jump on snow by a rally car. Driving a Ford Fiesta WRC , Ostberg managed to fly his little race car over 60 meters (196.85 feet) in Trysil, Norway.

The World Rally Championship corroborated the record, posting Ostberg’s record-setting jump on its official Twitter account.

While the record is in itself an impressive accomplishment, it still fell way short of the overall jump record of 82 meters (269 feet) that Travis Pastrana accomplished a few years back when he jumped into a barge in the middle of the sea back on New Year’s Eve 2010.

Still, Ostberg’s attempt is impressive in its own right, considering the circumstances he had to deal with in order to set the record. Like we said, give the man his due props.

Check out Pastrana’s record jump after the, well, jump

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.

McLaren P1

When McLaren was testing the P1 prototypes, it announced that the company will focus on obtaining the best street and track performance, while top speed was left in second place. In an interview at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Ron Dennis announced the P1 will smash world records on both the Nürburgring and the Top Gear lap record at Dunsfold.

He claimed that the P1 will lap Nürburgring in under 7 seconds - a very ambitious plan considering the only two models that have managed to obtain this result were the Radical SR8 (6:55) and SR8 LM (6:48). Considering the MP4-12C lapped the famous ring in just 7:28, we presume that all the updates the P1 received are enough to considerably improve the supercar’s lap time.

When it comes about the Top Gear lap record, Dennis announced the lap time will be improved by 10 seconds when compared to the time obtained by the Pagani Huayra.

We are not too sure if these results will really be obtained, but for sure it was an attempt to steal the show back from the LaFerrari.

Source: Cars UK

On January 28th, 2013 aPagani Huayra set a new Top Gear lap record with a lap time of 1:13.8. Impressive result for the new supercar, considering previous record was set by the Ariel Atom V8 with a lap time of 1:15.1.

Now, once the automotive world had the chance to take a closer look to the photos shot during the event, Pagani has some answers to give, as it’s been accused of cheating to set the lap record.

Pagani has been accused of using two types of tires while establishing the record. You see, a standard Huayra comes with Pirelli P-Zero tires that measure 255/35ZR19 in the front and 335/30ZR20 out back, but the Huayra that set the lap record was equipped with Pirelli tires sized 265/645 19 — not something you would see on a typical road car.

Why does this matter? Because Pagani said a standard Huayra has been used for the lap record.

Another report from Jalopnik reports that Pagani admitted the company indeed used two set of tires, but only "for communication reasons." It looks like during the test the Huayra was equipped with modified Zonda R slicks and for the photo session afterward, Pagani replaced them with Pirelli Pzero Corsa because the company wanted "to push them on the media."

So, the verdict is that while the rules were bent to the farthest reaches of their capacity, the Pagani was fitted with “street legal” tires. Of course, if you get even a sprinkle of water on the road, you would have to swap them out.

Hit the jump to watch the new Pagani Huayra tested by Top Gear.

Source: Jalopnik
Batmobile

The 2013 Barrett Jackson Scottsdale auction hit a new high after organizers announced that the car auction generated almost $109 million in sales, a figure that represents a 17-percent increase from their 2012 numbers.

All in all, 1,343 cars were sold, generating a sum total of $108,766,069. Of those numbers, 21 charity cars were sold for $5,005,000.

The closest the auction came to this number was back in 2007. In addition to that staggering total, the event also attracted a record attendance that was made even more impressive by the unusually cold temperatures during the weekend. In total, over 300,000 people attended the event, proving that when it comes to auctioning off classic vehicles, there’s no such thing as an economic recession.

The 2013 Scottsdale auction also set two world records, including posting the largest number of “No Reserve” vehicles offered at one auction and the largest-ever Barrett-Jackson auction measured by the number of cars sold.

Suffice to say, the auction was a resounding success for Barrett-Jackson. You don’t stumble into $109 million over one weekend. You have to be good at what you do to hit that number. It sure helped that a lot of the cars auctioned off generated varying levels of bidding wars, but in the end, give credit to Barrett-Jackson for putting the whole thing together.


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