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  Cars that amke it all the way to the world record book

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.

A few days ago, Hennessey announced that its Venom GT supercar scored another impressive record by accelerating to 300 km/h (186 mph) in just 13.63 seconds . Today, the tuner has unveiled the video as a statement for their previous announcement.

After all, this result shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone considering the impressive specifications of the Venom GT. It is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter LS9 V-8 engine, same used in the Corvette ZR1 that delivers up to 1,200 horsepower, depending on the trim level. With a curb weight of 2,685 pounds, the 1,200-horsepower Venom GT will hit a top speed of 275 mph and will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds. As expected, such an impressive performance will set you back a nice sum — $950,000.

The test was made at Ellington Airport in Houston, Texas, USA on January 10, 2013.

The Hennessey Venom GT has already hit 230 mph in less than 20 seconds. But not even that accomplishment has stopped this slithering serpent from setting another world record. It’s something that we somewhat expect from a supercar like this, but it’s still a little surprising when the car accomplishes it.

We know the Venom GT is considered one of the fastest machines on the planet, but still, to find out that it can hit 186 mph in just 13.63 seconds is just completely mental.

The American-tuned supercar managed to set that world record time recently, and to no one’s surprise, it probably did it without even breaking a sweat. The record attempt will be featured in a future episode of Drive where we get to see just how bananas the Venom GT went when it set the record in front of the fine folks of the Guinness Book of World Records.

We’ll be sure to keep an eye out for this episode of Drive, so when it goes live, we’ll be sharing it with you guys.

Australians, for the most part, are some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. It’s rare to have a conversation with one and not say "he’s a pretty cool dude.” So, when news broke out that our friends from “Down Under” recently set a new world record, we were interested to see what it was they actually accomplished.

Low and behold, it was about something that fit right in our wheel house.

At the Summernats Car Festival 2013 in Canberra, 69 cars set a new Guinness Book world record by performing the world’s largest simultaneous burnout . As you can see, the amateur video of the record-setting achievement, posted by YouTube user "lolsupkent," comes with a lot of smoke, a lot of burnt rubber, and presumably, a lot of ecstatic people for being involved, or having witnessed the record-setting achievement.

If for nothing else, the video goes to show how fun a burnout really is. Having 69 cars do it simultaneously is, well, 69 times more enjoyable. If you’ve ever wondered how clouds are made in Australia, look no further than this video for the proof.

It looks like 2013 started pretty crazy for Mini . The company attempted the world’s first unassisted 360-degree backflip in an automobile. Using a specially modified John Cooper Works Countryman and with French daredevil Guerlain Chicherit behind the wheel, Mini proved that the gravity can be defeated.

The Countryman JCW managed to hit a height of about 39 feet, but unfortunately the video does not reveal the landing. However, we do hope it was a successful one. We’re sure the complete video will be launched soon.

As a reminder, the Countryman JCW is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine that delivers a total of 218 horsepower and up to 221 pound-feet of torque. The car will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 7 seconds and is capable of hitting a top speed of 140 mph.

Our advice to you is don’t try this at home! You will learn everything there is to know about this attempt pretty soon when Mini will release the full details.

The guys over Motor Trend had the chance to bring two of the most amazing American supercars out there: a 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and the new SRT Viper for a test comparison at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. No doubt both cars were equally impressive and the new Viper has been simple described as "just more of an animal."

But no matter how impressive it is, or how fast it is, the ZR1 turned out to be even more impressive. With Randy Pobst behind the wheel the ZR1 managed to set a new Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca lap record with a time of 1:33.70. The previous record was held by a 2010 Dodge Viper ACR for more than three years with a time of 1:33.99.

The car used was a ZR1 straight from the showroom and Pobst needed only five laps to establish this impressive result. By comparison the new SRT Viper managed to lap the Laguna Seca in 1:35.77 - making it even slower than the old ACR version.

Note: no car was harmed during this test drive!

Source: MotorTrend

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