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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

The Nissan GT-R proved once again what an amazing car it is. A model specially developed by Topspeed Motorsports – no relation – broke another record at Road Atlanta. With Leh Keen behind the wheel the sports car managed an awesome lap time of 1:23.8. This does not represent just a new Road Atlanta record for a GT-R, but also a new National Auto Sport Association (NASA) TTR-class record.

Topspeed Motorsports did not announce what model was used for this new record, but we do know the tuner is indeed developing some amazing models. For example, one of its GT-Rs delivers an amazing 1,019 horsepower. In order to obtain this amazing update the tuner installed a new AMS Alpha10 turbo kit and a new GTC Ti exhaust system. The engine received new Carrillo pistons and connecting rods, new fuel injectors, and intake.

While we are waiting to learn what model was used for this new record, all we can say is enjoy the video!

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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.

Source: Autosport

Not a lot of people know that yesterday, November 15, was actually Guinness Book of World Records day. What better way to get a little extra notoriety than setting a record on a day that celebrates people setting records?

German automaker MINI knows a thing or two about records, so do you think that it’d let a day like this pass without attempting to set a few of its own?

Yeah, right.

First record up was fitting the most number of people into a Mini Cooper hatchback. Last year’s record of 27 was inevitably thrown to the wayside after Mini somehow managed to shoehorn 28 - yes, 28! - people inside the Cooper. Four of those 28 people somehow fit inside the trunk.

On top of that, Mini also managed to have 23 of these same people to fit inside a classic Mini, a car that’s significantly smaller than the modern model that’s out on the market today. That beat the old record of 21 people.

We really don’t know why these records are important other than being pretty useful trivia questions in a future drinking session with your buddies. But hey, it was the Guinness Book of World Records day, and everyone, Mini included, should be excused for trying to put their names on the record books - even for something as odd as these records.

At least they didn’t try to set wearing the most underwear in one sitting like some people did.

Click past the jump to see the video wrap-up of the day’s events, including the Mini record.

As reported earlier this year, the next generation KTM X-Bow will bringimportant changes to its design. For the first time ever, the KTM X-Bow will get doors and windscreen.

Fortunately, as we wait for this roofed version we still have the X-Bow and all it has to offer us, particularly theRR version . KTM is now reminding us just how much the X-Bow RR has to offer, as an one managed to lap the famous Nordschleife circuit in just 7:25.72 minutes. By comparison, the fastest ever lap on the Nordschleife achieved by a KTM X-Bow was 8:10 by a 240-horsepower "Club Sport" version.

"We had a lot of wind and very little grip – but we have to hold something back for next year, don’t we? I’m thrilled with the car. The Audi engine is also a stunner that offers any amount of torque. But the rest of the car is also great. The suspension works perfectly and you notice that the X-Bow is lighter than most other cars when you go into every corner. This makes twice as much sense on the technically demanding Nordschleife! In any case the lap time is amazing. I think it shows how good the X-BOW really is because the Nordschleife doesn’t allow for any random good lap times. Here it’s always very tough, whenever you’re here!" said Christopher Haase after scoring this impressive result.

McLaren F1

We all know that the McLaren F1 is one of the rarest (only 64 road-going models built) and fastest cars to date and they regularly – as regularly as an F1 can be sold – go for well over $3 million. Well, over in Britain, car buyers are obviously a little more free with their money, as a buyer not only crushed the average buying price, but also beat the standing record for highest buying price on a McLaren F1 set at £2,530,000 ($4.27 million at October 2008’s average conversion rate) in 2008 by RM Auctions.

Tony Hartley Jr. is one of the few 29-year-old men on the planet lucky enough to not only have driven an F1, but also lucky enough to own one. Actually, we should say he was lucky enough to own one, as he recently sold it across the pond for an incredible £3.5 million ($5.59 million at current exchange rates). That’s one heck of a price to pay for a 15- to 20-year-old car with likely less than 1,000 miles on the ticker and cobwebs in its cylinders.

Then again, when you figure it featured a 627-horsepower, V-12 engine that made mincemeat out of Ferraris and Lamborghinis all day, and screamed to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds, it is actually a pretty decent investment. Believe it or not, the F1 still does hold one impressive world record and that is being the world’s fastest naturally aspirated car.

Regardless of records and rarity, that’s one expensive ride…

Source: The Sun

With so many auto records going by the wayside these days, you have to give credit to MINI for thinking out of the box - as usual - on their latest record attempt.

The German automaker recently announced their plans to go to the Arctic Circle to play messenger and deliver the longest Christmas list for - you guessed it - Santa Claus.

The record attempt is so big that it will involve a number of global MINI markets, including the US, Germany, Italy, the UK, Russia, Portugal, Belgium, Greece, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, and even Singapore.

What this entails is that a convoy of MINI vehicles will leave BMW Group Headquarters on November 24 and will make the 1,864-mile travel to Rovaniemi, Finland in the Arctic Circle.

Upon arrival, the convoy of MINIs will be greeted by 1967 Monte Carlo Rally winner Rauno Aaitonen, who will then proceed to show off his unique rally skills by what MINI describes as a demonstration of his "unequaled talent behind the wheel of a new MINI Paceman ."

There’s no telling if Santa Claus and his merry band of elves will actually receive the Christmas wish list - we’re not holding out hope on that one - but this record attempt does paint a picture as to how MINI thinks of the upcoming holiday season. Give them credit because, if for nothing else, they’re already in the Christmas spirit despite the season still being a month away.

Back in March 2012, the Ford GT by Hennessey established a remarkable Texas Mile record with a speed of 257.7 mph, but that did not mark the end of Hennessey’s attempt to dominate the straightaway. The company headed back to the famous track at the biannual Texas Mile Festival of Speed organized in Beeville and, with Sean Kennedy behind the wheel, the Ford GT by Hennessey hit an amazing top speed of 263.3 mph!

This street legal supercar is powered by a 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 engine with twin 67 mm ball bearing turbos, a stainless steel turbo exhaust, stainless steel turbo down pipes, a billet throttle body upgrade, twin wastegates, a fuel system upgrade, an improved mass air sensor, polished turbo inlet and intake pipes, an HPE Engine Management Calibration, and other hardware. This setup allows for a total of 1,000 HP at 6,600 rpm. At its official launch, Hennessey announced that it had a top speed of 245 mph, a 0-60 mph time of 2.8 seconds, and a quarter-mile time of 10.6 seconds at 142 mph. This newest record proves that the company has gone to great lengths to improve upon that performance.

Keep up the good work, Hennessey! We hope to see the Ford GT1000 Twin Turbo blast through this record too!

In 2011, Tasca Racing set out to make history by putting together a Cobra Jet tuning package that could establish a quarter mile run in the sevens. They fell a tad bit short, coming in at a still impressive 8.06 seconds at a speed of170 mph. That time alone was enough to make this Cobra Jet the fastest in the world, but Tasca wanted more.

The Tasca team headed back to the track in an attempt to break their own record. During a test session at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida, Tasca’s Cobra Jet not only smashed its own record, but also became the first to break the 8 second barrier: the car ran the quarter mile in 7.96 seconds at a speed of 174 mph. Shortly after establishing the new record, the Tasca Cobra Jet hit the England Dragway where it ran an incredible time of 7.848 seconds at a speed of 174.4 mph.

Making killer cars and breaking serious records, that is what it is all about in the racing and tuning world.

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Most of us like to judge supercars’ performance through real world tests, as well as the provided statistical figures. One of our favorite real world test is the Standing-Mile, an event where, from a dead stop, you push the pedal right into the floor, for a whole mile. The top speed achieved at the end of the mile is the deciding factor on whether you can brag around or sit quietly in some corner.

Well, Performance Power Racing, the guys behind the Ford GT seen in the picture above, decided to brag about it. Their bragging went to such an extent that they contacted Guinness World Records to check out what they achieved. With the official record folks on hand, this tuning company was able to break the standing mile record that they themselves had set a couple of years ago. Now that’s dedication towards improvement.

Performance Power Racing’s Ford GT’s new record is for the Fastest Standing Mile-Street Car at a Bugatti-shaming speed of 283.232mph. The record they broke was set by the very same car that then clocked a speed of 253.97mph. Okay, we get it! PPR knows how to make really fast cars.

To achieve that result, PPR tuned the GT to produce 1700bhp, while replacing the stock parts with Pandalloy Aluminum Alloys. Then, with the kind permission of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, tests were conducted on the Space Shuttle Facility on how PPR could break their standing record by an even wider margin whilst reducing emissions, increasing fuel economy, and lowering the vehicle’s carbon footprint.

A proud Johnny Bohmer, Owner of PPR and the driver of the record-breaking Ford GT, says "Our entire team has worked very hard to get here and we are proud to be able to put an American car in the record books as the fastest street car in the world. By NASA allowing us access to a one of a kind facility, we are given the opportunity to explore these technologies and share their benefits. An immense amount of research and development went in to this 3 year project and we are just scratching the surface of where these systems can be utilized outside of the racing arena.”

Surprisingly, this record breaking GT nearly looks like any other Ford GT. The best part is, you can drive this on the street without the cops bothering you. Yes, it’s street-legal with air-conditioning as standard.

This is what we love about American tuners and supercars such as the PPR Ford GT, the Dodge Viper, and the Chevrolet Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. They cost nearly a third less than their European counterparts and will still blow them out of the water, if not statistically, then on the basis of how fun they are to drive.


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