Production Car Speed Records - A Timeline In Automotive History
Ask any performance carmaker worth its salt and they’ll tell you that having a car that owned the fastest production car record goes a long way in creating an aura of prestige around that brand. There is a reason automakers like Bugatti, Koenigsegg, and McLaren spend millions and millions of dollars developing technologies that can help one of their production models claim that title. Sure, not all car models are created equal, but the really special ones that can challenge for the title of the fastest production car in the world are developed and built differently. It’s as if they’re in this world for one specific reason: to be the fastest production car in the world.
Having that kind of ability goes a long way in achieving that goal, but it’s far from the only requirement to owning the production car speed record. You have to claim it, too, and doing that means following a specific set of guidelines that allows a specific model to be called, first and foremost, a production car.
Hyundai Kona Electric Sets New EV Range Record With 630+ Miles Per Charge
The Hyundai Kona Electric is capable of running for more than 630 miles on a single charge. This is the result of a trial that Hyundai conducted at the Lausitzring track in Germany. The test included three Kona Electric crossovers that traveled 633, 636, and 637 miles without having their batteries recharged. The result exceeded Hyundai’s goal of running the cars for 1,000 km (620 miles).
Porsche Panamera Turbo Laps the Nurburgring in 7.29.81, But It’s Not The Fastest Sedan
Porsche just confirmed that the next-generation Panamera Turbo lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife in 7:29.81 minutes, which is a new record in Nurburgring’s official raking for "executive cars." However, despite previous rumors, the next-gen Panamera Turbo isn’t the quickest four-door sedan on the German track.
EV West Aims For New Electric Speed Record With a Tesla-Powered Lakester
Although the infiltration into the market will take time, I think it’s high time all of us accepted that EVs are no more a ‘niche’. It’s not just the automakers that are investing in electrification; even aftermarket companies have realized that this is the future and they are adapting to the new ‘electrified’ culture. One such company, EV West, has taken this up a notch by using its technical knowhow to break the land speed record for an electric vehicle. Can it break the record set 23 years back?
Look Back a Few Years to When the Thrust SSC Broke The Speed of Sound
The Thrust SSC was so unthinkably hardcore that it took a fighter jet pilot to drive it on its record-breaking run. With RAF Wing Commander Andy Green at the helm, the Thrust SSC not only broke the land-speed record, but it also became the first car (well, sort of car) to ever break the sound barrier.
Someone Used The COVID-19 Pandemic To Set a New Cannonball Record
While a lot of Americans are hunkered down at home observing state and federal laws amidst the coronavirus pandemic, a group of individuals have reportedly set a new Cannonball Run record, traveling from New York’s Red Ball Garage to California’s Portofino Inn in just 26 hours and 38 minutes.
That time upends the existing record of 27 hours and 25 minutes that was set last November 2019 by the trio of Arne Toman, Doug Tabbutt, and Berkeley Chadwick. The identities of the individuals who reportedly set the new record are still unknown, but Ed Bolian, a Cannonball insider told Road and Track that the run appears to be legitimate based on his analysis of multiple sources.
Regardless if the record was set or not, doing it in the middle of a pandemic strikes a lot of people as a callous and insensitive attempt at glory. It’d be interesting to see if the record-setters will identity themselves knowing the massive backlash they’re likely to receive.
The Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut Might Have An Unbeatable Top Speed
When the Geneva Auto Show was canceled, just about every other automaker stopped what they were doing and started tearing down their stands. Then there was Koenigsegg that continued to build its entire show-worthy outfit. Nobody really understood why until Christian von Koenigsegg kicked off a live presentation from that very booth. That’s when we learned about the awesome engineering feat that came courtesy of the new 2021 Gemera Hyper GT but before that happened we learned a lot about the new Jesko Absolut – a model that aims to be the fastest car Koenigsegg will ever build and one that, apparently, might be able to break not only the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+’s record but the mythical road-car speed of 330 mph.
Chicago-Based Delivery Driver Crosses One Million Miles In His 2007 Nissan Frontier
The million-mile man is all the rage right now. Unless you live under a rock, you would’ve read that a Chicago-based courier named Brian Murphy clocked over a million miles in his 2007 Nissan Frontier. Yes, a million miles! And the truck is still running well. Interestingly, this is the base-spec trim and a manual, too. Congratulations to Mr. Brian Murphy for making it to the elite club that has very few members all across the globe.
You’re More Than Likely Assured an "L" If You Decide to Race This Dodge Viper
Dodge Vipers are famous for being fast; the most recent iteration of the American sports car featured an 8.4-liter V-10 engine that produced 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque and it was able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 208 mph. But as fast as the Viper was before it was retired, nothing can prepare you for this Viper. This refers to a heavily modified 2006 Dodge Viper that recently set the record for the fastest recorded speed in a Viper when it clocked a mind-bending top speed run that maxed out at 252 mph. The record was set at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds in West Palm Beach, Florida. The 252-mph run was far and away the fastest a Dodge Viper has gone. Best of all, the Viper that did it is actually street legal.
The McLaren Speedtail Is Officially The Fastest McLaren Ever Made
When it introduced the Speedtail back in October 2018, McLaren said that it will be the fastest vehicle it has built so far. More than one year later and it’s official, the Speedtail has the highest top speed of any McLaren to date. The hybrid supercar hit a top speed of 250 mph during tests on the the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds drag strip at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, surpassing the previous record holder, the McLaren F1.
Did the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 Post a Sub-7:30 Lap Time Around the Nurburgring?
The production-spec, Z51 Performance Package-equipped 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 has reportedly gotten its first taste of the Nurburgring Nordschleife. Muscle Cars & Trucks is reporting that the next-generation, mid-engine Corvette C8 was able to lap the Green Hell in 7:28.30.
There’s no official word from Chevrolet on whether the Corvette C8 actually pulled off that lap time, but it wouldn’t be surprising if it did. The Corvette C8 was a regular guest at the ‘Ring during its testing phase and Chevy has admitted that it plans to run the mid-engined sports car around the track for some hot laps. Perhaps it’s already done it.
A Mercedes AMG E63 Just Made the Cannonball Run in a Record 27 Hours and 25 Minutes
One of the auto world’s craziest and most sought-after records, the Cannonball Run has been broken. The infamous New-York-to-Los-Angeles run that has been the obsession of a subculture of gear heads for more than 50 years now has a new record time, and it was broken by three guys — Arne Toman, Doug Tabbutt, and Berkeley Chadwick — who managed to accomplish the run while driving a heavily modified 2015 Mercedes-AMG E 63, doing so in a staggering time of 27 hours and 25 minutes. That time eclipsed the previous record of 30 hours that was set only six years ago.