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Bluetooth Hijinx Almost Costs BMW a Guinness World Record

Bluetooth Hijinx Almost Costs BMW a Guinness World Record

All’s well that end’s well

BMW has set a new Guinness world record for the “greatest distance vehicle drift in eight hours.” Danish racer Johan Schwartz took the wheel of a BMW M5, and after what literally was hours of hours of continuous drifting, Schwartz managed to drift a mind-numbing distance of 232.5 miles in the sedan, destroying the previous record of 89.55 miles that was set by German racer Harald Muller. As incredible as Schwartz’s record-breaking attempt was, it was on the verge of getting derailed by a common nuisance that almost all of us are familiar with: a malfunctioning Bluetooth.

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Video: New Corvette ZR1 Proves Its Worth With New Lap Record At VIR

Video: New Corvette ZR1 Proves Its Worth With New Lap Record At VIR

Say hello to the fastest production ’Vette ever made

The ZR1 is a beast of a car, one which carries a reputation as a full-fledged track tool capable of slaying much more expensive machinery. Now, Chevy has the lap times to prove it thanks to a new fastest lap record at the Virginia International Raceway.

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Chevy Taking Aim at the Porsche 911 GT2 RS; Thinks Camaro Can Make Sub-7:00 Nurburgring Lap Time

Chevy Taking Aim at the Porsche 911 GT2 RS; Thinks Camaro Can Make Sub-7:00 Nurburgring Lap Time

The future’s looking for bright for the Bowtie’s resident pony car

The Porsche 911 GT2 RS remains the only rear-wheel drive car to post a sub-seven-minute lap time around the Nurburgring. It could soon have company, though, if the Chevrolet Camaro has something to do about it. Chevrolet is setting lofty goals for future variations of its resident car, including becoming only the second rear-wheel-drive car to break the seven-minute barrier around the Nordschleife.

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Breaking: BMW Just Used The 2018 M5 To Break Two Guinness World Records

Breaking: BMW Just Used The 2018 M5 To Break Two Guinness World Records

A wet skid pad and some clever thinking lands BMW in the history books

You know what they say – necessity is the mother of invention. So when BMW just had to grab the Guinness World Record for longest vehicle drift in 8 hours, the Bavarian brand ran into a problem. How exactly do you keep the go juice flowing when you’re crossed up for hours on end? Recent rule changes allowed for a quick pit stop and refill, but obviously that cuts down on the time spent spinning the rears. One solution is to put in an enormous gas tank, but that brings with it its own problems, such as a ton of added weight sloshing around. Plus, as Matt Mullins, Chief Instructor at BMW Performance Center, points out, “That’s kinda boring, who wants to watch that, right?” Instead, BMW came up with a rather novel solution – the mid-drift fill-up. With a secondary car drifting in tandem with the record-seeking vehicle, plus one very brave soul leaning out the window, BMW sought to recreate military-style aerial refueling, but on the ground.

After modding the fuel system in the primary drift car and outfitting the refueling vehicle with the proper equipment, BMW was ready to go, executing a tandem drift to lock in the fuel nozzle and transfer 15 to 18 gallons in just 50 seconds before disengaging.

All told, the car in question managed to get sideways for an incredible 232.5 miles, trouncing the previous record set in 2014 by a massive 143 miles. Not only that, but the tandem refuel drifts set a second record as well, giving Bimmer another spot the history books with the longest continuous twin-vehicle drift at 49.25 miles.

Congrats BMW! And you didn’t even need to use your blinker...

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Will the Lamborghini Urus Beat the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio's Lap Record around the Nurburgring?

Will the Lamborghini Urus Beat the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s Lap Record around the Nurburgring?

What would automakers do if this near-pointless record didn’t exist?

The Lamborghini Urus is a weird lambo, but a rather potent SUV, and that’s exactly why the raging bull will be putting it to work on the Nurburgring in an effort to beat out the 7:41.7 SUV lap record of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. The report comes courtesy of CAR Magazine, with the publication saying the Lamborghini is even “confident that it will take it (the lap record) by a comfortable margin. Will the Urus be able to walk Lamborghini’s talk or will it fall short of the 7:41.7 lap time? Well, it’s hard to say, but the Urus isn’t exactly your grandpa’s daily driver, either.

Powered by a 4.0-liter V-8, the Urus is good for 650 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. That power puts it in the range of a 3.6-second sprint of 60 mph and a Lambo-promised top speed of 190 mph. Those are some pretty stout figures for an SUV, no doubt, and it’s quite a bit better than that of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio as well. It’s powered by a 2.9-liter V-6, the same one found in the Giulia Quadrifoglio, that delivers 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Now, that’s nowhere near as much power as you’ll find in the Urus, but it can still make that run to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds with a top speed around 177 mph.

Of course, just having more power and a higher top speed isn’t something that will net you the record for fastest SUV around the ‘Ring. Earning that title means actually doing it, and it takes a lot more than a few good-looking specs to pull that off. It comes down to driver skill, track and weather conditions, maneuverability of the vehicle, handling, etc. So, Lamborghini may be confident, and rightfully so as it has cracked that seven-minute mark (with the Aventador SV and the Huracan Performante,) but this is the brands first SUV. As they say, you can’t just crawl in the ring with the apes and think you can box, you’ve got to prove you have what it takes. As Lambo’s first SUV since the LM002, I don’t think it will be able to pull it off. But, maybe they’ll prove me wrong. What do you all think? Let us know in the comments section below

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Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Sets Nurburgring Record for Sedans

Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Sets Nurburgring Record for Sedans

Quicker than the Ferrari 488 GTB!

The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is the fastest production sedan on the Nurburgring track. Jaguar unveiled today that the XE SV Project 8, its high-performance four-door based on the compact XE, has set a new record on the German track known as the "Green Hell." The British sedan lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife course in 7:21.23 minutes, a whopping 11 seconds quicker than the previous record holder, the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV.

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A History of World Speed Records for Production Cars

A History of World Speed Records for Production Cars

From the Jaguar XK120 to the Koenigsegg Agera RS

In 2005, the Bugatti Veyron became the world’s fastest production car, smashing the record set by the McLaren F1 all the way back in 1998. Five years later, the Veyron Super Sport improved on that benchmark, taking the record to 267.8 mph, a barrier that seemed unreachable for other carmaker. Seven years have passed since the Veyron Super Sport set its incredible record in 2010 and we may have a new candidate for the top spot. A Koenigsegg Agera RS achieved a two-way average speed of 277.9 mph in a closed road in Nevada, beating Bugatti’s record by more than 11 mph. Although this record has yet to be confirmed by the Guinness Book of records as of November 2017, it’s a good reminder that supercar automakers are looking to push performance to the limit with each new vehicles.

Having already posted a comparison between the Koenigsegg Agera RS, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, and the Hennessey Venom F5 — the latter said to attempt a record of its own — we will now have a look at all the important production vehicles that have set speed records in the past. These benchmarks have been documented for more than 50 years now and it’s a good way to see how production cars have become increasingly faster. From the first production car, which was capable of only 12 mph, and the first official speed record, set in 1949 at 124.6 mph, the performance automobile is now capable of mind-boggling speeds in excess of 250 mph. How did we get here? Find out below.

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Koenigsegg's New Speed Record Doesn't Mean Squat

Koenigsegg’s New Speed Record Doesn’t Mean Squat

Hurray for outstanding specs we can’t enjoy!

I wasn’t planning to blab about cars again anytime soon, but something amazing happened this weekend: someone actually smashed Bugatti’s world speed record for production cars after a whopping seven years. If you’ve been living under a rock, a Koenigsegg Agera RS averaged 277.9 mph on a two-way run on a highway in Nevada, beating the record set by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport in 2010 by 10 mph. An impressive display by the Swedish automaker, achieved with a production model that was actually borrowed from a customer. The record has yet to be confirmed by Guinness World Records as of this writing, but whether it qualifies or not, the Agera RS’s run will remain an important page in high-performance automotive history. However, I still think that all this ludicrous speed stuff for production cars is absolute nonsense.

Before I move any further, I want to make it clear that I’m not questioning Koenigsegg’s big achievement. I’ve already seen all sorts of comments questioning whether the record was set using a stock car with stock parts and a production setup. Those are made by morons. First, Koenigsegg isn’t the type of company that would risk damaging its relationship with its customers by lying to the extent that most automakers do when setting records, especially track records at the Nurburgring. Second, I don’t think it’s a record that the Swedish firm was actually dying to own. It just happened, and it didn’t make a big fuss about it. And, it was very entitled to make a big fuss given that the Agera RS hit a top speed of 284 mph. That’s just a hair away from the magic 300-mph mark. But I digress...

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Koenigsegg Agera RS Goes Bonkers, Claims Top Speed Title From Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

Koenigsegg Agera RS Goes Bonkers, Claims Top Speed Title From Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

Don’t celebrate just yet, Koenigsegg. Hennessey may have something to say about the new record

Seven years after the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport ascended to the throne as the fastest production car in the world, the almighty French supercar has finally - and officially - ceded the throne to the Koenigsegg Agera RS. The Swedish exotic pulled out a stunning display of power and speed on its way to hitting an average top speed of 277.9 mph, easily upending the Veyron Super Sport’s previous top speed record of 267.81 mph.

The record-setting run took place on a closed section of a road located near Las Vegas, Nevada after Koenigsegg reportedly received special permission from the Nevada Department of Transportation to close the road in order to perform the high-speed run. With permission granted, the company made the most out of it in an all-out attempt that had no less than company founder Christian von Koenigsegg in attendance. Video footage of the run even captured the 1,360-horsepower Agera RS hitting 284.3 mph in the second of two runs to firmly establish itself as the new title-holder of the “fastest production car in the world” crown.

And, if there’s still any speck of doubt left surrounding the Agera RS’ record-setting run, the whole episode was documented and recorded by Racelogic with the VBOX HD2 camera. There should be no doubt, then, in the eyes of everyone, including the Guinness Book of World of Records, that the Koenigsegg Agera RS is now the fastest production car in the record books. How long it’ll hold that title remains to be seen, but for now, there’s reason to celebrate over there in Ängelholm, Sweden.

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Is Hennessey Teasing Us About Something That The Venom F5 Just Did?

Is Hennessey Teasing Us About Something That The Venom F5 Just Did?

An announcement will come later today!

Ok, stop the presses for a second. As with teasers go, Hennessey has released an image suggesting that the Venom F5 supercar may have just accomplished the impossible. Look at the photo and the hint is clear: the Venom F5 may have just cracked the 300-mph top speed barrier. There’s no indication of it yet, bet the automaker said that an announcement is going to come shortly.

This is obviously big news. A bombshell, if you will. No production car has ever come close to reaching a top speed of 300 mph. The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport came the closest when it clocked a top speed of 267.8 mph back in 2010. Depending on who you ask, other supercars, including the Venom, have also managed to get to those numbers. But 300 mph? It’s never been done before, which is why this suggestive teaser is all anybody’s talking about now. We’ve been hinted at by Hennessey that the Venom F5 - the successor to the Venom GT - is better in every way than it’s predecessor so it’s reasonable to at least think that it could challenge the Veyron Super Sport’s top speed record. The Venom F5 does have 1,451 horsepower at its disposal and Hennessey has already made bold claims that the F5 can exceed 290 mph on the gun. But 300 mph? Well, we’re going to have to wait to get an answer, but the good news is that an answer - hopefully, at least - will come within the day. If the Venom F5 does crack 300 mph, today, October 19, 2017, is going to be one of those days that we’ll all remember years and decades from now. Stay tuned.

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Koenigsegg Agera RS Smashes Bugatti Chiron Record

Koenigsegg Agera RS Smashes Bugatti Chiron Record

By a whopping five seconds!

Ever since Bugatti unveiled the Chiron, we’ve been anxiously waiting for a new top speed world record for production cars from the French automaker. But, we didn’t get it. Instead, Bugatti set a new record for accelerating from 0 to 400 kph and coming back to a stop, achieving it in 41.96 seconds. Pretty impressive, huh? Well, it was for a little more than a month, because Koenigsegg just smashed that record by a whopping five seconds. Specifically, an Agera RS supercar was driven by Niklas Lilja to 400 kph (248.5 mph) from a standing start and then back to a full stop in only 36.44 clicks.

The record was set on October 1, 2017, at Vandel Airfield in Denmark. The Agera RS took 26.88 seconds to accelerate to 400 kph over a distance of 1,958 meters (1.21 miles, while deceleration took 9.56 seconds over 483 meters (0.3 miles). The total distance used for the 0-to-400-to-0 kph run was 2,441 meters (1.51 miles). During another run, the Swedish supercar hit 403 kph (250.4 mph) and came to a halt after 37.28 seconds, also faster than the Chiron. The Agera RS used for this record is a stock production model destined for delivery in the United States. Powered by the familiar 5.0-liter V-8 rated at 1,360 horsepower and 1,011 pound-feet of torque, the car is equipped with the optional and removable roll cage.

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Koenigsegg Throws Shade At The Bugatti Chiron's 0-400-0 KM/H Record

Koenigsegg Throws Shade At The Bugatti Chiron’s 0-400-0 KM/H Record

Automotive pettiness at the highest level

As competitive as the auto industry is, you can always count on it being extraordinarily petty at times. Case in point: Koenigsegg, the sometimes benevolent Swedish supercar brand, has just posted a photo of the Agera RS on its Facebook page, seemingly mocking the Bugatti Chiron’s recent 0-400-0 km/h (0-248-0 mph) record with a message that read: “0-400-OMG.”

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what Koenigsegg’s implying with the message. Apparently, the Chiron’s ability to travel from 0 to 400 km/h and back to 0 km/h in 41.96 seconds - a world record, by the way - isn’t fast enough. Koenigsegg didn’t elaborate any further on the meaning of the message beyond saying “coming soon!” That part is interesting because it’s understood that Koenigsegg’s thinly-veiled message aimed at Bugatti could be a precursor for something extraordinary, possibly an attempt by the Agera RS to beat the Chiron’s record, if it hasn’t done it already. The Koenigsegg supercar certainly has the credentials to pull it off, especially if it’s equipped with the One:1 upgrade package that brings its output up to 1,360 horsepower and 1,011 pound-feet of torque. So, can the Koenigsegg Agera RS beat the Bugatti Chiron’s “stop-blast off-stop again” record? We can only know if Koenigsegg shows us, which we’re now expecting to see sooner than later.

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