Pops’ Rants: Nurburgring Records You Should Know About
Oh look, we have a new Nurburgring record for seven-seat SUVs. Nope, it’s not a super-fast benchmark set by BMW or Audi, companies that have actual performance seven-seat SUVs, but a boringly slow record set by... wait for it... Skoda. Yes, a company with limited global availability drove a diesel-powered, somewhat performance-oriented SUV on the ’Ring to set a record for a class that no one cares about. And it’s damn slow too at 9:29.84 minutes. I bet SUV enthusiasts will take the showrooms by storm to buy the 236-horsepower Kodiaq RS later this year.
The Skoda Kodiaq RS Sets Nurburgring Record for Seven-Seat SUVs
The Skoda Kodiak RS has yet to break cover as a production model, but the SUV just set a Nurburgring record for seven-seat haulers. The slightly beefed-up SUV completed the iconic Nordschleife in 9:29.84 minutes with race driver Sabine Schmitz behind the wheel.
Hennessey Knows Being the Best Matters as it Aims for 300 MPH with the Venom F5
Hennessey is looking to become the first automaker to build a car that can eclipse 300 mph, and it may be able to achieve it with its first-ever custom-built car, the Venom F5. As the chase for the fastest top speed by a production car becomes more challenging, the American outfit wants to make a statement against Bugatti and Koenigsegg by accomplishing what neither has been able to do.
Tesla Model X Pulls 56 Times its Maximum Towing Capacity; Set’s New World Record as it Moves a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
I know you remember when Porsche pulled that Airbus A380 for more than 130 feet, but this story is a bit different. See, in this case, Tesla set the record for the heaviest tow by a production passenger electric vehicle. To set the record a Tesla Model X, as it rolls off the production line, pulled a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner a total of 987 feet. It did so in Melbourne, Australia and pulled a Quntas branded jet down the runway.
If that doesn’t sound tough to you, well it is. The Model X used was a P100D model, which packs 603 horsepower and 713 pound-feet of torque. Its towing capacity is rated at just 5,112 – a decent number for an electric SUV, but far, far below the 286,600-pound weight of that Qantas jet. In fact, that jet weighs 56.0641 times that of the Model X P100D’s towing capacity.
So, for now, Tesla holds a new record and, until the rest of the big boys start putting out their powerful, torquey electric SUVS. I wouldn’t count on Tesla holding this record for long. Something tells me that Porsche will be more than happy to recreate that Airbus A380 pull with something that doesn’t rely on an internal combustion engine.
Bloodhound SSC To Make First Speed Record Attempt in 2019
Koenigsegg Agera RSN Lays Waste To VMax200 Top Speed Record
The Koenigsegg Agera RSN has set a new VMax200 top speed record, eclipsing the two-year record held by another Koenigsegg, the One:1. For those who aren’t familiar with the VMax200, it’s a top speed event that’s held several times per year at airfields around the U.K. The latest edition took place over the weekend on a 2.1-km track at Kendew Barracks, an airfield located east of Leicester. The Agera RSN — it’s actually an Agera RS — turned in a scintillating run with Koenigsegg factory driver Niklas Lilja behind the wheel.
Barely a Day After its Unveiling, The Jaguar XE 300 SPORT Already Holds A Unique Record
More than a few people were disappointed when news broke that Jaguar was ditching plans to build the XE SVR. To (probably) make up for it, the British automaker released the XE 300 SPORT, a special edition version that serves as a nice headline piece ahead of the updated 2019 models. To help drive up the buzz surrounding the XE 300 SPORT, Jaguar brought it to Flevonice, Netherlands, where it could have a go at the world’s longest ice track against Olympic champion speed skater Shaolin Sándor Liu. Yes, the XE 300 SPORT raced against an Olympian. You’ll never guess who came out on top.
Watch the Porsche 911 GT3 RS Make That 6:56.4 Run Around the Nurburgring
Earlier in the week, we covered news that Porsche may have set a new personal best track lap record around the ‘Ring’s North Loop with a time of 6 minute, 56 seconds. Now, Porsche is confirming that time with an onboard video of the run, and damn, is it fast!
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Porsche Just Set a New Personal Best Around the Nurburgring With the 911 GT3 RS
As is tradition among the fastest of the fast, the latest Porsche 911 GT3 RS (also known as the 991.2 generation) went to the Nurburgring recently to test its mettle (and its metal) against nearly 13 miles of technical and challenging race corners. All told, the mean and green speed machine ripped around the Nordschleife in what appears to be a new personal best for the nameplate, as exhibited in a recent video posted to YouTube by user xthilox. Hit play below to hear well over 500 horses at full chat while the Porsche in question slingshots around the German corners with cartoonish velocity.
The new 911’s upgrades should make it quicker than the outgoing generation, which set a maxed-out time around the Green Hell at 7 minutes, 12 seconds. What’s more, the car featured here is equipped with the lightness-adding Weissach package, which cuts a total of 18 kg (39.7 pounds) from the final curb weight. It also beefs up the suspension with CFRP components for the front and rear anti-roll bars and coupling rods, while the composite material is added to the roof and front lid. Optional forged magnesium wheels are in the corners.
Rumor has it all that good stuff enabled this Stuttgart superstar to post a fastest lap of 6 minutes, 56 seconds. If true, that would make it quicker than the Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce and about as quick as the Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid monster, but not quite as quick as the latest Porsche 911 GT2 RS, which ran a 6:47 last September. It’s impressive stuff all the same.
Porsche 919 Hybrid Wallops Its Way To Spa Lap Record, Nurburgring Could Be Next
The Porsche 919 Hybrid is arguably the most dominant LMP1 racer that Porsche has ever had. It won the last three World Endurance Championships, including three straight Le Mans titles. Now that the 919 Hybrid is headed to retirement, Porsche freed it from the technical regulations of the WEC, gave it a new name (919 Evo), bumped up its power, and unleashed it on some of the most famous race tracks in the world. The first stop in this track world tour was Spa Francorchamps, and, believe it or not, the 919 Evo turned in a record-breaking lap time of 1:41.7, breaking the 1:42.553 lap time set last year by Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes Formula One car.
Lamborghini Toots its Own Horn Over the Huracan Performante Setting Records on a Handful of International Circuits
The Lamborghini Huracan Performante is arguably one of the fastest cars in the world. Its combination of lightweight construction, enhanced power, and a dedicated chassis and suspension setup has allowed it to stake its claim in the record books. Lamborghini has not been bashful about celebrating the Huracan’s record-setting runs, which includes lap records in eight race tracks all over the world, all of which were set in 2017 by different magazine publications.
Ford Enters Guinness World Records with a Billboard
It’s probably not on top of Ford’s list as far as records go, but a record is still a record. That should explain why the Blue Oval is now taking claim of the record for the world’s largest billboard, which it erected in Madrid, Spain. The 5,265-square meter monstrosity can now be seen plastered on the side of the Edificio España, the eighth tallest building in the Spanish capital. Ironically, the massive display’s subject is the Ford Ecosport.
Car Salesman Hustles His Way To World Record After Selling 1,530 Units in 2017
Ali Reda is proof that the key to success is hustle. A lot of hustle. The car salesman from the Les Stanford Chevrolet Cadillac dealership in Dearborn, Michigan reportedly sold 1,530 cars in 2017. According to the Detroit Free Press, Reda’s achievement gives him a legitimate shot at entering the Guinness Book of World Records provided that his sales numbers are verified. Unfortunately, not everyone’s celebrating Reda’s remarkable achievement as the current record-holder, Joe Girard, is already challenging those numbers.