Take a Look Back at VW’s Record-Breaking Run Up Pikes Peak: Video
This summer, Volkswagen conquered the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race with their fantastic I.D. R prototype, which was driven by Romain Dumas up the mountain in a record time of 7:57.148, 16 seconds under Sebastien Loeb’s 5-year-old record.
Motorsport is still a relevant marketing tool and battle-scarred Volkswagen decided the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the perfect place to showcase its electric technology. The race, which has been going since 1916, sees competitors climb up the 12.42-mile-long course all the way to 14,000 feet. Nowadays, there’s no more dirt at Pikes Peak, but that doesn’t make the challenge itself any less daunting.
Jaguar XE 300 Sport Becomes First Car To Lap The Circuit de Charade in 30 Years
The Jaguar XE 300 Sport made history in the most unusual of ways by becoming the first car to lap France’s Circuit de Charade in 30 years. The five-mile circuit hasn’t been used since the late 80’s — it hosted the French Grand Prix five times between 1965 and 1988 — but Jaguar was able to work with local authorities and the track’s current owners to re-establish its original layout for the XE 300 Sport’s flying lap. In the end, the XE 300 Sport managed to clock a lap time of four minutes and nine seconds at an average of 72 mph.
Ford Mustang RTR Drifts the Entire Nurburgring
Vaughn Gittin Jr. completed a full lap of the Nurburgring, doing so while drifting theFord Mustang RTR drift the whole way. The stunt was performed without the objective of setting a lap time. The achievement was no less remarkable, though, because Gittin Jr. became the first driver to drift a car in the 12.8-mile course.
The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Earns a Land Speed Record at the Bonneville Salt Flats
The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta has entered the record books after setting the land speed record for its class and displacement at the Bonneville Salt Flats. The Jetta set the record with a run that reached 210.16 mph, breaking the previous record of 208.472 mph. The achievement didn’t come with its share of problems, but ultimately, Volkswagen and the team behind this particular Jetta, THR Manufacturing, managed to troubleshoot their way into the record books, putting a successful lid on an attempt that was months in the making.
The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Steals Speed Record at Laguna Seca, But We’re Not Impressed
The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 has dominated the speed record for production sedans at Laguna Seca by almost a second with Randy Pobst pushing it around the track in just 1:37:54. That beats out the Cadillac CTS-V by almost a second, the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio by nearly two seconds, the BMW M5 by 2.4 seconds, and the Mercedes-AMG C63S by nearly three seconds. All of this is actually pretty impressive with the exception of one thing – the Project 8 might be a production car, but it’s hardly that. Its production run is limited to just 300 units, and it’s so heavily modified that it’s really not fair to compare it to the mass-produced models that it just beat.
Lets lake the CTS-V, for example. Sure, it’s a modified version of the CTS, but it’s not modified to the extent that it is that different. The same thing goes for the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio, the M5, and the C63 S. They are all badass sedans, sure, but the Project 8 has a special distinction – only the front doors and roof panel are original. Everything else from the XE it’s based on has been replaced or manipulated in one way or another. That’s not the case with any of the cars that now, sadly, sit below the Project 8 at Laguna Seca. The Project 8 pumps out 592 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque from a 5.0-liter V-8. Do you think you can even get a V-8 in the XE, even in its highest trim? Sorry, not gonna happen. Oh, and the Project 8 cost more than three times that of the range-topping XE S AWD trim level. So, Jaguar wants a pat on the back for breaking the “production sedan” record at Laguna Seca, but the fact of the matter is that it had to use a limited-run car that’s heavily modified to do it. We’re not impressed one bit. This is hardly a production sedan. When Jaguar can beat out the competition with a mass-produced car, then maybe we’ll talk.
But, I digress. Even if this record-breaking run is a ferociously obnoxious pile of PR crap stinking up our office, Randy Pobst was behind the wheel, and it’s always a blast to watch this man drive. So, we’ve posted the video here for you to watch and enjoy.
The Lucid Air Just Slaughtered Tesla and Jaguar’s EVs Around Laguna Seca
In addition to playing host to the Monterey Motorsports Reunion, the Ferrari Challenge, and numerous other high-profile racing events, Laguna Seca is also the latest battleground for cutting-edge EV performance bragging rights, with makes like Tesla and Jaguar attacking the world-famous Californian circuit to show off their battery-powered speed chops. Now, the Lucid Motors Air, the up-and-coming sedan from the Newark-based company, just reset the lap record for production-based EVs. Kind of.
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Hennessey Claims to Have Pushed the Venom F5 Engine to Over 2,000 Horsepower
The Hennessey Venom F5’s 7.6-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 is so powerful that John Hennessey himself claims that it’s capable of producing over 2,000 horsepower. The owner and proud father of the Venom F5 spoke with Top Gear about the company’s plans for its new hypercar. In addition to talking about the Venom F5’s monstrous power figures, Hennessey also confirmed the company’s plans to start testing the hypercar in 2019 with an eye at making a top speed run in the latter part of next year.
Video: BMW is Up to More Weirdness with the M2 Competition
The BMW M2 is back in the headlines with another bizarre record-breaking stunt. It’s already claimed the world record — or so BMW says — for popping 79 balloons in 60 seconds with a laser on its front grille. Now, the laser is gone, and in its place is a blade that’s attached to the rear of the coupe. The goal this time is to cut down more than 87 bamboo poles in 60 seconds. Did the BMW M2 Competition do it? Let’s find out.
BMW M2 Competition Breaks Weird World Record in The Name of Marketing
BMW teased a new world record set by the M2 Competition a few weeks ago. It was unclear exactly what that record was, but the German automaker has now released a short video detailing exactly what it is. To say that it’s a strange record would be doing the whole attempt a disservice. And yet, for some reason, we got excited that the M2 Competition broke a record we didn’t even know existed. Why? Because it used a laser in doing it. That’s right, folks — a laser.
Lamborghini Aventador SVJ breaks Nurburgring record!
It’s been only 24 hours since Lamborghini released a short video of the upcoming Aventador SVJ on the Nurburgring, and the Italian firm announced that the supercar set a new lap record for production cars at the Nurburgring. The Aventador SVJ lapped the German track in 6:44.97 minutes, a full minute quicker than the previous record holder.
Porsche Dominates The New Australian Racetrack
Porsche has been going around the world, breaking lap records one after the other with the new 911 GT2 RS. This time, however, it sets a new record instead of breaking one. The virgin racetrack in Australia gets smoked by the 911 GT2 RS, and we are quite positive this record will stay for a long time.
Honda Civic Type R Sets New Lap Record
Even if you’re a diehard domestic lover with a heart made of American iron and spare V-8’s, ‘ya gotta give it up for the Honda Civic Type R. Over the year, the H Badge has worked hard to refine and polish this FWD hero to a gleaming finish, and the latest fifth-generation FK8 that dropped in 2017 at the Geneva Motor Show brings all the tricks and innovation together into a single high-speed package. To prove its worth, the new R’d-out Civic has been on a worldwide tour, smashing lap records as it goes, with the latest fast results coming out of a trip to Portugal.
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