Porsche Invents Another Pointless Record With the Taycan
Anything can be turned into a world record these days, and you don’t have to look far to see where that’s happening. Mercedes-Benz just reclaimed the fastest luxury car and fastest production car at the Nurburgring titles a few days ago. Last month, the SSC Tuatara wrestled the fastest car in the world title from the Koenigsegg Agera RS, albeit in a controversial fashion. There’s a world record for every automaker these days, including Porsche, which set the Guinness World record for longest drift by an electric car with the Taycan, going sideways for 26 straight miles with an average speed of 29 mph. Even with all these records popping up, it’s hard to deny that the achievement was impressive, especially when you consider that driver Dennis Retera had to sustain the drift for almost an hour.
Mercedes-AMG Made Sure You Can’t Dispute the GT Black Series’ Nurburgring Record
Remember that rumor from October 2020 that Mercedes might have set a new Nurburgring lap record with the AMG GT Black Series? Well, it’s been almost a month since then and the German company finally released the car’s Nordschleife run on video.
And it’s true, the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series is now the quickest production car on the Green Hell. The Black Series was driven by GT3 pilot Maro Engel to a new record of 6:43.616 minutes, more than a second quicker than the previous benchmark.
The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 4-Door S Set a New Nürburgring Record
The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4-Door has a new (old) record to add to its shelf after reclaiming the fastest lap around the Nurburgring Nordschleife in the “luxury class” segment.
The AMG GT 63 S 4-Door reclaimed the title from the Porsche Panamera Turbo S after AMG development engineer Demian Schaffert clocked a time ofseven minutes and 27.8 seconds (7:27.8) for the 12.944-mile-long version of the race track with straight-line measurement for track section T13 and seven minutes and 23.009 seconds for the old 12.8-mile-long version without the straight-line measurement for track section T13.
The new record serves as validation for Mercedes-AMG after the automaker took to social media to suggest that “it’s high time to hit the track again” after the Panamera Turbo S beat the GT 63 S 4-Door’s old record by 0.3 seconds. Mission accomplished, Mercedes-AMG.
Koenigsegg’s Just Proved How Important Having The Fastest Car in the World Is To Brands
The fastest production car in the world title is a funny thing. On the one hand, it’s nothing more than a vanity record, or a “legacy record,” as some would put it. It’s not something that regular car owners can do or even experience because of all the preparations — and dangers — that come in trying to set the record. On the other hand, it is a tangible record. The Guinness Book of World Records recognizes it as a legitimate world record.
Naturally, there’s a lot of competition among the small group of automakers with cars that can lay claim to the record. The level of competition is fierce, folks. One car sets the record and, just as quickly, everyone tries to dissect the legitimacy of a record-setting run.
Take Koenigsegg, for example. The Agera RS currently holds the official record of the fastest production car in the world, but that hasn’t stopped rivals like Bugatti and Hennessey from claiming the record, even if the requirements to satisfy the validity of such a record aren’t met. Now you can throw SSC North America into that mix after its supercar, the Tuatara, supposedly setting an average top speed run of 331 mph. Now, it’s one thing to set a record, but it’s another thing to set a record that everyone recognizes. Koenigsegg didn’t take too kindly to the SSC Tuatara’s record-breaking top speed, proving yet again how important this “title” is to everyone who wants to claim it.
Koenigsegg Wants You To Remember That the Agera RS Still Holds The Top Speed Record
On October 2020, SSC announced that it has set a new top speed record for production cars with the Tuatara, which hit an average 316 mph on a road in Nevada. But a few famous YouTubers revealed that the official video actually shows a slower speed than SSC’s telemetry system and the American company announced that it will redo its run with better footage. As result, the Koenigsegg Agera RS remains the world’s fastest production car and the Swedish carmaker was quick to brag about it record still standing after three years.
SSC Says It Will Re-Run Its Record Attempt with The Tuatara Amid Controversy
The dust has barely settled on Nevada’s Route 160 where SSC’s latest hypercar, the Tuatara, reportedly broke the world speed record for a production car after reaching 331 mph on October 10th and the American automaker is set to return to the highway or a different stretch of road to do it all over again. As doubts mounted over the credibility of SSC’s claims, CEO and Founder Jerod Shelby himself vowed to give it another go in a bid to clear his and the company’s name following the "stained" record attempt.
Forget The Drama - SSC Should Just Run the Tuatara Speed Record Again
SSC made headlines earlier this month when it announced that it had set a new world record for production cars with the Tuatara. The American company revealed that its latest supercar hit an average top speed of 316 mph during a two-way run on a closed road in Nevada, taking the official record from Koenigsegg and also breaking the unofficial record of the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+, the first production car to surpass the 300-mph mark.
But famed YouTubers Shmee150 and Misha Charoudin are questioning SSC’s record-setting run and video, suggesting that the speeds shown in the onboard footage aren’t real. The company issued a follow-up statement, but it did not address the errors discovered in its videos. Should SSC run a new record-setting attempt?
The SSC Tuatara Just Proved That Michelin Tires Are Better Than We Thought
Unless you live under a rock, you’re well aware of the new record set by SSC Tuatara. It became the world’s fastest production car by averaging 316.11 mph over two runs. There are various questions by us enthusiasts regarding the drive, and the answers are slowly coming in. One of the biggest questions was around the wheels and tires. As it turns out, the supercar did the world record run on stock Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s tires!
Video: SSC Tuatara Hits 331 MPH; Is Now The World’s Fastest Production Car
We’ve been waiting on SSC (Shelby Supercars) for over seven years as the American manufacturer kept upping the hype on its upcoming Tuatara hypercar that was meant to pick up where the SSC Ultimate Aero left off as the fastest car in the world. With 304 mph the target set by Bugatti, SSC hit the Nevada desert and more than made up for the wait by exceeding 330 mph in what was considered as tough conditions.
The SSC Tuatara May Have Set a New World Top Speed Record
After nine years of development, the SSC Tuatara finally went into production in 2020, with the first customer car showcased in February. Ever since it started working on the Tuatara, SSC said it will attempt a Guinness Book top speed record for production cars. And it seems it might have already happened.
The Tesla Roadster Will Try to Straighten The Nürburgring in 2021
The news surrounding the Roadster has surely gotten us frustrated at some point or the other. It was unveiled in 2017 and was expected to hit the roads in 2020, but Tesla made it clear that the Roadster is not its priority and it will arrive later.
Although its arrival date is pushed to 2022 for now, we do get constant updates about it every now and then. This time, it comes from none other than the CEO himself about the Roadster going to Nurburgring. Elon Musk confirmed on Twitter that the Roadster will hit the tarmac on the Green Hell next year. From what we know already, can it set a record?
Mercedes-AMG Wants to Eat Porsche’s Nurburgring Cake
Barely a few weeks have passed since the all-new 2021 Porsche Panamera — a car that has yet to make its debut, by the way — usurped the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S as the fastest "executive car" at the Nurburgring. The four-door saloon posted a record-breaking time of 7:29.81, edging out the AMG GT 63 S 4-Door Coupe by a slim 0.3-second margin. It didn’t take long for Mercedes-AMG to hear about the new record, and, in true competitive form, the Affalterbach-based outfit didn’t take the challenge of reclaiming the record lying down. In a Facebook post, Mercedes-AMG hinted that a return to the track might be in the automaker’s future in response to "a recent record time you may have heard about." We know that Mercedes-AMG is referencing Porsche and the all-new Panamera. What’s unclear at this point is what version of the AMG GT S 63 4-Door Coupe is Mercedes-AMG planning to unleash to try to beat the new Panamera. No timetable has been set for the performance brand’s return to the ’Ring, but with the record now in Porsche’s hands, don’t expect Mercedes-AMG to wait too long to reclaim its throne.