Speed-obsessed tuners chase the last scraps of vMax at Nardò

It's gotten to the point where we scoff that the Ferrari LaFerrari can "only" reach 217 mph, but with all of the Texas highway and Ehra-Lessien videos out there, it's hard to remember that there are only a few places where the brave can try for 200 mph. » 9/12/14 3:13pm 9/12/14 3:13pm

The Ten Fastest Ovals Outside The US

Nascar isn't the only series where drivers forget to turn right for a while. These ten tracks show just how crazy the rest of the world is about going around in circles. » 12/06/13 11:20am 12/06/13 11:20am

Thirty years ago, Mercedes set a number of endurance records with the then-new 190E 2.3-16. They got world speed records at Nardo for 25,000 km, 25,000 miles, and 50,000 km. Here's what one of the many pit stops looked like. » 8/12/13 3:30pm 8/12/13 3:30pm

Tiny Audi A1 hits 201.324 MPH

You know the problem with setting speed records in small cars? Keeping the clowns' helmets from knocking together. Still, MTM's 500hp Audi A1 recently exceeded 200 mph on Italy's Nardo test track. Not bad for something the size of a popcorn bag. » 7/22/11 1:30pm 7/22/11 1:30pm

Fastest Lamborghini Ever, Edo Competition Sets Record in Murcielago

Take one carefully tuned Lamborghini Murcielago LP 640, an eight-mile oval, and a bunch of speed freaks propelled by destiny (and not a few shots of espresso) and you get the highest official speed for a Lamborghini, Ever. This fast lambo was able to propel itself to 214.8 mph with only the addition of high… » 12/03/07 9:15am 12/03/07 9:15am

Brabus-Tuned Maybach 57 Hits 205 mph in Nardo

There's a record for everything, though not every one gets equal weight among the record watchers. Take, for example, the title of Fastest and Most Exclusive Luxury Sedan. Show up at the Guinness doorstep with that belt, and they'll send you packing along with the guy sporting the world's largest buttocks-region… » 11/19/07 9:20pm 11/19/07 9:20pm

2001 VW Nardo Concept

It likely would've been more of a fool's errand to build the Volkswagen W12 Coupé (aka the Nardo) than it was to greenlight the Phaeton. Still, we always thought the 521-horse people's exotic was a pretty nifty example of what happens when Volkswagen puts its wurst in Giugiaro's prosciutto. » 6/27/07 4:15pm 6/27/07 4:15pm

Gunning for a Speed Record: H&R's Promo Porsche

Remember H&R? They're the German aftermarket suspension shop selling the 24k gold-plated springs for Dubai sultans' Ferraris. Now, they're addressing yet another mode of automotive hyperbolics, sponsoring a severely juiced Porsche 911 that will attempt to break the speed record for world's fastest street-legal car.… » 12/04/06 8:55am 12/04/06 8:55am

World's Fastest Fish: AC Schnitzer's BMW Tension Breaks BMW Speed Record

AC Schnitzer's Tension concept hit 206 mph on the Nardo test track in Southern Italy, stopping far short of schooling the Brabus Rocket Mercedes CLS, which peaked at 227 mph during the same AutoBild magazine showdown. But it's enough for the AC boys to call their creation the world's fastest street-legal production… » 11/28/06 12:30pm 11/28/06 12:30pm