Once Again: The SSC Ultimate Aero TT Is Set To Break Production Car Speed Record

Bugatti, the end is nigh, maybe. Those lovable scamps over at Shelby SuperCars are poised to break the production car speed record (242 mph) currently being held hostage somewhere in Sweden by Koenigsegg. The unofficial production-car speed record of 253 mph is, of course, safe and sound somewhere in the German French… »8/02/07 10:45am8/02/07 10:45am

Back to the Wind Tunnel: SSC Falls Short of Speed Record

Blame it on the weather. American supercar builder SSC fell 23 mph short of breaking the prouction-car speed record yesterday. The company's 1183-hp Ultimate Aero TT was clocked at 230 mph on a closed stretch of Nevada highway. The snafu was snow (damn you Nevada microclimates), which added a hint of treachery from… »3/23/07 11:30am3/23/07 11:30am

Juha on Ice! Rally Vet Breaks Ice Speed Record in His Own Bentley

Considering a speeding ticket in Finland will cost you 10 percent of your yearly income, driving fast on frozen lakes is probably the more sober choice. Finn rally veteran Juha Kankkunen recently set the world ice driving speed record, knocking on 200 mph's door in his personal Bentley Continental GT. Word is, his… »3/16/07 8:52am3/16/07 8:52am

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 12:30pm11/28/06 12:30pm

Oil Burner Smokes the Salt: Dieselmax Hits 300 mph in Bonneville

Those daring young Brits and their smelly rocket, the JCB Dieselmax, rocked the Bonneville Salt Flats yesterday, breaking 300 mph for the first time. Wing Commander Andy Green took the diesel-powered streamliner to 308 mph — and he says there's room to spare. While the only glitch was a parachute that failed to open,… »8/18/06 8:20am8/18/06 8:20am

Fastbound and Down: Videos of JCB's Diesel Land-Speed Car

Holy crap. When we heard JCB was going after the diesel land speed record, we pictured something exactly like the aero-slip DieselMax racer it came up with. But did we expect the twin-turbo slingshot to sound like a Cummins-powered Freightliner? Damn straight we didn't (tho it makes perfect sense — it is still just a… »8/04/06 12:12pm8/04/06 12:12pm

Once More with Feeling: Latest Ultima Supercar Breaks Speed Record

The newest among Chevy-powered semi—kit cars to emerge from the UK's Ultima sports-car builders has toasted a speed record set by one of its predecessors. The Ultima 720GTR recently performed the zero-100mph-0 sprint in 9.4 seconds — breaking its sibling's previous record of around 10 seconds and destroying the… »6/06/06 11:45am6/06/06 11:45am