When The Land Speed Record Was Set, A Town Thought It Had An Earthquake

Way back in 1997 the first supersonic car ever built smashed the world land speed record. The Thrust SSC was silent in its menacing and deliberate approach, until it finally passed you with a wallop of a double BANG as it crushed and broke through the sound barrier. This is the inside story of that run. » 12/09/14 4:20pm 12/09/14 4:20pm

Manhattan Speeder Afroduck Fled To Canada, Tells NYPD To Come Get Him

"I can do more from Canada than at Rikers," Adam Tang told me over the phone minutes ago, the first official admission from Afroduck that he flew the coop and escaped to Canada while facing charges of reckless driving. He also claims he was tipped off that the jury was rigged against him. » 11/07/14 8:55pm 11/07/14 8:55pm

Hennessey Venom GT World’s Fastest Edition: God Bless American Speed

The Texas-built Hennessey Venom GT is now the fastest car in the world, having hit 270.49 mph on the same runway where the Space Shuttle landed at the Kennedy Space Center. To commemorate this victory for glorious American speed, Hennessey has released a very lovely special edition of their record-shattering machine. » 3/25/14 1:14pm 3/25/14 1:14pm

This Porsche Was The Last Sports Car To Set A Speedway Record

When the Ford Ecoboost DP set a speed record on its namesake track last week, it received criticism for being a pure record attempt rather than qualifying like Bill Elliot. But before their run, Porsche did it nearly four decades ago, smashing the existing oval speed record with their most insane car ever. » 10/15/13 11:52am 10/15/13 11:52am

SSC Humblebrags About Getting The World's Fastest Title Back From…

It was a rough weekend for Bugatti as the Guinness World Records folks announced that the Veyron Super Sport is no longer the world's fastest production car after they discovered it used a deactivated speed limiter not present on the cars sold to the public. The record reverted to the SSC Ultimate Aero, and so SSC… » 4/10/13 3:16pm 4/10/13 3:16pm

Is it a plane? Is it a train? No, it's a prop-driven V12 locomotive!

Time again for outrageous pre-war German vehicle designs. You’ve already seen the Nazi rocket plane built to nuke New York from orbit. The propeller-driven aluminum train Schienenzeppelin is miles tamer but every bit as magnificent. And unlike the Amerika Bomber, it really ran—at 140 mph in 1931! » 3/21/11 9:30am 3/21/11 9:30am