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

Witness The Ultimate Form Of Velocity With The First Supersonic Car

On October 15th, 1997, RAF fighter pilot Andy Green got behind the wheel of a twin jet-engined wondership known as the Thrust SSC, and smashed through the sound barrier. And this is what it looked like onboard. » 5/20/14 4:17pm 5/20/14 4:17pm

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

The Hennessey Venom GT Is The Fastest Car In The World At 270.49 MPH

These People Are Trying To Hit 1,000 MPH In A Car

In 1997, Richard Noble's ThrustSSC hit a record land speed of 763 mph. That record has never been surpassed. But the people of Bloodhound SSC are giving it a shot. » 1/27/14 2:40pm 1/27/14 2:40pm

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

This Is What The World's Fastest Motorcycle Looks Like

Setting a land speed record in a car is one thing, but now imagine doing it on just two wheels. And, oh yeah, there are actually two motors feeding 1,000 horsepower at 9,000 RPM through just the tire in the back. That's crazy, and also crazy awesome. » 9/01/13 2:00pm 9/01/13 2:00pm

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

Guinness Strips Bugatti Veyron SS Of 'World's Fastest' Car Title

Bad news for Bugatti Veyron Super Sport owners: your car is no longer the fastest production car in the world, and is therefore just a slow, worthless orange-and-black eyesore. » 4/06/13 1:33pm 4/06/13 1:33pm

Watch An Unmodified Nissan GT-R Hit 183 MPH On Ice

Lake Baikal is not only the deepest and largest volume fresh water lake in the world, but also happens to be frozen from January to late May. That creates a great opportunity for some high speed ice driving, which translates to 183 mph in a 540 horsepower stock Nissan GT-R. » 4/05/13 9:38am 4/05/13 9:38am

Add a cockpit to a Mercedes–Benz Silver Arrow and it turns into a speed record mecha with wheels. In October 1934, Rudolf Caracciola used this W25 to break the world record for the one-mile standing start. The same day, on a one-kilometer run, he became the fastest man on a public road, at 197 mph. That road, 30… » 2/26/13 10:15am 2/26/13 10:15am

In the future, we will travel through space at 120 mph!

The year 1918 doesn't seem all that far away, all things considered. And yet, futurists of the time thought some day we'd be traveling through space at the "terrific" speed of two miles a minute. That's 120 mph. To the moon in 83 days? Preposterous! » 12/12/11 4:30pm 12/12/11 4:30pm

Koenigsegg Agera R is officially the king of going then stopping

The Guinness people say it's official — the Koenigsegg Agera R's 0-300-0 km/h (186.4 mph) time of 21.19 seconds, set this past September, lands the Swedish supercar a world record in that performance event. Among production cars, that is. » 11/30/11 4:30pm 11/30/11 4:30pm

Coffee-powered car sets land speed record

Cars that run on gasified organic materials make for fun engineering challenges and slow, burpy cars. But there's still much to respect in this British team's conversion of an old Rover into a land-speed record holder that runs on coffee, the original high-test fuel. » 9/26/11 2:00pm 9/26/11 2:00pm

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

Setting speed records on ice

If you want to set a land speed record in America you do it on the salt. In Sweden you do it on the ice. This video footage shows everything from rocket powered sleds to diesel powered trucks racing at last weekend's Orsa Speed Weekend held on a frozen lake in the Swedish town of Orsa . We have to imagine struggling… » 3/20/11 2:00pm 3/20/11 2:00pm

The History of The World's Fastest Vehicles In One Image

Socks, Hawaiian shirts and Chili's gift cards? If your holiday haul left you wanting, consider this $76 print from Stefan Marjoram of all top land-speed record holders, a benefit for the Bloodhound SSC project. Inquire here. » 12/27/10 1:00pm 12/27/10 1:00pm

Ride To 278.6 MPH With The World's Fastest Streetbike

Florida motorcycle racer Bill Warner set a new world speed record for a street motorcycle at the Texas Mile in October, hitting 278.6 mph on his turbocharged Hayabusa. The onboard video may leave you weak in the knees. » 12/07/10 12:00pm 12/07/10 12:00pm