Just last month, a Bugatti Chiron went from zero to 249 mph and back to zero in an incredible 41.96 seconds. On Sunday, a Koenigsegg Agera RS broke that record, performing the same feat in 36.44 seconds.
Last year Toyota started making noise about setting a land speed record for SUVs in a Land Cruiser... a solid-axle elephant of a vehicle that weighs close to three tons. It only took a few minor tweaks, like dialing the engine up to 2,000 horsepower, but Toyota snatched a new speed record with a 230.2 mph pass.
Last year Honda released a turbocharged three-cylinder baby basket called the S660 in Japan. With an engine that would be considered modest on a motorcycle and the curb weight of a shopping cart, we could only pray one would come to America. Well one has arrived, but it’s got a different look. Very different.
Beetles are known for being many things, but fast typically isn’t one of them. This new Beetle, dubbed the “Beetle LSR” for “land speed record” just went out to shatter that perception. It got up to a blistering 205.122 mph during Bonneville Speed Week this year.
For the past two years, the famed Bonneville Salt Flats have been without the roar of triple-digit engine noise. This week, thousands of drivers from around the world are back to break records and just go really, really fast.
Following the cancellation of Speed Week at the Bonneville Salt Flats for the last two consecutive years, it looks like the event is back on for this year.
Indian Motorcycles took their Scout and Chief Dark Horse bikes out for some land speed races at El Mirage, California this year. They captured all the action in a seven-part video series you can kill some time with.
The Bloodhound SCC is a 44-foot-long “car” that uses a jet engine to accelerate to 350 MPH. Then it turns on a rocket to barf up the equivalent of 135,000 horsepower. That means it can hit 1,000 MPH within one minute of being parked. In theory.
The Triumph Castrol Rocket is a “motorcycle” that really looks more like a spaceship. The team’s out in Bonneville chasing speed records, and the most incredible thing about this run is how calm the bike seems at 233 MPH.
The team at Bloodhound SSC have to protect their driver if a rock strikes the cabin (or a wheel explodes) at their target record-breaking speed of 1000 miles per hour. Here's how they test their safety cell.
Let's say you wanted to order a piece of the Bloodhound SSC yourself. Nothing crazy. A CNC support section. Just a hunk of machined steel. You could use it as a coffee table. Yeah, that would cost you a half million dollars.
This communications test might seem fast at a good 650 mph, but it's nothing compared to what the Bloodhound SSC land speed record crew are testing for. Also, it makes for beautiful imagery.
Sure, you can go as fast as you want on a dry lakebed like California's El Mirage. Things just won't necessarily go perfectly.
Yes, as a matter of fact there is a land-speed Ram pickup. And Kaylin Stewart will climb behind the wheel this summer for a shot at being the 24th female to go 200 MPH at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Just as soon as she gets her license printed.
In 1938, Rudolph Caracciola drove a 5.6 liter, 753 horsepower Mercedes streamliner to 268.8 mph (432.7 km/h) on a public road, no less. Back in 1991, this bizarre Ferrari set out to beat that run.
America: Land of the Free. Well, maybe that should be Land of Speed. Here are ten of our fastest cars, from record-setting streamliners to street-legal customs.
This is 52-year-old Mike Newman driving a Porsche at an average of 186 miles an hour. Why is this a new land speed record? Newman is blind.