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Video of Hennessey Venom GT Capturing World Speed Records 21
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Editorial, featured, Guinness World Record, Hennessey, Hennessey Venom GT, video on 01 21st, 2013
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Even if there was some doubt to the Hennessey Venom GT reaching an astonishing 200+ MPH run capturing a world speed record, there is now an exclusive video (below) of the vehicle hitting 186 mph (300 km/h) in just 13.63 seconds – beating out the Koenigsegg Agera R’s 14.53 second world record.

Making the run from 0 to 186 mph in 13.63 seconds puts the Hennessey Venom GT in the record book as the fastest production car from 0 to 300 km/h.

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The impressive 1,244 horsepower monster birthed at the Texas Hennessey facility is one-of-a-kind derived from extensive development and craftsmanship off of an Elise/Exige-based donor car.

Development of the Hennessey Venom will continue with a 2013 Venom GT2, which is due to get a 7.0-liter twin-turbo V8 pushing 1,500 horsepower. The revised model will get a choice of a 7-speed paddle shift transmission or 6-speed Ricardo manual box. Other changes to note will be a new door design with dihedral hinges and a double bubble roof to increase headroom.

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7 units of the new Venom GT2 will be produced with prices starting around $1.25 million. Expect the first unit to be ready nearing the end of the year.



Ferraris Invade Silverstone: Video 17
Sep
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Ferrari, Guinness World Record, Kurt, video on 09 17th, 2012

Ferrari recently held a Ferrari Racing Days event at Britain’s Silverstone Circuit, and it seemed like a good opportunity to set a new world record for the greatest number of Ferrari automobiles on a single track at one time. The goal, according to the Italian manufacturer, was to get 1,000 prancing-horse cars on the track at one time.

Open to any year, make or model of Ferrari, the event ultimately drew 964 cars to the track. There, a parade lap was led by none other than Felipe Massa, one of two Formula One drivers who race for Scuderia Ferrari. While confirmation from Guinness is still pending, it looks like there was enough documentation to certify a new world record without difficulty.

As you’d expect, speeds were kept to a minimum and a good time was had by all. It’s impressive to see so many Ferraris clogging Silverstone, making the famous racing circuit look like the entrance to New York’s Lincoln Tunnel at rush hour on a Friday afternoon.

If you’re a fan of the marque, it’s impossible to watch the video without naming the cars as they pass. Sure, there are the expected 458s and Californias, along with the more affordable Mondials and 308s, but there are also a few Enzos and F40s in the mix, too.



X Games Double Loop Dare Sets Guinness World Record: Video 2
Jul
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Guinness World Record, Hot Wheels, Kurt, Stunts, video, X Games on 07 2nd, 2012

As kids, we’d bet that all of us amassed a pretty serious collection of Hot Wheels cars and track. Loop-the-loops and jumps were standard fare for Hot Wheels, and the entertainment value was generally determined by the risk of crashing violently (or the risk of terrifying the family cat). As kids, we probably wondered why no one did stunts like this in real life, too.

Hot Wheels wondered that as well, so it decided to enlist the help of drivers Greg Tracy and Tanner Foust to set a new Guinness World Record for a double loop-the-loop. In case you were wondering, each loop was 60 feet tall, and falling upside down from a height of six stories would not have ended well. You can bet there was a lot of planning (and very little margin for error) that went into the making of this record attempt.

If you’ve ever owned Hot Wheels of your own, the stunt is worth watching. We’d advise against trying this on your own, even if you do have the resources to build a specialized stunt car and a backyard ramp that dwarfs your house. If you really want to duplicate this at home, Hot Wheels would prefer you to buy its Team Hot Wheels Double Dare Snare track set, available at toy retailers everywhere. Failure with the Hot Wheels set may not be as spectacular, but neither will the medical bills.







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