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Watch The BAC Mono Set A New Lap Record… On A Damp Track 18
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BAC, BAC Videos, Film, Record, video on 01 18th, 2018


With a better power-to-weight ratio than anything this side of a jet-powered feather, there's little question that the BAC Mono is one seriously quick set of wheels. But just how quick is it, exactly?
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Watch The New BMW M5 Set Two Drifting Records At The Same Time 9
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW M5, BMW Videos, drifting, Film, Record, video on 01 9th, 2018

An all-wheel drive, automatic family sedan is about the last vehicle you’d think would drift. (Trust us, we’ve tried it.) But the new BMW M5 is no ordinary family sedan.

In fact it just set not one, but two new records for doing just that: one record that it beat – positively obliterated, really – and another that it set for the first time.

The idea was to take back the record for the longest sustained drift. BMW broke the previous record a few years back when Johan Schwartz oversteered a previous M5 around the skidpad at the BMW Performance Center in South Carolina (where Schwartz works as a driving instructor).

He managed to lap the skidpad 322.5 times that time, covering a distance of 51.278 miles. Then someone beat his record, so they went at it again at the same track, with same driver, and a new M5.

Though the rules would ostensibly have allowed them to stop and refuel, the team at BMW went one better, setting another record in the process. They rigged up a military-aviation-style refueling rig, brought a second M5 in alongside the first one in a parallel drift, and gassed up one car from the other while they both skidded sideways around the wet track.

Not once, either: five times over the course of eight uninterrupted hours of continuous drifting, covering a total distance of 232.5 miles. The previous record they had to beat, in case you were wondering: 89.55 miles. Like we said, positively obliterated. And BMW has two new Guinness World Records to show for it.

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Did BMW Really Just Refuel An M5 Mid-Drift? 8
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW M, BMW M5, BMW Videos, Film, Record, video on 01 8th, 2018


With 600 horsepower and a trick all-wheel drive system, the new 2018 BMW M5 is surely capable of a lot. But a mid-drift refueling?

From what this video has to show us, yes – that’s exactly what the Bavarian automaker has pulled off with its new performance sedan.

Though the details have yet to be released, it appears that the M5 just set some sort of record – Guinness-certified, no less – for the world’s longest sustained drift, covering the greatest distance possible in one continuous, 8-hour power slide.

In fact the M5 appears to have drifted for so long that it needed to be gassed up in the middle. So they did it military-style, lining up with another M5 and transferring fuel from one car to the other.

That’s about all we know at the moment, but BMW promises to give us more on the stunt tomorrow. In the meantime, you can get a taste for what they pulled off in the pair of videos below. Just please promise us that you won’t try to do the same yourself.

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Faster Than A Bugatti 262MPH Nissan 300ZX To Be Auctioned In Japan 26
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in auction, Galleries, nissan, Nissan 300ZX, Record, used cars on 12 26th, 2017


Did you find that 222-mph (358km/h)  Toyota Supra V12 we recently told you about was cool? Well, take a moment to digest this, a 262-mph Nissan 300ZX, also set to be sold by BH Auction in January.

Officially dubbed the 1991 Jun Bonneville 300ZX ‘Z32’, this extensively-modified Japanese sports car reached a top speed of 261.923 mph (421.536 km/h) at the Bonneville Speed Week.

To achieve a Bugatti Veyron-beating top speed, this 300ZX has undergone a series of significant modifications. For starters, the engine has been overhauled and thanks to a huge turbocharger and supporting mods, delivers around 985 hp. There’s also a huge surge tank and a custom front-end designed to allow the car to cut through the air at high speeds.

Inside, the cabin remains fairly standard but does include a roll cage, racing steering wheel, numerous gauges, and half a dozen custom switches and buttons on the dash.

The auction house expects the car to sell for between 8 million yen ($70,560) and 11 million yen ($97,020).

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The New BMW M5 Set A Lap Record (But Not At The Nurburgring) 21
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW M5, Record on 12 21st, 2017


We’ve yet to see what the new BMW M5 can do at the Nurburgring, but the performance sedan has claimed the lap record at another circuit.

BMW factory driver Bruno Spengler (who won the DTM title back in 2012) took the F90-generation M5 to the Shanghai International Circuit in China, where it clocked a hot lap of 2:22.828.

That was enough, according to the manufacturer, to take the lap record for four-door production sedans at the circuit, apparently beating the previous record by five seconds.

The overall record still stands at 1:31.68, set by Lewis Hamilton this year in the Mercedes AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+ on his way to winning the Chinese Grand Prix this year. (Rival Sebastian Vettel and teammate Valtteri Bottas were close behind at 1:31.86, according to FastestLaps.com.)

Lest you think the new M5’s trick xDrive traction system would make it eligible for the fastest all-wheel-drive lap, think again: that honor belongs to the Toyota TS050 prototype, which was clocked at 1:42.53.

There have also been faster “sedans” on the track, mind you – like the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC (1:48.78) and Holden Commodore V8 Supercar (1:51.06) – but those are silhouette racers, not road-going production models.

Still, that time is not bad at all for the road-going M5, especially considering that it’s less than 20 seconds off the best time posted by an LMGTE racer – namely the 2:03.76 set by AF Corse’s Davide Rigon in the Ferrari 458 – but we’re comparing apples to oranges here. Now if we could see what it’ll do around the Nordschleife….

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The New BMW M5 Set A Lap Record (But Not At The Nurburgring) 21
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW M5, Record on 12 21st, 2017


We’ve yet to see what the new BMW M5 can do at the Nurburgring, but the performance sedan has claimed the lap record at another circuit.

BMW factory driver Bruno Spengler (who won the DTM title back in 2012) took the F90-generation M5 to the Shanghai International Circuit in China, where it clocked a hot lap of 2:22.828.

That was enough, according to the manufacturer, to take the lap record for four-door production sedans at the circuit, apparently beating the previous record by five seconds.

The overall record still stands at 1:31.68, set by Lewis Hamilton this year in the Mercedes AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+ on his way to winning the Chinese Grand Prix this year. (Rival Sebastian Vettel and teammate Valtteri Bottas were close behind at 1:31.86, according to FastestLaps.com.)

Lest you think the new M5’s trick xDrive traction system would make it eligible for the fastest all-wheel-drive lap, think again: that honor belongs to the Toyota TS050 prototype, which was clocked at 1:42.53.

There have also been faster “sedans” on the track, mind you – like the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC (1:48.78) and Holden Commodore V8 Supercar (1:51.06) – but those are silhouette racers, not road-going production models.

Still, that time is not bad at all for the road-going M5, especially considering that it’s less than 20 seconds off the best time posted by an LMGTE racer – namely the 2:03.76 set by AF Corse’s Davide Rigon in the Ferrari 458 – but we’re comparing apples to oranges here. Now if we could see what it’ll do around the Nordschleife….

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It Took Two Porsches To Set This Latest Nurburgring Lap Record 10
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Nurburgring, porsche, Porsche Panamera, Porsche Videos, Record, video on 12 10th, 2017


Another week, another Nürburgring lap record. This one has been set in a Porsche, but it comes with a larger qualification than just about any we’ve seen to date.

Though not (as far as we can tell) officially verified, this video posted by vehicle trailer manufacturer Moetefindt Fahrzeugbau shows a Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo lapping the Nordschleife in 12:06 – while towing a trailer.

That time in and of itself wouldn’t be nearly enough to steal the wagon record from the Mercedes-AMG E63 S, which lapped the circuit in 7:45.19 several weeks ago. But then the Benz wasn’t towing a trailer.

Behind the wheel, in case you were wondering, is one Patrick Simon. One of three German racing brothers, Patrick won the Formula Le Mans class championship in the 2011 Le Mans Series with Pegasus Racing.

Oh, and inside the trailer? Another Porsche, of course! Specifically, a vintage Porsche Junior 108 farming tractor – which would likely take a lot longer to mow the Green Hell under its own power than it took to get around with the Panamera doing the heavy work. Now if we could just see Zuffenhausen’s turbo wagon repeat the feat without the tractor/trailer, Mercedes might have a real challenger on its hands.

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Watch The Record-Breaking Koenigsegg Agera RS Hit 284MPH From The Inside 7
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Koenigsegg, Koenigsegg Agera, Koenigsegg Videos, Record, video on 12 7th, 2017


Koenigsegg has released onboard footage of the Agera RS breaking the production speed record and more specifically the highest top speed run of that day, clocking 284.55mph (457.94km/h).

If you had to pick what was the thing that impressed you the most from Koenigsegg’s new speed records (other than, you know, the speeds) it has to be the staggering stability the Agera RS displays when going flat out beyond the 200mph mark.

This is also displayed by Niklas Lilja, Koenigsegg’s factory driver, who casually takes his hand off the steering wheel while still doing 200mph. The effortlessness of the whole feat is what hits you the most.

For those who still don’t know, Koenigsegg was able to break no less than five production vehicle speed records that day with a customer-owned Agera RS in Pahrump Nevada. Among these records is of course the highest top speed for a production car, set at 277.87mph (447.19km/h) as calculated using an average of two runs and a 0-400km/h-0 run in 33.29 seconds.

Fitted with a 1,360hp V8 engine running on E85 fuel, the Koenigsegg Agera RS used for the record was wearing a set of standard Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s, with the company using just one set of tires to achieve all speed records.

Koenigsegg’s achievement should make Bugatti even more nervous when it’s their turn to unleash the Chiron for a top speed run but until then, the speed king comes from Sweden.

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This Nissan GT-R Could Smash Its Own Six-Second 1/4 Mile World Record 7
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Drag-Racing, nissan, nissan gt-r, Nissan Videos, Record, video on 12 7th, 2017


AMS Performance has continued development of the world’s first six-second, street-legal Nissan GT-R, which is now looking to go faster than it ever has before on the drag strip.

Earlier this year, this car, owned by drag racing enthusiast Gidi Chambi, ran a record 6.937 second quarter mile, thus becoming the quickest GT-R on the planet. Equipped with a host of mechanical modifications and a new rose gold chrome wrap, it’s possible we might be looking at the world’s quickest Nissan.

While the car, affectionately known as Alpha Queen, is still street-legal, it is a far cry from a standard GT-R.

In fact, the engine is totally new and delivers over 3,000 hp. However, to AMS’s credit, it does retain a six-cylinder, twin-turbo setup like any other R35, although the turbos now stick out of the front bumper.

Expect to hear more about this GT-R if it does indeed set a new quarter mile world record. In the meantime, enjoy these videos of the craziest incarnation of Godzilla yet.

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Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Sets Nurburgring Sedan Record Of 7min 23sec 29
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Jaguar, Jaguar Videos, Jaguar XE, Nurburgring, Record, video on 11 29th, 2017


The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 has become the fastest sedan to ever lap the Nurburgring, recording a blistering time of 7 minutes and 23 seconds.

The previous record was a 7 min 32 sec set by the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio but Jaguar managed to slashed a full nine seconds off that record with the hardcore XE SV Project 8 in production-intent specification.

Unlike the Giulia Quadrifoglio which is sold throughout the world and in large numbers, Jaguar will only build 300 examples of the Project 8. Nevertheless, it shows the Germans and Italians that they can’t have the high-performance sedan market all to themselves.

Speaking about the Nurburgring record, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations managing director John Edwards said, “SVO exists to push the boundaries of performance, luxury and all-terrain capability. The hand-assembled XE SV Project 8 takes that principle to the limit, extracting supercar-beating performance from Jaguar’s most compact four-door sedan. The Nürburgring Nordschleife record underlines our commitment to deliver the most extreme Jaguar ever to Project 8 clients, who will soon experience this sensational sedan for themselves.”

Sitting at the heart of the XE SV Project 8 is a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine with 600 PS. Connected exclusively to an eight-speed transmission, the super sedan can accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 200 mph (321 km/h).

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Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari F2001 Fetches An Incredible $7.5 Million! 18
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, F1, Ferrari, Motorsport, racing, Record on 11 18th, 2017


Want to know which is the most expensive modern Formula One racing car ever sold at an auction? Well, you’re looking at it. It’s a Ferrari F2001, which the legendary Michael Schumacher drove in, and positively dominated, the 2001 Formula One World Championship, and it just sold for an astounding $7.5 million.

Schumacher won nine races in the F2001 that season, and retired before the finish line at only two. Of the several examples that the Scuderia built for Schumacher and his teammate Rubens Barrichello that season, the champ drove this one in Monaco and Hungary, winning both on the path to his fourth world title.

Schumacher finished that season with 123 points, nearly twice as many as his closest rival, McLaren’s David Coulthard. There wasn’t a race that entire season, in fact, where the F2001 didn’t finish on the podium. That makes this a highly desirable racing car, of the kind that rarely comes up for auction, and that was reflected most brilliantly in the sale price.

After feverish bidding in New York on Thursday evening, a collector placed the high bid of $7,504,000 to win the day. That far exceeds the $4-5.5-million estimate which RM placed on it ahead of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale, as well as the $3,198,500 that stood until now as the record for a modern F1 car sold at auction. That, in case you were wondering, was for another one of Schumi’s championship winners: the Ferrari F2004, sold by (you guessed it) RM Sotheby’s at the factory in Maranello in 2005.

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John Hennessey Says He’s Motivated By Koenigsegg’s Speed Record 13
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Hennessey, Hennessey Venom F5, Koenigsegg, Record on 11 13th, 2017


Shortly after Koenigsegg smashed the top speed record for a production car, John Hennessey said the Swedish firm’s achievement has motivated him to reclaim the record with the Venom F5.

Speaking with Top Gear, Hennessey stated he was initially skeptical after hearing about Koenigsegg’s record average speed.

“My first thought was ‘did they run both directions?’, because that’s a question everybody asks us. Then I wondered if they’d brought proper Racelogic VBOX equipment to validate the data. I later heard that they did. So once I saw the official news come out on Instagram and then YouTube, I looked at it and I thought they did it right. And fair play to them,” he said.

“I’m not worried about it [Koenigsegg’s speed], I’m excited and motivated. I’ve been waiting almost four years for somebody to better the record. And once you have more players that are playing in the top speed game, then you have more relevance.”

As development of the new Venom F5 is only in its early stages, the Texas tuner isn’t yet in a position to challenge the 277.8 mph two-way average set by the Agera RS. Instead, Hennessey said he will let Bugatti and Koenigsegg fight each other for the title of world’s fastest production car for a while.

“It all puts pressure on Bugatti, to step up and deliver the number that everybody expects them to do. Then we’ll let those guys duke it out for a little while, then, once we figure out which one of those guys [Koenigsegg and Bugatti] is going the fastest, then we’ll take the F5 out and lay down a number.”

On paper, the Venom F5 has the potential to rival both the 1,360 hp Agera RS and 1,500 hp Chiron. Powering the new American hypercar is a twin-turbo V8 with 1,600 hp. When combined with a curb weight of just 2,950 lbs (1,338 kg), the car will apparently hit 186 mph (300 km/h) in under 10 seconds and potentially, reach 300 mph (482 km/h).

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Caterham Seven Lays Down Record Number Of Donuts In 1 Min 10
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Caterham, celebrities, Record, UK, video on 11 10th, 2017


Former track cyclist Sir Chris Hoy looked pretty good on four wheels as he set a new donut world record, marking Caterham Seven’s 60-year anniversary.

In order to successfully complete this “60 second donut challenge”, Hoy had to spin the car around as many times as he could in under a minute.

“Everyone knows I spend a lot of time in cars these days but I’ve never had much practice donuting,” said Hoy. “But when someone tells me there’s a record up for grabs that certainly focuses my mind. During the attempt I just kept going, putting everything I’d learnt into practice.”

The Olympic legend also said that when you’re in a spin, you lose sense of time, and that he was shocked to learn he managed to do as many as 19 donuts in 60 seconds, reports The Sun.

As for his Caterham of choice, it was obviously the 620R, which has a power-to-weight ratio of 620 HP per tonne and can hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 2.79 seconds.

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Mercedes-AMG E63 S Is The World’s Fastest Wagon On The ‘Ring At 7.45:19 10
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in AMG, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes E63 AMG, Mercedes Videos, Nurburgring, Record, video on 11 10th, 2017


The family-friendly Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4Matic+ became the fastest Estate car to ever lap the Nurburgring Nordschleife, recording a time of 7 min and 45.19 seconds.

Mercedes-Benz is among a select group of automakers that offer customers extremely fast wagons, able to fit the whole family, luggage plus the dog, while keeping up with just about any supercar out there.

The 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate is the very best Mercedes has to offer in this segment, with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 putting down 612 PS (604 HP) and 850 Nm (627 lb-ft) of torque. It’s so quick, it will get from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.5 seconds.

However, Sport Auto just proved that the E63 S Estate isn’t just fast in a straight line, setting a time of 7.45:19 seconds on the Nordschleife behind the wheel of this family-oriented E-Class, riding on factory tires.

Keep in mind that the E63 S Estate is heavier than its saloon counterpart, weighing just over 2 tonnes (4,400 lbs). So pretty much everything is impressive about this result, and seen as how this was an independent test, the car could actually be even quicker around the legendary circuit.

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Koenigsegg Demolishes Its 0-400-0km/h Record 8
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Koenigsegg, Koenigsegg Agera, Koenigsegg Videos, Record, video on 11 8th, 2017


Alongside setting a new top speed record for a production car, the Koenigsegg Agera RS secured a new 0-400-0 km/h record over the weekend.

If you’re a keen Carscoops reader, you’ll remember that the Swedish firm smashed the Bugatti Chiron’s 0-400-0 km/h record last month with a time of 36.44 seconds, some six seconds faster than Bugatti’s best. Not satisfied with that time, Koenigsegg set out to create history once again.

Taking to a piece of perfectly straight and beautifully smooth road in Nevada, the Agera RS broke its own record, completing the feat in just 33.29 seconds. That time is about 20 per cent quicker than Bugatti could achieve.

What’s even more incredible is that the Koenigsegg Regera may eventually complete a 0-400-0 km/h run in less than 30 seconds. The automaker believes the Regera will do 0-400 km/h in 20 seconds, approximately four seconds quicker than the 1,360 hp Agera RS.

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