Land Speed Record

265 mph at Bonneville on a modded Honda CBR1000RR

Posted in Best of, Educational, General, Honda, Import Rides, Land Speed Record, Racing Coverage, Rides, Videos by MrAngry | November 1st, 2012 | Leave a Reply |

Al Lamb 265 mph CBR 1000RR

The Bugatti Veyron has a top speed of over 260 mph, cost almost 2-million dollars and is one of the most technically advanced machines ever created for public purchase. It also has 2 doors, enough airbags to create a marshmallow, and electronics that make sure you don’t kill yourself if you get stupid with the go-pedal. Back in September pilot Al Lamb decided to forgo safety features, ditch two wheels and run a modified Honda CBR1000RR on the Bonneville Salt Flats to an amazing top speed of 265.454 mph. So, for those of you who think going 200 + mph in a car is impressive, watch the following video and prepare to have the meaning of impressive redefined.


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Shogun Tango: Is this the Bonneville of the Future?

Posted in Best of, Educational, General, Land Speed Record, Racing Coverage, Videos by MrAngry | October 16th, 2012 | 1 Response |

Shogun Tango

When I was a kid I wondered what the future held in store for the automobile. Would they fly, become all electric and more importantly, would society still use them. Over the years things have changed, but not to the extent that the experts had originally thought. We still roll on rubber tires, still burn fossil fuels and thankfully, still have a choice as to what we want to drive. What about racing though – how is that going to change? Shogun Tango is a short film depicting what Speed Week at the Bonneville Salt Flats might be like in the not-so-distant future. Click through to check it out.


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This Is What A 182 MPH Biodiesel F-250 Looks Like

Posted in Ford, Land Speed Record, Trucks, Videos by Kurt Ernst | October 23rd, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Last August, Brent Hajek brought his Ford F-250 Super Duty to the Bonneville Salt Flats for some wide open throttle driving. By the time he’d left, the team had set two new land speed records, including a 171.123 mph run which earned a B Production Diesel Truck record. Switching to B20 biodiesel, the team recorded a 182 mile per hour run, destroying the old record of 130.614 miles per hour. Read More…

Ford F-250 Super Duty Sets B Production Diesel Truck Speed Record

Posted in Ford, Land Speed Record, Press Release by Kurt Ernst | August 25th, 2011 | 1 Response |

Brent Hajek and his F-250 at Bonneville. Image: Ford Motor Company

Would you drive a Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab at 182 miles per hour, even at the Bonneville Salt Flats? My answer to that question, without much consideration, would be a resounding “no.” Ask Brent Hajek, a farmer from Oklahoma and owner of Hajek Motorsports, the same question and you’re likely to be met with an enthusiastic “hell yes!”

Hajek just set two land speed records in a slightly modified 2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup equipped with the new 6.7-liter PowerStroke diesel engine. On pump diesel, the truck ran a top speed of 171.123 miles per hour. Running B20 biodiesel, the truck clocked a top speed of 182 miles per hour, besting the old biodiesel record by over 52 miles per hour. Read More…

Audi And Nokian Tires Break Ice Speed Record

Posted in Audi, Land Speed Record, Pop Culture by Kurt Ernst | March 10th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Just a few weeks back, we told you about a new ice land speed record, set in a drop-top Bentley Continental Supersports driven by Juha Kankkunen. The Bentley topped 205 miles per hour, achieving the two-way average speed of 205.48 miles per hour. This was enough to break the previous record of 199.83 miles per hour, but it wasn’t enough to keep the competition at bay for long. Finnish winter tire manufacturer Nokian used an Audi RS6, fitted with studded Hakkapeliitta 7 tires, to set a two way average speed of 206.05 miles per hour. The car was piloted by Nokian Tires’ in-house hot shoe, test driver Janne Laitinen, and was fitted with off-the-shelf 255/35R20 Nokian tires. Somehow, driving an RS6 at 200 miles per hour on ice seems slightly more sane than driving a ragtop Bentley at the same speed, but I still won’t be signing up for a record attempt myself. Read More…

Would You Drive A Drop-Top Bentley 205 MPH On Ice?

Posted in Bentley, Bizarre, Land Speed Record by Kurt Ernst | February 15th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

If you’re sane, the answer to that question is either “No” or “Hell, no”. If you’re four time World Rally Champ Juha Kankkunen, your answer would probably be “miksi ei” (Finnish for “why not”). As Autoweek reports, Kankkunen just broke his own record of 199.83 miles per hour, driving a Bentley Continental Supersports convertible to a two-way average speed of 205.48 miles per hour. In the interest of safety, the car was equipped with Pirelli winter tires (although I seriously doubt they were rated beyond 168 MPH), a roll cage and a parachute, but I question how much good any of that would have done if Kankkunen had lost control at speed. Read More…

Bloodhound Rocket Car: Would you go 1,000 mph?

Posted in Celebrity Cars, Featured, Land Speed Record, Racing Coverage, Top of the Heap by MrAngry | February 10th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

Bloodhound Rocket Car
*Photo Credit: PopSci

The fastest I’ve ever been on any type of land craft is 189 mph. I did that years ago when I was a lot younger and dumber on a friends modified Suzuki Hayabusa. I just remember clamping down on the bars, tucking behind the windscreen and keeping the bike at wide open throttle until I hit terminal velocity. I was also clad in full race leathers and safety gear, but still, it probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do. Regardless, going just a tick under 190 mph is really moving, but what if you had the chance to go over five times that speed – would you do it? The guys of the Thrust SuperSonic Car Team would, and they are in fact building a craft that will hopefully do just that.
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Quick: What’s The Trabant World Speed Record?

Posted in Bizarre, Cars, Foreign Cars, Land Speed Record, Newsworthy, Pop Culture by Kurt Ernst | October 10th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

Photo: CEN

I’ll bet you didn’t know the answer to that one, did you? If I had to venture a guess, it would have been far below 100 miles per hour. And no, we’re not talking about the terminal velocity of a Trabant dropped out of an airplane at 20,000 feet over the Nevada desert.

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Bobby Cleveland Brings Lawn Mower World Speed Record Back To US

Posted in Cool Stuff, Land Speed Record, Racing by Kurt Ernst | October 2nd, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

These are tough times for us Americans. The economy is in shambles, our government is run by crooks, thieves and liars and we just shot down a chance to put men on the moon again. Worse, the lawn mower world speed record was snatched from our hands last May, when Don Wales, a Brit, ran 87.833 miles per hour at Pendine Sands. It was almost the straw that broke the camel’s back, and I for one was ready to riot in the streets.

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Buckeye Bullet 2.5 Electric Car Hits 320mph

Posted in Electric Cars, Electric Vehicles, Horsepower, Hot Rods, Land Speed Record by Dustin Driver | September 4th, 2010 | 3 Responses |

This is the Buckeye Bullet 2.5, an electric powerhouse that just broke the land-speed record for battery-powered vehicles on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. The car was built by a team of engineering students at Ohio State University. It’s powered by a 600 kilowatt lithium-ion battery pack and runs a massive electric motor that shredded the car’s gearbox after just one run. The car hit a maximum velocity of 320 miles per hour and logged an average top speed of 307.7mph in two runs. The average speed shatters the previous battery-powered vehicle speed record of 245mph set in 1999 by White Lightning. The Buckeye Bullet 2.5 is sponsored by French electric vehicle manufacturer Venturi Automobiles. Hopefully the company will use what the OU team learned to build some electric road rockets for the streets.