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Homemade Motorcycle Sets Biodiesel World Speed Record

John Petsche is the name of the guy you see in this picture and he managed to combine various parts from motorcycles, industrial machinery, go-karts and generators, creating a motorcycle that runs on store-bought vegetable oil. If this isn’t impressive, the motorcycle has also won the world speed record for the 350 cc Alternate Fuel class.

It uses an industrial diesel power unit that “unleashes” 6 hp so the top speed of only 56 mph is understandable. Petsche doesn’t want to stop here and next year he plans on breaking the record by ditching the single-speed final drive unit as well as the centrifugal clutch, opting for a multi-speed gearbox. This homemade motorcycle is able to return 100 mpg of vegetable oil, according to its owner.

Source: Green Car Reports

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New World Record Car Jump

On the 29th of May 2011 the distance of the longest car jump in history was increased by the yellow driver of Hot Wheels, Tanner Foust.

Before the 500 miles race in Indianapolis the 40.000 people audience witnessed a 332 feet long car jump. The vehicle dropped 10 stories and had a slight sideways landing but the driver managed to get back on track and finish the stunt safe and sound. It may look easy, but it surely wasn’t.

Foust said: “When I got up into the truck and on the top of the slope i said to myself “there’s no way this is just 100 feet high, it feels like 900 feet” because when I first saw it from down on the ground it didn’t look so high. I’ve been training for this jump for the last three months.”


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This Is The Fastest Solar-Powered Vehicle In The World


The Sunswift Ivy was built by a team from the University of New South Wales, Australia and made in into the Guinness Book as the fastest solar powered car, clocking an average speed of 55.2 mph (88.8 km/h) at a navy base in New South Wales.

The car took down the old record which was established back in 1988 by the General Motors Sunraycer, a vehicle that managed to achieve an average speed of 79 km/h.

The Sunswift Ivy has 1/10 of the weight a regular car has and was fitted with a 98%-efficient Brushless CSIRO 3 phase DC motor that needs only 1300 watts of solar-generated power in order to achieve the aforementioned average speed of 88.8 km/h. This is roughly the same amount of energy that a toaster needs for two pieces of bread.

The drivers who managed to establish this new world record were Barton Mawer and Craig Davis, who are professional racing drivers from Tesla European Operations.

The vehicle has just about the same size as your average family car, but is very light thanks to its carbon fiber frame. Its top speed is 71.5 mph (115 km/h) and cost AUD $280,000 to develop.

Another similar Guinness world record would have to be for the longest journey done by an EV (non-solar) without recharging the batteries – 345.23 miles (555.6 km), achieved with a Mira EV, driven by Tadashi Tateuchi from Tokyo to Osaka, Japan.

Source: WorldRecordsAcademy

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Video: Bad Habit monster truck sets new world record with 208 ft. jump

Monster trucks are born from competition, and when Joey Sylvester, driver of the Bad Habit truck saw that Big Foot set a new world record for the longest jump, with 202 feet traveled in the air, he set forth to break that achievement.

Sadly, things didn’t go so well in the first test run, with Sylverster crashing the truck into the dirt landing ramp. With a lot of work and dedication, the Bad Habit monster was back on its huge wheels and, on September 5, tried to officially beat Big Foot.

The first run was short, as the truck did 75 mph and jumped ‘only’ 198 feet, but on the second run, Sylvester pushed it to 79 mph, and achieved a 208 foot jump.

Hit the jump to see video with the first crash, and a teaser of the record breaking jump. Sadly, the rest of the footage is only available as a DVD.

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1966 Volvo P1800 reaches 2.8 million miles driven, sets new world record

After seeing the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport set a new world record for the fastest production car, we now get see a new type of record being broken by a very different car.

The 1966 Volvo P1800 you see above, owned by Irv Gordon, has reached a whopping 2.8 million miles (4.5 million km) driven, owning the new world record for the biggest distance traveled by a non-commercial vehicle.

According to 70-year old Gordon, the secret to the longevity of the Volvo’s life is partly due to the tough Swedish engineering, but also to regular maintenance. This means an oil change every 3,000 miles and a new transmission fluid every 25,000 miles.

Besides that, the only large problem the Volvo ever had was at the 680,000 mile mark, when the engine had to be rebuilt. After that, it was smooth sailing.

Gordon also says that he hopes to take the car over 3 million mark in the next few years, hopefully just in time for his 73rd birthday. We wish him the best of luck and plenty of safe miles driven in the old Volvo.


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SSC hints at new supercar to dethrone Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

A few years ago, Bugatti received plenty of accolades for building the Veyron, which broke the world’s fastest production car record, achieving 253 mph.

Soon after, SSC (Shelby SuperCars) revealed the Ultimate Aero model (pictured above), which, thanks to its twin-turbo 6.2-liter V8, capable of 1,183 HP, broke that record, achieving 256 mph.

As you all know, a few days ago, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport was revealed, which broke the Aero’s record, achieving 268 mph.

SSC released an official statement, through which it congratulates Bugatti for its impressive effort.

“We would sincerely like to congratulate Bugatti… When the Ultimate Aero broke the record in 2007, we knew it was just a matter of time until it was broken by someone else.”

Still, that doesn’t mean SSC won’t put up a fight, as it continues in the statement to hit at a new supercar, which will be even more powerful than the Ultimate Aero, and take back the world record from the Germans.

“[W]e’ve been working on a new project to debut before the end of the summer. Not much can be said at this time except that we’ll be upping the ante on all fronts. Having famed American designer Jason Castriota as our lead design enables SSC to reflect its engineer and performance in its aesthetics. It’s impossible for us to be more thrilled about having him on board and we’re anxious to show the world what we have up our sleeve.”

So, it seems that design is a done deal, thanks to Castriota, and SSC just needs to upgrade the existing technologies from the Ultimate Aero. Hopefully its engineers will be able to come up with something impressive.

Either way, we’re in for one heck of a battle.


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Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport revealed, breaks world speed record with 268 mph (431 km/h)

What started out as just a rumor is now official, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport high performance edition has been revealed.

The Veyron really broke the mold in terms of hypercars, and was a testament to the engineering (and funding) of both Bugatti and (especially) its parent company, Volkswagen.

Now, as a fitting end to the life cycle of the glorious model, the company has announced the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport.

What’s so great about this new Veyron edition? How about the fact that it upgrades the output of the massive 16-cylinder engine from the already famous 1,001 HP to a whopping 1,200 HP. Throw in a torque rating of 1,106 lb-ft, and you will certainly be experiencing the best of the best.

Why do we say that? In order to really demonstrate the potential of the Veyron Super Sport, Bugatti took the car on the VW test track. There, with German officials and Guiness World Record representatives, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport model achieved a new world speed record for a production model. The value achieved was 267.81 mph or 431.07 km/h.

The Veyron Super Sport, besides the increased output, also boasts other changes, in order to make it resilient to the high speed abuse it will no doubt receive in the hands of customers. As such, an optimized suspension system has been added, while the chassis was strengthened. As a special treat, the skin of the car is made completely out of carbon fiber composites, which can be decorated, at request, with a clear coat that leaves the carbon exposed.

The first five Veyron Super Sport models are part of a World Record edition, boasting the same paint scheme, black exposed carbon and orange finish. Before you reach for that wallet though, they have already been sold out. Still, you can check out the car at the upcoming Pebble Beach Concours, this August.

Until then, you can admire the new hypercar in the photo gallery below.

Photo Gallery: Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport


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Travis Pastrana to jump from pier to barge across 250 feet of water in Subaru rally car

In yet another death-defying jump organized by Red Bull, reputed stunt and rally driver Travis Pastrana will jump a rally-spec Subaru Impreza WRX STi from a pier in Long Beach, California, and attempt to cross over 250 feet of open water in order to land on a barge anchored in the ocean.

The stunt will be part of Red Bull’s New Year, No Limits series of events, and will also be a world record breaking attempt of jumping in a rally car. The current record is held by none other than Pastrana’s teammate, Ken Block, which jumped 171 feet.

“It ought to be a pretty cool thing. I just hope they get me back to the party after I land on the barge,” Pastrana revealed in an interview. “Even more, I hope I’m not swimming. I’ve been a pretty good boy. I’ve been out of the water since then. Hopefully I’ll stay out of the water this time.”

All we can do is tune in at New Year on ESPN, which will be on the scene with live reports of the stunt. Hopefully everything will go alright and Pastrana will continue to amaze us with other record attempts.


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Here’s the world’s fastest hydrogen-powered vehicle, over 300 mph/484 km/h

Here's the world's fastest hydrogen-powered vehicle, over 300 mph/484 km/h

If there’s one thing which really detracts people from buying hybrids and hydrogen-powered vehicles, that would be the performance. Many people really want to feel a rush when they hit the gas, no matter what their fuel efficiency might dictate. But how about this project from a team of engineers from the Ohio State University, which has just set the world record for the fastest hydrogen-powered vehicle with a speed of over 300 mph / 484 km/h.

The project first started as a join effort between the engineers at Ohio State University and the ones from Ford. After creating the Fusion 999 model, which set the record of 207 mph, the Ford guys decided to leave the team and apply the knowledge for their parent company. The students however decided to stick with it, and achieve the goal of doing 300 mph with a hydrogen-powered vehicle.

As such, the Buckeye Bullet 2 was born. It was then taken to the famous Bonneville salt flats in order to set the new world record. The two runs needed to properly set the record registered an average of 303.025 mph (487.671 kph), for the flying kilometer of road traveled, and 302.877 mph (487.433 kph) for the flying mile. The fastest speed recorded during the training runs was an even bigger 489 km/h, but couldn’t be set as a record.

Even though we can’t expect future hydrogen cars to overtake us on the highway at those dizzying speeds, it’s good to known that the technology is there and maybe it will be adapted for normal use. Enjoy the video with the world breaking run.


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New World Record: 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa sells for $12.2 million

With only 22 units built between 1957 and 1958, the Scaglietti designed ‘pontoon-fender’ 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa is one of rarest cars ‘alive’ and that means that whoever owns one owns a small fortune. Because the model you see pictured above, the fourth one ever built and the second customer car was sold this weekend for an incredible amount of money, €9,020,000 (about $12.2 million) at the RM Auctions’ third annual Ferrari Leggenda e Passione event, setting a new world record for the most expensive car ever sold at auction. The 9 million paid for the ’57 Ferrari is €1,980,000 ($2.6 million) more than the previous record, which was set around this time last year, at the same event, when a 1961 Ferrari California Spyder was sold for €7,040,000 (around $9.5 million).


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Video: Guy holding back Lamborghini with his bare hands

According to this video’s description on StreetFire, this guy broke the world record by holding back a Lamborghini for seven seconds. Actually, there were two Lambos because one broke down. I don’t know why, but I don’t really believe this is for real. Anyway, if it is, congrats to the dude, he did a great job. Enjoy!

Man Holds Lamborghini


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Bloodhound SSC car to break 1,000 mph?

On October 15, 1997, the ThrustSSC, driven by RAF pilot Andy Green, broke the land speed record, being clocked at 1,228 km/h (763 mph). It was also the first car to break the sound barrier. Now, more than 10 years after, Richard Noble and Andy Green are hoping to break the record again, by doing 1,000 mph (Mach 1.4) in this, the Bloodhound SSC. This will also exceed the low altitude speed record for aircraft, currently at 994 mph. A scale model of the 42-foot, 6-ton car was unveiled today at London’s Science Museum, and the team is currently looking to raise the £10 million ($16 million) they need for the project.

According to the team, the primary goal of the project is to “inspire future generations to take up careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by showcasing these subjects in the most exciting way possible.” Riiight! Actually, who cares that they want to build a car quicker than a fighter jet? For more details on the Bloodhound project, check out their official website.

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Blind Belgian goes 192 mph, breaks world record

Luc Costermans, a 48 year Belgian, was blinded in an accident four years ago, however this hasn’t stopped him from achieving an impressive performance. He recently broke the world blind road speed record, on an airstrip near Marseille, France, by driving up to 192 mph (308.78 km/h) in a Lamborghini Gallardo. Until Luc, the record was held by Mike Newman, from the UK, who was clocked 166 mph (268 km/h) three years ago, in a BMW M5 and who already announced that he plans on breaking Luc’s record, in a Keating TKR.

Mr. Costermans, who was helped by his co-pilot, Guillaume Roman, dedicated this achievemnt to F1 driver Philippe Streiff, who has been a tetraplegic since 1989, when he suffered a severe accident in a Grand Prix in Brazil. This isn’t the Belgian’s first performance of this kind, two years ago he completed a tour of France piloting a light aeroplane, accompanied by an instructor and a navigator. It’s always a pleasure to see that handicapped people, often outcasts in our society, manage to overcome themselves and achieve great things, like Luc did. Big congrats to him! And here’s a video of his new world record.


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World’s largest parade of Mitsubishi Evos

This weekend, at Castle Combe Racing Circuit in Wiltshire, England, MLR (Mitsubishi Lancer Register) has set a new world record for the largest parade of Mitsubishi Evos. Though less than expected, 273 Evos , grouped by color, drove for 2 miles at constant speed and managed to brake the record and also raise £7,459.27 for the Richard Burns Foundation, with a big support from Mitsubishi Motors UK.

The record was confirmed by Buiness World Records and Darin Frow, the MLR Chairman said that “it has taken a small team of MLR members a huge amount of time and effort over the last year to pull this World Record attempt together, but to see it finally come to life on Saturday was incredible [..] Everyone involved had a great day and to see so many Evos on track all at once whilst history was in the making was truly spectacular. We were delighted with the support we received from Mitsubishi UK and for their generous contribution to our chosen charity.”

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Mercedes-Benz sets new world record

We just got news that Mercedes found its way into the Guiness World Records Book. And this might seem a little strange, but it didn’t do that by fitting their cars with some extraordinary technology or breaking some speed record. No, they created the world’s largest man-made tornado, in the Mercedes museum in Stuttgart. The spectacular twister rises 113 feet (or 34 metres) into the air and it was designed as a safety feature to suck smoke out of the mus­eum in the event of a fire.

The installation, created by German designer Rudiger Detzer, is made up of 144 air nozzles, which are used to create the giant extractor fan at the top of the building. The vortex is only visible when a smoke machine is placed at the bottom of the air stream.


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