This weekend’s Texas Mile event saw a heavily modified Ford GT from M2K Motorsports hit 293.6 mph, the latest in a round of standing mile and other events where a Ford GT comes to dominate everyone. The old Ford GT is, in my opinion, now the fastest car in the world. Having been to the Texas Mile and other events the Ford GT seems to be the fastest way to standing mile glory. There’s the M2K Motorsports car, crazy Johnny Bohmer’s slippery NASA GT allegedly street legal car, and any number of other GTs so fast they have to seriously worry about bird-strike. Many of you would argue for a Nissan GT-R and I would say, yeah, a Nissan GT-R is pretty quick, but the fastest standing-mile time I’ve seen for a GT-R is this one running about 260 mph. And the Bugatti Veyron? An incredible engineer achievement, but to get that speed you need a giant straight and banked circuit with a 120 mph running start. Could one make a Veyron faster in a standing mile? Probably, but the … [Read more...] about The Old Ford GT Is Actually The Fastest Car In The World
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The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is dead, but that doesn’t mean the company has given up on high-performance models designed for drag racing. Just the opposite as Dodge has unveiled the 2019 Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320. Named after the quarter-mile distance in feet, the Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 has a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine that produces 485 hp (361 kW / 491 PS) and 475 lb-ft (643 Nm) of torque. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with a class-exclusive TransBrake. While the engine carries over from the Challenger R/T Scat Pack, the 1320 has an assortment of components specifically designed for drag racing. These include an asymmetrical limited-slip differential, 41-spline rear axle half shafts and an adaptive damping suspension with a drag mode that “optimizes weight transfer to the rear for best launch traction.” The car also has launch assist, launch control and line lock. Lastly, the model rides on 20-inch forged aluminum wheels that … [Read more...] about 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 Unveiled As Fastest Naturally Aspirated Muscle Car
The Dodge Demon doesn't strike us as a muscle car much in need of a performance makeover. After all, this 840-horsepower MoPar machine's voracious quest for straight-line speed means it trims weight by jettisoning everything from a front passenger seat and rear seat, to its stereo and all carpeting in the trunk. The folks at Hennessey apparently think that's not nearly extreme enough. So, the Texas-based tuning outfit has turned the Demon into a 1,035-horsepower mega beast that runs a quarter-mile in 9.14 seconds at 152 mph. That's fast, really fast. In fact, the HPE1000 is now the world's fastest Dodge Demon, having set its record-setting pace at Lonestar Motorsports Park on May 8. "The 2018 Demon is a street-legal rocket from Dodge, but we wanted to take the car's impressive track times to an industry leading level." said president and company founder, John Hennessey. For comparison, the stock Dodge Demon is credited with running the quarter-mile in 9.65 seconds at 140 mph. The … [Read more...] about Hennessey Dodge Demon sets hellishly fast quarter-mile time
Ford Performance claims its 2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet will rocket down a quarter-mile faster than the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon by more than a second, but it won’t be able to taunt anyone past the exit sign to the drag strip. Its monstrous supercharged 5.2-liter Coyote V8 won’t be street legal. But with a name like “Cobra Jet,” it’s not like this thing has to be street legal. The name itself is scary enough to keep people from coming back through the track gates and into the Cobra Jet’s legal territory. The Cobra Jet has been a thing since 1968, just four years after the first Mustang came around in 1964. That makes this year its 50th anniversary, and Ford wants to celebrate with 68 turnkey Mustang race cars designed to be NHRA legal and terrifyingly powerful. They’ll just have to be brought into the track on a hauler. All 68 of the Cobra Jets will have the supercharged Coyote V8 that looks like it’s about to claw its way out of … [Read more...] about The 2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Will Do An Eight-Second Quarter Mile
Drivers take turn 11 at Circuit of the Americas pretty slowly. It’s tight, and they’ll only hit about 60 miles per hour, depending on the car. Then they’ll charge down the main straight, a three-quarters-of-a-mile descent that lets the right machine clear 200. As I stand in the grandstands before turn 12, a black-and-gold racecar quickly fills my field of view. It’s Texas-hot in Austin today, close to 90 and humid, but the car brings a wind with it. The wind is made of noise. Fans come to Formula One races for this kind of sensory experience. When the series spun up in 1946, following the exhaustive end of World War II, fantastic machines replaced the terrifying cacophony of bombs with the joyful chorus of speed-linked sound. Over the years, millions of fans have swarmed the edges of racetracks to hear F1’s roar. But you don’t just hear an F1 engine. You feel it. As the car flies by the grandstand, the concussive wave emanating from its eight … [Read more...] about How will Formula One reckon with electric cars?