New World Speed Record 2401.1 mph!!!

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  1. coopdog macrumors 6502a

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    "2003 Guinness Book Of World Records" Quote:

    "A McLaren F1 driven by Andy Wallace (UK) at the volkswagen Proving Ground, Wolfsburg, Germany, on March 31 1998, reached 2401.1 mph, a world record for a standard production car."

    Someone needs to know how to use decimals.
     
  2. MrMacMan macrumors 604

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    I might be out of it, but I don't see anything wrong with that...
    2401.1 MPH is pritty fast man... :cool:
     
  3. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    I think the point is that a Mc F1 cannot go 2401.1mph, the decimal is in the wrong place, it should be 240.11mph (which I think is about right, it is supposed to do 240mph). :)
     
  4. coopdog thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The land speed record is held by "The Blue Flame" (631.367 mph). "The Blue Flame" is a rocket powered car. The fastest Wheel driven car speed record is (409.986 mph). The McLaren F1 is a wheel driven car so there is now way it went 2401.1 mph. It went (386.7 km/h).
     
  5. MrMacMan macrumors 604

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    Ah...
    Now i thought 2000+ MPH was feasible...
    *slowly passes drugs along*
    Too much for me. ;)
    Edit: I don't really take drugs.
     
  6. G4scott macrumors 68020

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    I wish my Ford Escort could go that fast... Either 240.11 or 2401.1 mph. Either way, I'd be pleased... The only thing is that at either speed, I think the car would easily become airborne...
     
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    I wish my Ford Escort could go that fast... Either 240.11 or 2401.1 mph. Either way, I'd be pleased... The only thing is that at either speed, I think the car would easily become airborne...

    Heh. You could always hook up a couple of JATO's to it....Then the urban legend would be true. WHOOOOOOOOOSHHHH!!! :D :D :D
     
  9. orangedv macrumors member

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    What's fastest..

    The land speed record is held by "The Blue Flame" (631.367 mph). "The Blue Flame" is a rocket powered car. The fastest Wheel driven car speed record is (409.986 mph). The McLaren F1 is a wheel driven car so there is now way it went 2401.1 mph. It went (386.7 km/

    Naaaaa, Thrust 2 (another British car) kicked Blue Flame's arse a few years back, broke the sound barrier and sent a sonic boom across the desert.

    The Mclaren is top of the pile right now on the road, but watch out for the new Bugatti (complete with 2 colour bodywork) THAT machine is a road car with 1000 BHP.
     
  10. funkywhat2 macrumors 6502a

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    Sure you don't....:D
     
  11. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    I'll take the Banks Project Sidewinder Dakota diesel truck that can tow most record attempt vehicles to the track, and still be quick enough to go operate as a chase vehicle at 222.139 MPH.
     
  12. Knox Administrator

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    Re: What's fastest..

    That was the Thrust SSC actually, Thrust 2 was faster than The Blue Flame but only just - it got 633mph.

    The Guiness World Records 2003 is a little confused when it comes to the fastest cars. It lists the Blue Flame under the "Fastest Cars" section but also lists the "Official Land-Speed Record" as a separate record, which is the Thrust SSC at 763mph.
     
  13. cubist macrumors 68020

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    Yes, the McLaren F1 is a "standard production car"....

    ... altho that production is not a very great volume, since the price is around $900,000 USD. The production volume of most "standard production cars" is a little higher, and the price is a little lower.

    I think you can get a Lotus Esprit for about $90,000 (1/10 the price of the F1) and it will go about 170MPH. If you've just got to hit that magic 200MPH, though, you're going to have to pay a lot more. Also you can't drive those speeds on just any old "road". Few US highways are smooth enough for much more than 100MPH.
     
  14. mcrain macrumors 68000

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    Re: Re: What's fastest..

    Another topic up my alley. As a former Aero Engineer...

    The land speed record is different from the fastest cars section because the land speed record is held by what is essentially a supersonic aircraft with wing surfaces designed to keep the craft on the ground.
     
  15. Knox Administrator

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    Re: Re: Re: What's fastest..

    Yeah, quite true... although in that case the Blue Flame shouldn't be in the fastest cars bit.
     
  16. Les Kern macrumors 68040

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    Fastest production Pinto:
    My 1972 2-Door Runabout that hit 140.45 mph when the parking brake failed while parked at the Grand Canyon. It was in the papers, but Guinness took a pass.
     
  17. Will Jones macrumors member

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    Re: What's fastest..

    [​IMG]
    http://www.fantasycars.com/derek/cars/164veyron.html

    Sends chills down my spine.
     
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    It probably wouldn't look to good if it hit anything either:(
     
  20. wdlove macrumors P6

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    Russ Wicks carved his name into the "2003 Guinness Book Of World Records" as the driver of the fastest propeller-driven boat in history. Wicks piloted the Miss Freei unlimited hydroplane across the one-mile section of Lake Washington with an average speed of 205.494 mph. The record run ended the longest-standing major speed record in motorsports history.

    http://www.russwicks.com/
     
  21. jefhatfield Retired

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    what is the fastest car off the lot that is not a special order item like a ferarri f-40 or jaguar 220?

    super trivia facts calls the ferrari f-60 the fastest road car but there is no top speed listed and i don't know if it's a car that is a production car that one can buy from a dealership off the lot

    would it be the acura nsx, a dodge viper, or a porsche 911 derivative, or a new camaro?
     
  22. sturm375 macrumors 6502

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    Dodge Viper

    I am not sure the Dodge Viper is special order, but domestically this car blows away all the rest, according to the articles I've read.
     
  23. jefhatfield Retired

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    Re: Dodge Viper

    when i went into the ferrari dealiership some years ago, i saw an f-40 but it was one that someone had ordered and it was not a production car that would be made unless someone ordered it first...like some models of a bentley

    the dealership was just showing it off until that person picked it up...but the regular for sale, already produced ferraris were there, and not nearly as fast or agile as the dealer mentioned

    but a lot cheaper and more practical

    the custom f-40 had no carpeting in it, no ashtray, no radio, no glove compartment...and only brake lights and turn indicators

    otherwise, it looked just like some car off the racetrack
     
  24. hvfsl macrumors 68000

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    You poor Americans can't drive much above 60mph. Go to Germany where there is no speed limit on the straight bits of the autoban. I know someone who has gone 200Mph on it in a porsche.

    Also because of a stupid law you Americans are passing, it means the end of the sports/super car, since the cars have to be designed in future so that people don't die if they do not wear a seat belt. Which means cars will look like vans or buses. The car makers are not going to make one car for Europe and one for the US, they use standard designs on super cars. They make cars that take into account laws from all the countires they are run in.
     

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