Chinese racing driver Anthony Liu, has driven a Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse at Volkswagen’s Ehra-Lessien proving ground, clocking 408.84 km/h – or…
It was one the biggest reality TV moments of our generation, however the 7.5 million concurrent viewers on YouTube yesterday was still well short of the estimated 500 million people who watched the first manned mission to land on the Moon in 1969.
When in 1969 Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the Moon and said “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind”, Felix Baumgartner was just 3 months old. Who would have thought that 43 years later the Austrian skydiver would be making the biggest leap any man has made when he attempts a supersonic freefall from 120,000 ft (almost 36km) this afternoon.
I can’t decide what to be more impressed by, the predictable trajectory of golfer Jake Shepherd’s swing, or former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard’s ability to spot the ball while driving at 120 mph in the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster.
In building the ideal record breaking vehicle we probably wouldn’t start with a truck. Neither would we choose a Volvo. Or fit it with a hybrid powerplant. But when we hear it’s called ‘Mean Green’, perhaps we need to take a closer look at its performance credentials and find out what it can do.
If you’ve been following the Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) in recent years, then you’ll be aware of world-renowned driver ‘Monster’ Nobuhiro Tajima who has held the climb record since 2007, with a time of 10:01.408.
Earlier this year if you remember, Finland’s four-time world rally champion Juha Kankkunen drove a Bentley Continental Supersports convertible at 205.48 mph on the frozen Baltic Sea, off the coast of Finland. Another day in the office you might say, for someone who’s lived on the edge of mortal danger throughout most of his career.
As the 81st Geneva Motor Show gets underway, Bentley announces today its most potent and radically styled convertible ever – the 202mph (325km/h) Supersports ‘Ice Speed Record’ convertible.
Just a fortnight ago four-time World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen, set a new World Ice Speed Record in a Bentley Continental Supersports convertible on the hazardous frozen waters of the Baltic Sea, off the coast of Finland. He reached a breathtaking 205.48 mph (330.695 km/h) in the Conti Supersports, breaking his own 2007 record of 199.83 mph (321.6 km/h) set in a Continental GT coupe at the same location.
It says a lot about Bentley as a brand that in the space of 7 days we’ve been talking about their association with the new James Bond novel, Carte Blanche, then just a few days later their achievement in setting a new World Ice Speed Record. How many car companies can you say that about?
Peugeot’s EX1 Concept car has already set several records in France during September and has continued its record breaking streak in China. The Chinese city of Chengdu was the location Peugeot chose to improve its world acceleration record set for an alternative fuel vehicle.
Bugatti’s Super Sport has reached nearly 270 mph, but so what? Is it 6 times as good as a Ferrari 458?
Bugatti’s new Veyron Super Sport sets world record