Home / Auto News / News article: Ford GT Sets New Standing Mile Sprint Record at 257 MPH - AutoGuide.com News
 |  Mar 27 2012, 8:32 AM

257 miles per hour is fast. Hitting 257 mph in one mile from a standing start is just crazy.

The standing mile is a test of machine to see just how fast a car can go, within the confines of exactly one mile. The previous standing mile record was set at 223 mph, by a 2006 Ford GT. This past weekend the record was broken, by another Ford GT, which hit a top speed of 257.7 mph in one mile.

The Ford GT in question was tuned by aftermarket company Hennessy, and ran the standing mile with a twin-turbocharged 5.4 liter V8. The exact horsepower is not known for the car, but John Hennessy said at the event, “2000hp is a pretty safe bet.”

The GT ran in the street legal class, making it that much more impressive that a road ready car could hit those kinds of harrowing speeds.

Also running at the Texas standing mile, among others, was a fourth generation Camaro. The Camaro pulled off an impressive 253.1 mph standing mile run. Not quite enough to best the GT, but not bad at all.

Watch the videos below of the Ford GT and the Camaro running the standing mile.

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[Source: Fox News]