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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.
We could only imagine what Chevrolet was thinking about the Camaro ZL1 when the specs for the much more powerful Ford GT500 were released. Of course, Chevrolet took the high road of taking credit for inspiring the GT500′s power, but on the Internet, Ford vs. Chevrolet fanatics raged war as each came to the defense of their brand.
And then there’s this video. Quite possibly one of the top 10 best things on YouTube. Some very talented and clearly comedic individual took a clip out of the 2004 film Downfall, laid some cleverly written subtitles on it and Hitler suddenly does a fantastic job playing Chevrolet.
You see, Hitler’s all excited about debuting the Camaro ZL1 at the Los Angeles Auto Show, thinking it’s done a fine job besting the 550-hp GT500. Oh wait, the GT500 has 650-hp? Uh oh. Hilarity ensues and the references to Internet culture are abundant from thread size references to mocking Michael Bay and his Transformers movies. And of course you can’t end any video making fun of Chevrolet without jabbing the Volt.
Watch the hilarious video after the break – warning for subtitle language.
[Source: The Smoking Tire]