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After stripping Bugatti of the title for the fastest production car in the world, Guinness World Records has flip-flopped and confirmed that the title does rightfully belong to the Veyron Super Sport.
Students and teachers at the Automobile Engineering Course of Okayama Sanyo High School in Asakuchi, Japan have created the world’s lowest roadworthy car. Continue Reading…
Some entries in the Guinness Book of World Records are stupid. In fact most of them are. They encourage people to do things like grow their fingernails to almost three feet long. The record in this story is stupid too, but at least its really cool.
Infiniti already claims the new M35h is the world’s quickest hybrid with a 0-62 mph time of 5.5 seconds. Now the Japanese luxury automaker can add one more performance credential to the car’s list: the Guinness World Record for the fastest hybrid.
The certification was given after auto journalist Tim Pollard of CAR Magazine piloted the luxury hybrid sedan down the 1/4 mile drag course at the UK’s Santa Pod strip, setting an average time between the runs of 13.9031. Pollard’s best run clocked just 13.8960, with all trap speeds above 100 mph.
The M35h is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine making 302-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, mated to an electric motor that adds 67-hp more. Plus, with all this performance, Infiniti claims a 27-mpg city rating and 29-mpg highway.
GALLERY: Infiniti M35h Guinness World Record Run
Kia Motors is participating in an 8,000 mile trip with the 2011 Optima Hybrid sedan in an effort to break the Guinness World Record for the lowest fuel consumption in a hybrid car.
Drivers Wayne Gerdes and Chris Bernius will drive through 48 states in 16 days. Both drivers are experienced fuel economy drivers and the 2011 Optima Hybrid is bone stock, in accordance to Guinness’ strict rules. The Optima set off from Kia’s plant in West Point, Georgia on August 26 and is scheduled to conclude its drive on September 10 in South Carolina.
“Fuel economy is becoming increasingly important to car buyers all around the world, and the Kia Optima Hybrid is one of our latest models to address this consumer requirement,” Senior Executive Vice President & COO of Kia Motors Corporation Thomas Oh, said.
Currently, the Guinness World Record for lowest fuel consumption in a hybrid car was set in October 2010 using a Toyota Auris Hybrid. Amazingly, the Toyota covered 307.58 miles while only using 4.53 gallons of fueling, achieving 67.89 mpg.
GALLERY: Kia Optima
[Source: Left Lane News]
Go ahead and raise your hand if you’ve made a ridiculous bet while out drinking with a few of your friends. Admit it, we all have and most of the time we never follow through and just hope everyone else forgot about the night before. But not Li Guiwen. This army driver from Beijing stuck to his word after making a drinking bet with buddies. The bet? To set a world record by driving across two rows of beer bottles for close to 200 feet.
It took eight minutes and 28 seconds for the imitation Toyota Camry to set the record, as Guiwen steered across 1,798 bottles. And apparently this isn’t the first time Guiwen has attempted to set the record. Back in 2009, he made an attempt, but due to the rain the vehicle slipped off the bottle track. “Since the failure last year, I have been training constantly,” Guiwen said.
We find it more entertaining that a bunch of people had to consume those 1,798 beer bottles for this achievement – and wonder how many more silly bets were made during that process. Let’s hope Guiwen didn’t make any attempts under the influence, eh?
[Source: Orange News]
Bugatti has done it again, setting a new record for the world’s fastest production car at an astonishing 267.81 mph. That time gives Bugatti back the title, after the original Veyron’s 253.81 mph speed was topped by upstart American supercar maker SSC with its 256.12 mph run.
Official test diver Pierre Henri Raphanel set the record attempt on Volkswagen‘s official Ehra-Lessian high-speed test track, with both the Guinness book of records and the German Technical Inspection Agency (TÜV) there to record the feat.
The car used is the new Super Sport model, a more powerful version of the Veyron, boasting 1,200-hp and a modified aero kit.
According to Guinness rules, the car made two runs (265.9 and 269.8 mph), which are then averaged out for the 267.81 mph speed. Production models won’t, however, be quite as fast, with their top speed limited to “just” 257.9-mph.
Bugatti will build a limited edition number of the Super Sport models, with the first five receiving the same black carbon fiber and orange paint scheme. The new car will go on display for the first time at Pebble Beach in August.
GALLERY: Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport World Record
Official release after the jump:
Several weeks ago we reported that Subaru of America was looking to set a Guinness World Record for the longest parade of Subarus and over the weekend they achieved that goal. Organized by Subaru of America’s Great Lakes Region and the Village of Itasca, Illinois, the chain of Subys stretched a total of 339 cars.
Yup, that’s a lot of turbocharged boxer engines and a total of 1,356 all-wheel drive wheels.
For achieving their goal, as promised, Subaru’s Great Lakes Region made a donation of $3,500 each to PAWS Chicago and Salute, Inc.
See the official Guinness posting below:
[Photo Credit: Drive Magazine]
Official release after the jump:
Subaru of America is looking to set a Guinness World Record for the largest parade of Subys… er, Subies… um, Barus? And its reaching out to fanatical, AWD, boxer engine owners to help.
Subaru and the Subaru Great Lakes Region is asking owners from all over the country to meet on July 11 at 500 Park Boulevard in Itasca, Illinois.
The parade coincides with Itasca Fest, an annual fun for the whole family event that includes live entertainment, carnival rides and kids games.
Participants will receive a gift bag (one per car) and Subaru’s Great Lakes Region will donate $15 per car (to a maximum of $7,000) to PAWS Chicago and Salute, Inc. And knowing how fanatical Subaru owners are, they should probably just write the $7,000 check now.
Any Subaru owners interested in participating are asked to register here:
[Photo Credit: PicassaWeb]
Official release after the jump: