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 |  Mar 28 2012, 6:32 PM

If it weren’t so loud and socially inappropriate, this Chevrolet Camaro’s exhaust roar would make a great ringtone. Then again, being loud and offensive is why it’s cool.

In any case, the video below shows Late Model Racecraft’s project F-body Camaro hitting 253.1 mph after smoking its tires. The intro is set to a remixed version of the instrumentals from Metallica’s “The Unforgiven,” which electrifies the already vicious video.

If you’re a fan of the loud, the agressive, the muscular cars that command attention both in person and on film then this video is for you.

What’s especially nice is how we see and hear the car roaring up to the stated speed from the cabin instead of a bunch of boring trackside angles with the car blowing past.

We spoke to Josh Ledford, co-owner of Late Model Racecraft, who told us that the Camaro in the video recently rated 1,800 horsepower on 28 lbs of boost. In the standing mile video the car was only running 22 pounds from its 82 mm twin turbos which force air down the throat of an LSX Talldeck performance engine.

“I think we were having trouble with our boost controller that day,” he said. “We ran 250 [mph] four times that day, back to back to back. I think we’re the only people to do that.”

Watch the video below and see for yourself.

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 |  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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 |  Apr 27 2010, 5:43 PM

Texas Mile NF

Well, now one guy has cause to point and laugh at all those idiots who plunked down $1.6 million for their Bugatti Veyron’s. The Hoffman Motorsports / Heffner Performance that just this year set a 252 mph standing mile record at the Texas Mile has done it again. At the, Exotics Rally Miami One Mile, this past weekend, they cranked up the boost from a pedestrian 26 psi in Texas to an unbelievable 41 psi, bringing the total output of this particular Ford to 1,900hp, and propelling the Yellow GT to a new standing mile record at 266.93 mph, and officially sealing the deal for me that the Ford GT is truly the ultimate tuner car.

Video after the jump.

Source [Exotics Rally]

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 |  Apr 09 2010, 11:03 AM

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Over four years ago, AMS shocked the world taking a Mitsubishi EVO VIII and setting all sorts of new records with it. Back then it eclipsed the mid-to-low 9-second mark on the drag strip and a couple of years later they bested all the marks with a new world record at 8.42 @ 168.7 mph. The car then went on to break horsepower records dropping 1,181 all wheel horsepower. So everyone had to ask, what was left for this straight-line bullet to achieve in the record books? Well, why not the world’s fastest standing mile for a four-cylinder? And that’s exactly what AMS did with their EVO at The Texas Mile a few weeks back, breaking yet another world record and going 228 mph.

It wasn’t all that happened that fateful run however. It seemed as if the car itself knew that there was very little left it could achieve after four years of dominating all sorts of records. The car unfortunately catches fire and driver Eric Jones wisely bails himself out of a vehicle that had just gone close to 230 mph. While it seems very tragic that AMS’ EVO VIII was on fire, we’re sure deep down the boys over there are looking forward to building something new. We know we all are, after four years of watching this one succeed.

Make sure to check out the in-car video of this record-setting Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII after the jump:

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