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The 2003-2006 Ford GT is one of America’s proudest super cars. Its sleek, low profile design gives it a sense of being exotic while there’s no mistaking the American muscle that powers it. From the factory it came equipped with a 5.4L V8 with a Lysholm twin screw-type supercharger producing 550-hp and 500 ft-lbs of torque. With an MSRP in the mid-$100,000′s, it’s hard to imagine there would be many of these prowling on the streets, never mind modified ones. But modified ones there are, and Performance Power Racing is taking top honors with its 1,400-hp Ford GT that recently set a production car world record.
You see, the Ford GT has a top speed of 200 MPH off the assembly line. Performance Power Racing in South Florida wanted to take that above and beyond. They claim that their Ford GT went from the previous top speed of 200 mph to 252.97 mph in merely 7.3 seconds with the aid of a pair of turbochargers forcing 26 psi into the V8.
And just like that a record is set and for those not fortunate enough have witnessed it (we definitely weren’t!) there’s a video after the break.
According to a just-released German police report, a driver died at a Volkswagen test track earlier this week. The man’s name was not released, but the report did say that we was a 42-year-old Brazilian. The accident occurred at VW’s Ehra-Lessien test track near the German automaker’s head offices in Wolfsburg. The track is an extensive facility with many different areas and 60 miles of paved roads, and is the location where Volkswagen’s Bugatti division recorded a top speed run of 253 mph in the Veyron supercar (pictured above).
According to the German police the unnamed test driver lost control of his vehicle during a sudden downpour. He managed to stop it without incident but was then hit by another out-of-control vehicle on the same track. The impact trapped the driver and he succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The other driver, a 27-year-old, was taken to Wolfsburg hospital with serious injuries.
The German police and Volkswagen officials are investigating the incident.
750hp G-Power BMW M5 HURRICANE RS sets new record
BMW Tuner G-Power has just announced that during recent testing at the Papenburg test track in Germany, its 750hp twin-supercharged HURRICANE RS M5 set a new WORLD RECORD for the fastest sedan.
With a stop speed of 367.5 km/h (228.4 mph) the Hurricane eclipsed the Mercedes CLS-based Brabus Rocket, which set a speed of 365.7 km/h (227.2 mph).
The Hurricane RS is a slightly more powerful version of the standard production Hurricane with 750hp versus 730hhp. The gain was made by raising boost pressure in both ASA superchargers from 10.1 lbs to 11.6 lbs.
According to G-Power CEO and engineer Christian Stöber, the
Hurricane is capable of topping its own record as boost can be raised as high as 14.5 lbs. “We are curious if this will be necessary…” reads the end of the company’s press release, a definite challenge to the boys at Brabus.
While this new record is certain to help G-Power sell more vehicles, most likely in places like Dubai, the speed record won’t be possible in the production cars because they will not be equipped with the gearing necessary to do so. Brabus does, however, offer the Rocket to customers with longer gears. Regardless, unless those customers own their own airstrip, 220-plus mph speed runs are unlikely.
Official press release after the jump: