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Guinness World Records: fast and furious cars

March, 2014

Everyone loves a fast car. The end of 2013 brought forth a cacophony of blogs listing the usual fastest cars, most expensive cars, shiniest cars of the year. Here at John Hughes, we thought we’d join in on the listing fun with something a little bit different.

From the fastest tyre change to fastest drive blindfolded and fastest police car in service… Start your engines please, for our (very non-definitive) list of fast car Guinness World Records.

Fastest car on land

The Thrust SSC Budweiser rocket car

Image source: Wikipedia

The fastest recorded land-speed is 1,227.985 km/h. And just in case you were wondering – the driver broke the sound barrier. The record was broken in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada USA by Andy Green back in 1997.

The car in question is named the Thrust SSC (pictured above) and was the first car ever to break the sound barrier. The Thrust SSC is a rocket car powered by two Rolls-Royce Spey 202 jet engines generating 222 kN of thrust. That’s a whole lot of power.

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Fastest wheel change on a saloon car

The fastest tyre change award goes to four German mechanics, which completed the feat in just 1 minute and 42.28 seconds. The mechanics are employees of A.T.U Auto-Teile-Unger, a workshop in Weiden, Germany.

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Fastest speed for a car driven blindfolded

Mike Newman in front of the Porsche GT2

Image source: Flat Sixes

The fastest speed for a car driven blindfolded is a whopping 299.53km/h. The drive was Mike Newman, behind the wheel of a Porsche GT2 (pictured above). The record was set in September 2013 in Leicestershire, UK.

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Fastest police car in service


The 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 police car

Image source: Concept Cars blog

This super speedy police car is a 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4. The machine has a top speed of 370km/h and a power output of 372kW. A lucky 30 policemen and women will be allowed to drive the car after undertaking special training.

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Fastest electric car

The Buckeye Bullet 2

Image source: Engadget

 The highest average speed from an electric vehicle is 487.672 km/h. The Buckeye Bullet 2 was designed and built by engineering students at The Ohio State University, USA.

By the way, we wrote a blog post on electric car batteries a few weeks back – check it out here to learn all about current innovation in the EV battery industry.

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Fastest car window opened by a dog

A clever border collie by the name of Striker unwound a car window in just 11.34 seconds. Striker, trained by Francis V Gadassi (Hungary), used his paw and nose to perform the task, checking his progress along the way. Think your dog can beat that?

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Fastest amphibious car

The WaterCar Python

Image source: Carscoops

For the uninitiated, an amphibious vehicle is one that can drive on land and water. The WaterCar Python is the fastest amphibious vehicle in the world, with a top speed of 96km on water. The engine is based on the LS Corvette power train and prices start from a cool $200,000.

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Who knew, right? In case you were wondering, the fastest car in 2014 goes to the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. It’s packing a W16 Narrow Angle eight litre engine giving it acceleration from zero to 97km/h in 2.4 seconds.


Would you be game to get behind the wheel of one of these fast cars? 

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