As of today, the Hennessey Venom GT is the fastest production car in the world, reaching a speed of 265.7 MPH on a military airfield in California. According to John Hennessey, president and founder, “Even though a Bugatti Veyron has run 267.8 mph (430.9 km/h) the company limits the top speed to 258 mph (415 km/h),” thus leaving the ambiguous award of fastest production car to Hennessey. Gentlemen, start your engines.
Ferrari has released its 2012 Formula One car and while it’s certainly an evolution from last year, it’s definitely a study in function over form. Simply put, Ferrari’s new 7-speed carbon fiber race machine is not built for beauty (platypus snout?), but for speed. Driver Felipe Massa and team placed 7th at the time trials in Italy earlier this week. Redbull placed first.
Brit Richard Brown’s jet propelled motorcycle has been engineered solely for the purpose of breaking the world’s land speed record, currently held by American Rocky Robinson at 337 mph. The modern day Howard Hughes machine has 1250 horsepower (about 3 Ford Mustangs), but instead of 12 wheels, it only has 2. The real question is: Who designed his helmet?
Team FXDD’s Ferrari 458 Challenge will debut in Daytona Beach Florida, with new gear ratios, higher torque at lower revs, stiffer springs, thinner body and paneling, and 1.6G of lateral grip. It was already a mind-blowing machine and record setting rocket. Don’t blink, or it will blow right by.
BMW research and development team is deep into polymer fabric capable of reading touch. Works like this. You want to increase the lumbar support in your seat? Swipe the fabric behind your back. Open the glove? Gesture across the dash. Bond. So Bond.
Mercedes is touting the next Siri a (cue buzzwords and drum roll) “telematic” augmented reality assistant, integrated into the windshield with audio-visual tour guide and geographical points of interest chaperon. 10 and 2 people, 10 and 2.