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Fastest Car In The World: The Hennessey Venom GT AT 270.49MPH!
The Hennessey Venom GT hit 270.49mph at the Kennedy Space Center on February 14th, thus becoming the fastest production car in the world by beating the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport’s previous record of 269.86 mph.
Bugatti and Hennessey has been fighting for the crown for quite some time now, and while this round goes to America, we all know car makers will only stop when people’s heads are starting to explode. After all, the game has been on since 1894.
The Venom GT managed to reach 265.7 mph (427.6 km/h) before running out of room on the 2.9 mile long runway at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California back on February 9th, 2013.
Almost exactly a year later, they tried their luck at the Kennedy Space Central’s landing strip and according to Top Gear, the resulting numbers were astonishing: 270.49 mph.
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Source: Mate Petrany, Jalopnik.com
Lamborghini Hurcan Configurator Is Ready For Your Italian Fantasies
The Lamborghini Huracán might be one of the most anticipated cars to come out of Sant’Agata since the launch of its predecessor, the Gallardo. While we’re stuck waiting to drive the V10-powered, all-wheel-drive Huracán, we can at least play around with the all-new configurator, which has just gone live.
Now, in terms of other online builders, the Huracán’s is rather light. Tweakable features are limited to exterior and interior colors, wheel designs, caliper colors and a few other smaller items. There are also no prices listed, although this is hardly unusual for exotic configurators (Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari and Rolls-Royce all leave pricing info off their configurators).
Despite being rather low on stuff to do, designing one’s personalized Lamborghini will always remain a pleasant means of whiling away a slow day at work. Hop over to Lamborghini’s website and have a look.
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Source: Brandon Turks, Autoblog.com
Watch Jeff Gordon Give An Auto Blogger The Terrifying Ride Of His Life
About a year ago, the marketing geniuses of Pepsi MAX came up with the idea of having NASCAR star Jeff Gordon disguise himself as a milquetoast tire-kicker and shoot a video with him taking a used-car salesman on a high-speed joyride in a Camaro. It was a good notion, but the setup was a bit too transparent — the more you thought about it, the more staged it seemed. (C’mon, cupholder camera?)
So the marketers reconsidered, with Gordon himself. What if they could pull the same stunt, but this time on someone who had no idea it was coming? A mark who would offer an authentic reaction, yet not pursue charges for getting tossed around like wet laundry — like, perhaps, one of the Jalopnik writers who made the most noise about the first video?
The result? Proof that Jeff Gordon knows how to scare the Pepsi MAX out of someone for real — although Gordon told Yahoo Autos he was almost as nervous as his passenger.
After the success of the first video, Gordon says Pepsi’s ad team started talking about how to do something bigger and better. The result took months of planning with dozens of contributors, scouting locations and coming up with a realistic story that wouldn’t give away Gordon’s identity.
The target of this elaborate prank was Travis Okulski, Jalopnik’s deputy editor. The new mission began with a new costume for Gordon, a more hard-bitten look featuring stubble and fake neck tattoos. The former editor of Jalopnik, Ray Wert, now works in advertising and served as set-up man, crafting a just-believable cover story: Okulski thought he was flying to North Carolina to get a sneak early drive of the Chevy Corvette Z06.
“I had no reason to believe anything was amiss,” Okulski said. “Everything made sense, and I don’t really go through life expecting that people are actively trying to fool me.”
For the video to work, the stunt had to come off in one take, and Gordon had to stay in character while driving a wild course full of obstacles. Says the four-time Sprint Cup champion: “I’ve never been more nervous about pulling something off in my life.”
“To get him there put a lot of pressure on all of us to make sure it was unnoticeable, that he had no idea it was me and to really get the authenticity of his actions.”
Upon his arrival, Gordon showed up disguised as a taxi driver to take Okulski to the track, and when confronted by a fake state patrol, Gordon ad-libbed lines about being an ex-con who doesn’t want to go back. The earpiece was real; the crew and Gordon had a safe word — “Nebraska” — that they could use to shut things down in case something went awry.
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Source: Justin Hyde, Autos.Yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/
Average Gas Prices: Up From Last Week, Down From Last Year
Gas prices are up in every area across the country compared to the week before. The national gasoline average is up six cents from this time last week and down about 34 cents from a year ago. Premium gas is $3.78, up five cents from last week. Diesel fuel is 14 cents lower than this time last year.
See our guide to fuel economy for advice on saving gasoline, including reports on how to get the best gas mileage and where to find the cheapest gas. Learn about future technologies such as electric and hydrogen fuel cells in our guide to alternative fuels.
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Source: Jeff Barlett, ConsumerReports.org
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