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Outrunning the Roadrunner - Meep-Meep!

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Over the weekend, a world record was officially broken. Hennessy, Koenigsegg, and Bugatti have all been trying to break the 300mph speed barrier for a street-legal car, but the M2K Motorsports team finally cracked it in a modified 2006 Ford GT.

Ford fans all over the world have been deservedly smug across social media since the 300.4mph run at the Texas Mile event on Saturday. Most speed freaks assumed that if any American engine was to break the record, it would be a Chevy LS, but the M2K team silenced all of the haters by modifying the stock 5.4L GT V8 with twin turbos and over 45psi of boost. They were unable to provide an exact horsepower measurement since there was no dyno available that was capable of handling that much power, but they estimated something in the range of 2500hp.

In the video, the car can be seen clearly breaking 300mph in less than a mile, and as it passes the cameras at the quarter and half-mile markers in excess of 170mph and 250mph respectively, the sound of the engine is not unlike a jet leaving the tarmac. In fact, a parachute has to be deployed from the rear of the vehicle to slow the GT to a safe enough speed for the brakes to be applied.

Without a doubt, the European speed masters will be scrambling to set their own records now that someone has finally cracked the formula, and it will be interesting to see what the likes of Bugatti and Hennessy can pull off in the coming months. For now, enjoy the video, linked below.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=F94O-Qk8O7U

-Trey Fennell



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