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A Lamborghini Has Smashed The Speed Record But Don't Try This On Your Driving Test

A Lamborghini Has Smashed The Speed Record But Don't Try This On Your Driving Test

Scenes guaranteed to make Clarkson go weak at the knees.



In scenes that would likely make Jeremy Clarkson go weak at the knees in his ill-fitting jeans, this headache-inducingly yellow Lamborghini Huracan absolutely smashes speed records.

The footage begins with the extremely handsome Italian supercar sitting at the starting line on a cloudy day at Stanly County Airport in North Carolina, US. But then the real business begins...

Credit: Austin Sorah

The car is plonked for a while before accelerating at an incredible rate and hitting speeds that would most likely turn your face inside out if you were to reach them on a push bike.

It tops out at a speed of more than 250mph and the awestruck crowd burst into applause as it tears across the finishing line.

A mediator then declares the Huracan reached 250.27mph - the highest speed a street-legal car has ever achieved over a half-mile.

This particular Lamborghini Huracan was tuned by the team at Underground Racing, who are known for their ability to more than quintuple the Huracan's factory power numbers with their twin-turbo kits and accompanying engine upgrades.

The result is one of the fastest street-legal cars in the world.

The record-breaking run was driven by Israeli speed nut Gidi Chamdi, the same man who previously set the half-mile record at 240 mph in an Lamborghini Gallardo, which is also tuned by Underground Racing, last summer.

Gidi reached a top speed of 250.27mph.

To give you a bit of perspective on that, the Huracan is covering more than the length of a football field every second... Don't try that on your driving test...

Naturally, when we say 'record', we're talking about road-legal cars. There are many purpose-built dragsters, not to mention jet propelled cars, that would easily tear this Lambo a new arsehole.

The current land speed record stands at a bollock-clenching 763.035mph and is held by British Royal Air Force Fighter pilot Andy Green driving ThrustSSC (Thrust Supersonic Car).

The British-designed Thrust SSC vehicle driven by RAF Tornado pilot Squadron Leader Andy Green
The British-designed Thrust SSC vehicle driven by RAF Tornado pilot Squadron Leader Andy Green

Credit: PA Images

It became the first land vehicle to break the sound barrier. It's 16.5 metres long, 3.7 metres wide and weighed nearly 10 tons, with a total thrust of 223 kN, equivalent to around 110,000 brake horsepower.

When asked in an interview with The Telegraph about what it was like to travel on land at such a speed, Green said: "Once you start to get up toward the speed of sound, the airflow goes supersonic over the top of the canopy. Then, it starts to get astonishingly noisy."

Noise isn't the only issue when you're hurtling through the desert at 700+mph, the G force can mess with your senses, too - not ideal when you're the guy holding the wheel!

"Where downwards appears to be is sensed by you by a number of things: your vision, your inner ear telling you where gravity is, and the floor against your feet," says Green. "You can jumble those cues up a little bit on fairground rides, and you can jumble them up a little bit more in things like aeroplanes."

"If you do it aggressively enough, that's what starts to make people feel sick.

"In a straight line, when you're pinged back into your seat, you feel in terms of all the physical cues from your seat and your inner ear, that you're lying on your back. But then when you close the throttles and you're thrown forward, suddenly it feels as though you've just been rotated through 180 degrees, and you are now going straight down. You'd be surprised how difficult it is to drive in a straight line!"

Erm....we'll just stick to the speed limit for now, thanks.

Words: Paddy Maddison

Featured Image Credit: Austin Sorah

Topics: Driving