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Rain Won’t Stop This Porsche 918 Spyder From Hitting 207 MPH

Don’t try this at home.

Driving isn’t the safest thing to do when it’s raining. Even a slight drizzle could mean wet roads and wet roads mean less friction between the tires and the concrete. However, safety is something that isn’t in the vocabulary of the Porsche 918 Spyder – or at least its driver from this video.

The 918 Spyder is fast (and expensive):

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In a tire test at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds on Merritt Island, Florida, a Porsche 918 Spyder attempted to reach its top speed in a 2.7-mile runway. It would have been an easy task for the 918 Spyder. After all, it’s powered by a 600-horsepower naturally-aspirated 4.6-liter engine and two electric motors that deliver an additional 282 hp. Whether the hybrid supercar will hit its top speed on this test or not wasn’t really a question, but it’s more of how long.

However, there’s one tiny bit of a problem – it’s drizzling and the concrete has become wet. While that may mean that showtime’s over, it wasn’t the case in this video.

Even with the wet road, the guys testing the tires pushed through with the plan. The Porsche 918 Spyder was launched on green flag with all the intention to reach 217 miles per hour, it’s registered top speed. It didn’t have any problems despite the uneventful condition; it’s like the car didn’t lose any of its traction at all.

Towards the end of the straight, though, the supercar failed to do reach its registered top speed and was “only” able to do 207 mph. Still, it was an impressive run and we really think the driver here has a big pair to perform such dangerous stunt on a wet surface.

A little warning for you dear reader: please don’t try this at home. Unless you’re driving a Porsche 918 Spyder, that we guess that’s fine.

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Jalopnik – Watch A 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach Go 218 MPH


As we’ve written about previously in these parts, Johnny Bohmer, like us, likes the cars to go fast. One of his latest runs? A 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach, that he got up to 218 mph, or a hair faster than Porsche says the car should go.

Johnny runs the cars at a runway in Merritt Island, Florida, and says that the Porsche run took place on Feb. 10, when it was mostly clear while a mild breeze blew. Johnny says the car has over 20,000 miles on it, and is owned (and driven) by a race car driver who did not want to be identified. The speed they got up to is the world’s fastest recorded speed for a 918, Johnny says.

“We were amazed at the insane launch this car performed,” Johnny says. “I mean really quick.”

Porsche says the car’s top speed is 217 mph, and released video a couple of years ago to prove it (their speedometer, you’ll quickly realize, shows the speed in kph). But car speedometers, historically speaking, have been optimistic when it comes to speed, and, indeed, Johnny says he suspects the 918’s might be unreliable as well. (Almost every car’s speedometer is unreliable at that speed, though.)

Instead, Johnny used a Garmin GPS unit to measure the quickness, in addition to someone from the International Mile Racing Association being on hand timing the 2.3-mile run. Fittingly, just 918 918s were made—and it seems they can go a little faster than advertised.

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Electric Corvette clocks 205.6 mph

Genovation Cars broke their own Electric Car World Speed Record on July 28, 2016 clocking 205.6 mph in a street-legal, electric Corvette. This video captures the excitement.

250 mph club Badd GT News Quest for 300

Street Legal BADDGT goes 292.9 MPH (470 KPH)

MERRITT ISLAND, FL. (Late Dec., 2015) – Johnny Bohmer Racing (JBR) arrived at the Shuttle Landing Facility (Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds) to make several test passes to prepare for “The Quest for 300 MPH” record run in 2016. Bohmer was planning to achieve speeds in the 290 MPH range, but due to heavy cross winds (25 MPH Gusts) he was unable to achieve that goal. However while in car testing, Bohmer realized no one has ever gone over 250 MPH in a street legal car with a passenger. “I believe this is surely a first for the automotive community, and a new world record,” Bohmer Said.

So you’re a true adrenaline junkie, right? You’ve tested every major roller coaster, jumped out of airplanes, surfed Jaws on the north Shore of Maui, maybe even ran with the bulls in Spain; but you have NEVER sat shotgun in the “Guinness World Record’s Fastest Street Car” and gone 250 MPH+.

A pioneer, a scientist, and a professional daredevil, Johnny Bohmer is yet the only person on earth who dares drive the “BADDGT” at speeds faster than 1/3 the speed of sound. 

 After breaking the Official Guinness World Record for the Fastest Street Car in the Standing Mile at the Shuttle Landing Facility (Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds) in 2012, Johnny Bohmer and his team are working relentlessly to set a NEW World Record by breaking the unimaginable 300 MPH barrier in 2016. By breaking the 300 MPH barrier they will once again create a historical moment in the automotive community. Keep in mind that this is the same Tarmac where most of the Shuttle missions and courageous Astronauts have returned home safely, after traveling millions of miles in unpredictable conditions in outer space.


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Hennessey Venom Makes 270 MPH Run at Kennedy

By Steven Siceloff,
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Aerodynamic and high-performance engine testing at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida recently saw the record for fastest production car in the world pass to Hennessey Performance following a 270.49 mph run at Kennedy’s Shuttle Landing Facility on Feb. 14.
Outfitted with a suite of accelerometers and GPS receivers that would make a rocket engineer proud, the Hennessey Venom GT was able to collect precise information to confirm the car’s safety and handling throughout its performance regime.
Without the real-world testing, the company could not be sure its computer models and limited evaluations were complete.
“The teams that have come here have all said the same thing: there’s no substitute for this,” said Johnny Bohmer of Performance Power LLC. “They go to wind tunnels that cost $5,000 an hour. They’ll do 10 million laps on simulated computer programs and then they come out here and it’s all wrong. This runway is a tool, and it’s the right tool.”
Hennessey worked with Johnny Bohmer of Performance Power LLC in West Palm Beach, Fla., to use the NASA facility. Bohmer negotiated a Space Act Agreement with NASA to evaluate aerodynamic principles on cars using the runway.
Testing the American-made car at such extremes in speed is only possible in a few places in the world, and the 3.2 mile-long, 300-foot-wide runway at the SLF was chosen because its concrete surface and expanse gives drivers confidence they can perform their trials safely.
“Validating the Venom GT’s performance, stability and safety on such an incredible runway is why we came here,” said John Hennessey, owner of the Seeley, Texas-based auto maker. “I wanted to be an astronaut when I was a kid. Neil Armstrong was my childhood hero. Even though the astronaut thing didn’t work out for me, I am humbled to have had the opportunity to conduct our testing on the hallowed grounds of the Kennedy Space Center.”
All the cars that are tested at Kennedy have to record measurable engineering data as part of their agreement. It’s not a joy ride, in other words. The information that automakers and race teams gather doesn’t have to be shared, but it’s expected to feed into future innovations and ultimately improve everyday cars at some point.
Speaking in January during the first trip by Hennessey to try out the Kennedy surface, both auto makers said there are not many places in the world to safely perform the critical evaluations that give them the confidence to sell their vehicles to the public.
“You can do all the modeling programs you want, you can do all the simulations and computers but you have to go out and hit the real world,” Bohmer said. “Now if somebody goes out in the car and wants to push the car, he knows the car will be safe.”