By on August 23, 2010

What is the fastest sedan under the sun? Up until a few days ago, it was a Mercedes E-Class, tuned by Brabus. That car can kiss the world record good-bye.

The German tuner G-Power in Autenzell, north of Munich, equipped a BMW M5  with a 588 kW/800 hp ten cylinder engine with a twin turbo, called it “Hurricane RR” and brought it to 372 km/h (231 mph),  says Automobilwoche [sub]. The Brabus was 2 km/h slower.

The Brabus boys in Bottrop aren’t sitting on their hands. “We haven’t reached top speed yet“ said Dalibor Erakovic of Brabus. “There will be a new car.” When, how fast, and how much remains anybody’s guess.

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21 Comments on “New World Record: 231 mph...”


  • avatar
    Kevin Kluttz

    Yeah, this news will be really useful when the speed limit is raised to 250.

  • avatar
    JuniperBug

    In Germany it already is (and beyond)!

    • 0 avatar
      CRConrad

      Yeah, sure it is. On about 450 km (300 mi) of disparate little stretches of Autobahn…

      …which are completely clogged-up with people doing 30 km/h (20 mph) most of the time anyway.

    • 0 avatar
      jmo

      Yeah, sure it is. On about 450 km (300 mi) of disparate little stretches of Autobahn…

      Really? Where did you read that?

      1/4 of the autobahn has no speed limit or about 3000km out of 12,000km.

    • 0 avatar
      CRConrad

      Three hunnerd miles, three thousand klicks; what’s the diff? It’s still all the same as if it were just for trackdays. Those three thousand klicks are pretty much bound not to be between where you are and where you’re going, even if you live in Germany. And even if by some vast coincidence a few of them happened to be, they’d be congested down to crawling speed (unless you were commuting to work where you have to be at 4:30 am, since 2 m to 5 am is about the only time you could count on there not being a Stau). That was my point, you see?

      In that context, it doesn’t much matter that the 450 km came straight outta my butt; 3000 km is just as much of a uselessly infinitesimal proportion of a nation’s road network. (But, hey, thanks anyway: Next time I won’t have to source my numbers quite so scatologically! :-) )

  • avatar
    Contrarian

    Well, it’s an interesting engineeriong exercise, but has all the everyday relevance of a Boing jet that can traverse the freeway.

    • 0 avatar
      mcs

      True. There is a legal “real world” solution if you want to go that fast. I love cars, but there is a certain price/performance point where it’s time to take to the air.

  • avatar
    niky

    There’s still a lot left on the table for the Hurricane. Tape up the door handles and replace them with push-button units… cover the rear wheel wells with spats… replace the side mirrors with cameras… could be another 5 mph from cosmetic tweaks.

  • avatar

    I can’t believe that nobody’s taken the S65 AMG, added bigger turbos and a huge intercooler…and trounced these lightweights with their wussy V8 engines. Seriously doubt the S is much more of a “drag” than the the mid-size BMW and Mercs.

  • avatar
    mikenem

    I love it…and I thought their previous twin supercharged Hurricane was the meanest sedan ever! Amazing.

  • avatar
    stationwagon

    Even though top speed and engine performance are related. I think the best measure of a vehicle’s performance is 0-60 (MPH) time. Instead of competing for top speed records they should compete for shorter 0-60 times, But of course the cars with the highest top speeds are probably the ones with shortest 0-60 times. In the U.S.A there are no places I can go 231 MPH legally(except for tracks), but there are many places I could experience full acceleration, like freeway on-ramps. 0-60 times should be more publicized.

    • 0 avatar
      JuniperBug

      At this power level, 0-60 is pretty meaningless in measuring engine performance; the car doesn’t start gaining real traction until around 100. The quarter mile is more meaningful, but even that has these cars going well past double the legal US limits.

      In the world of sport motorcycles, about a second separates an 85 hp bike from one with double that power, when measuring 0-60. Quarter mile and top speeds vary considerably, though.

  • avatar
    Bob12

    mcs:
    I’m not sure if you were serious or humorous about your comment (maybe both!), but it’s a very big step to switch over from driving to flying:

    1) In the USA at least, it’s harder to get a pilot’s license than a driver’s license (even the relatively new Sport Pilot certificate, which limits you to 140mph anyway). I know it’s harder to get a driver’s license in Germany than the USA, but I don’t know how hard it is to get a pilot’s license there.

    2) You still have to drive to and from whatever airports you take your airplane.

    • 0 avatar
      mcs

      but it’s a very big step to switch over from driving to flying

      It may be a big step between ordinary driving and flying, but we’re talking about driving a car at 200+ mph – very different than driving at the speed limit. I would go as far as argue that it takes less skill to fly a plane than it does to drive a car at triple digits – especially at 200+ mph.

      Actually I can bike to two of my local airports. My Dad’s condo is easy walking distance from his nearest airport. Besides, you can buy an inexpensive car and a sport plane for what some of these cars cost. I have friends that do exactly that.

      Yes, you need to get a pilot’s license if you don’t already have one. But I’d argue that to fully make use of an expensive high performance car, you really need to spend some time at a driving school on a track which might entail more time than a sport pilots license.

      The benefit is that you have something you can really use. Even in a 140 mph sport plane fighting a head wind and maybe only making 100 mph ground speed or less, there are no tolls, no cops, traffic jams, or cameras to deal with.

      Maybe I could sum up what I’m trying to say is that I think it’s better to spend 6 figures on a vehicle you can operate at 200+ mph (or 140) legally rather than something you can only drive at it’s limits on rare occasions on a track.

  • avatar
    carguy

    Another automotive record that has all the relevance of competitive hot dog eating.

    • 0 avatar
      V572625694

      Figuring that they’re all hand built, you have to wonder how many they need to sell, and at what price, in order to make back the tinkering engineering costs. Automobile manufacturing is kind of like aircraft building in that respect: the Mach 3 fighters get all the glory and command astonishingly high prices, but it’s a much harder engineering job to build an airplane that can stay in the air 16 hours a day, take off and land 12 times, and use less fuel than the previous models. (Plus Boeing and Airbus have crack engineering teams constantly striving to outdo each other in terms of making the most uncomfortable seat)

  • avatar
    william442

    Sometime in the late 80s, Tim Richmond ran between 239, and 240 in a Harry Hyde Monte Carlo. He beat Al Holbert’s 962 , long and short tail ,in the process.
    Maybe geeber knows the details.

  • avatar
    Buckshot

    The topspeed is not that important.
    The most interesting number for me would be something like 70-140 km/h.

  • avatar
    Davekaybsc

    A 0-60 time of less than 3 seconds is incredibly difficult to do. You’ll notice that most supercars can’t manage it. They’re either too heavy, don’t have the traction, don’t have the power, or can’t do it without destroying their clutches.

    Where a car with insane power is most useful is passing on a two-lane. If you’re stuck behind a row of slow moving cars or a full size truck and you see a gap you can use, you want to be able to hit 80mph+ as quickly as possible. 50-70 is a useful number to know, but 40-80 would be more useful. Most annoying traffic is going slower than 50, and I don’t stop at 70 when I’m passing on a two-lane.


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