The record was broken at Stanly County Airport in North Carolina, US by a very good looking Lamborghini Huracan. The supercar was tuned by the team at Underground Racing, known for their ability to more than quintuple the Huracan’s factory power numbers with their twin-turbo kits and accompanying engine upgrades.
The car was driven by Israeli speed nut Gidi Chamdi, the man who previously set the half-mile record at 240 mph in Lamborghini Gallardo, also tuned by Underground Racing.
The latest record is the highest for any road-legal cars. There are many purpose built dragsters that could easily beat this record. The current land speed record is held by British Royal Air Force Fighter pilot Andy Green driving ThrustSSC.
It reached 763.05mph and became the first land vehicle to break the sound barrier. 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!”
Well, never try this on your driving test.