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Weekly British automotive mag Autocar recently shut down the London City Airport because they wanted to find out what car was the fastest in London. Amidst a field that included hometown hero Bentley's Continental Flying Spur, as well as a Ford GT (it lost to the British-built SLR by nary 1.4 mph, fix!), Corvette Z06, Shelby Daytona Cobra, Porsche 911 Turbo, BMW M6, Alpina B5, and Vauxhall Maloo, the SLR McLaren was able to post the fastest time of 175.7 mph on the one-mile long airport runway. No word on how fast the bike in picture went, though.

The record attempt marks the fastest a car has ever been driven legally in London and will be submitted to the Guiness Book of World Records. Here are the final trap speeds of the other contestants.

Mercedes McLaren SLR - 175.7 mph
Ford GT - 174.3 mph
Corvette Z06 - 167.0 mph
Porsche Turbo - 162.6 mph
BMW M6 - 162.5 mph
Shelby Daytona Cobra - 159.7 mph
Alpina B5 - 155.4 mph
Bentley Flying Spur - 157.4 mph
Vauxhall Maloo - 160.8 mph

Later tonight, I will be attempting the Cleveland, Ohio Land Speed Record in my 1999 Oldsmobile Alero on I-90 between mile markers 150 and 151. Wish me luck!


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      • 8 Years Ago
      My question would be what car was the fastest for the buck. Really, compute the speed per dollar, and find out who had the cheapest speed. Anyone have THE answer, and not a lot of stuff about their favorite? Me? Hell, I'm just trying not to miss a payment on my pick-up.
      • 8 Years Ago

      The Z06 is an incredible car for the money, no one can argue that.

      Nice to see the Maloo "ute" getting on the list! It would be awesome if they brought that to the US. Everyone has a big ass truck over here [which imo is not needed] I think the Maloo would sell really well.

      And yeah drag tends to hold bikes back at 150+ I know of a 3000GT VR4 [10 sec car] that reeled in a Busa, the VR4 started to reel the bike in at 150-160, it was almost even at 190 when they let off.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think the value vs. price ratio is more important than the speed vs. price. It doesn't matter what the top speed of a car is because you will never go that fast.

      I think that the corvette has the highest value to price ratio.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The bike did 183.4mph, 2.6mph off its limited 186mph max. It was me who pulled the short straw to ride it, on behalf of Two Wheels Only magazine, sister publication to Autocar. The bike got up to speed ok but stopping was a bit of an issue on a 1300-metre (less than a mile) strip, and I ran off the end and onto the grass on the final, fastest run.
      • 8 Years Ago
      hello wake up guys theres no way you can compare a mv with a zx14/zzr1400 on a staight stretch cause mv kicks 174 crank hps and on the other hand zx puts 190 crank hp and with ram air it is pretty close to 200hp on a good day plus there is extra advantage of more torque that the zx has ,so think rationally please
      • 8 Years Ago
      "5. My question would be what car was the fastest for the buck. Really, compute the speed per dollar, and find out who had the cheapest speed. Anyone have THE answer, and not a lot of stuff about their favorite? Me? Hell, I'm just trying not to miss a payment on my pick-up."

      Cowboy Bob,

      if you were one of those folks who would be buying a car like slr you wouldnt be asking such stupid question because money would not be an object. But if you insist, I would say that Mazda miata would be just right for you.

      lol
      • 8 Years Ago
      They left off many of the "real" contenders though, Lambo, Ferrari, Zonda to name a few that would give the SLR a run for the title.
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      I know all these are amazing numbers but more thing to note is that even though the sixth car only went 160 mph, that car also hasn't been produced since 1965. So that car was going that fast 41 years ago when cars that could go that fast were far and few between.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What vehicle will you be using? Don't kill yourself/others along the way.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I doubt the cheapest speed is even on the list. The regular Corvette costs 3/4 what the Z06 does and it'll reach more than 130 in this test, so it would best the Z06 here.

      I think cheapest speed is a pretty dumb measure to buy a car by. It's fun to think about, but how often are you going to be at top speed anyway? If not often, why measure by this? If often, your fuel bill will be so large that saving a few K on the car won't help.

      Where's the Enzo? Veyron? They tested the cars they could get. British car mags are a lot more likely to test cars they borrow off people (Nick Mason) than from car companies. I don't know why they do this, but it helps somewhat keep them from being beholden to the car companies. So likely no Enzo or Veyron was within easy reach that day.

      I personally would have rather seen an 80s/early 90s supercar in there to test against. How does the McLaren F1 measure up now?

      I wish we had the Maloo/Ute here. Lutz said he'd bring it but the bean counters won't let him. Damn bean counters.

      I love how they parked the car in the back there and it's not obvious it is an El Camino-alike.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like the fact they didn't mention the Kawasaki ZX-14 in the picture. In the Aug 06 Sport Rider, they did their write up for it. Top speed they hit was a GOVERNED 188.3 MPH. Yeah, it completely toasts every single one of those cars.
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