• Nov 30th 2007 at 6:54PM
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You see, this is how it's done. Real top speed records are set by teams of professionals in controlled environments, and they're verified by precision instrumentation. That's why Edo Competition's mark of 214 mph in a lightly-modified Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 at Nardo counts, and the YouTube-ified "219 mph" trip computer banzai run on an Arizona freeway by a former dentist and his buddies does not.

Edo's LP640 was fitted with a rear wing and sported a reprogrammed ECU, high-flow air filters, and high-performance catalytic converters. Engine output in that guise was bumped up to 663 horsepower. According to the GPS-based measuring system used on all the cars at the Nardo high-speed event, Edo's machine (complete with Calvin sticker) topped out at 214.8 mph. That is the official fastest top speed ever recorded by a Lamborghini. They're going back next year, too, with 700 horses behind the driver and a goal of 224+ mph.

UPDATE: Videos added after the jump. (H/T to OneEightTurbo)

[Source: Edo Competition]

Veni Vidi Vici - It came, it saw, it conquered.

Nardo, the epitome of high speed on the fastest oval track in the world.

October 21st, 2007. A 4am wake-up Espresso has to suffice. The remaining drowsiness disappears as soon as the 6.5 ltr. V12, now with 663 hp, is fired up. Re-torque the wheels once again. After checking the pressure of the new Continental V-max tires the edo competition LP 640 Versione Nardo rolls onto the 12.6 km (7.8 miles) long oval.

Each contestant has 3 laps: The first one as the warm-up lap, the second one as the high-speed lap and the third one as the cool down lap. By now it's 6am, the sun is rising over the test track. It's chilly with light winds, but above all - It's dry. On this Sunday morning the warm-up lap is driven at speeds between 280 and 300 km/h (174-186 mph). Particular attention is paid to vibrations, oil- and water-temperatures. It feels good, the LP 640, and thanks to the newly developed rear wing it's so fantastically stable, as if the tires were glued to the south-Italian tarmac.

Now it's on. The second lap counts and the growl of the V12 is turning into an infernal shriek as the revs rise - similar to a chainsaw cutting through a giant sequoia tree. Wide open throttle is the norm now and even at 280 km/h (174 mph) one is still being pushed into the seat. Meanwhile in 6th gear the raging bull comfortably eclipses the 340 km/h (211 mph) mark, but there's more. 345.7 km/h (214.8 mph) is what TÜV-Rheinland's meticulously accurate and incorruptible GPS-based measuring system shows.

Cool down lap – Not without pride the engine is brought back into more sedate rev ranges, with the knowledge to have achieved the fastest ever recorded top speed of a Lamborghini!

Even the newly developed rear wing could prove itself in these extreme conditions. No drop in top speed - far from it, and absolutely stable driving behavior even at these high speeds.

With this result Edo competition has clearly proven that even small modifications like an ECU recalibration, new high flow air filters and high performance catalytic converters specifically designed for the LP 640 can have a resounding effect.

Our thanks go to Continental, AutoBildSportscars, TÜV-Rheinland and Mr. Thomas Budde, Prof. M.D., who measured the heart rate of Edo Karabegovic and the other pilots during the runs.

While for some test drivers heart rates equaling those of top athletes were measured, our results were well within the comfort range with a peak of 150 beats per minute.

Driven by this fantastic success the team of edo competition Motorsport will field the Lamborghini Murciélago LP 640 with considerably more power next time. The goal is 700 hp, which should allow for a top speed in excess of 360 km/h (224 mph)

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      • 7 Years Ago
      "Nardo is a high speed oval. In other words, it's HUGE"

      yes I know that...I'm from Europe.
      I just wanted to people realise that turning the wheel eats the speed away at high speed and you dont need to be a F1 driver to comprehend it.

      I dont know on what angle the steering wheel was on this case but with Koenigsegg it was 30 degrees.
      • 7 Years Ago
      good 'ol www.answers.com yielded this:

        • 7 Years Ago
        Tell this to that clown who thinks he did 219 on a public road.

        WTG edo
      • 7 Years Ago
      We have two video's posted up. Watch it from a roll as the drivers goes through the gears! and one where it makes a fly-by (wait to you hear it). Both must sees!!!

      • 7 Years Ago
      Nardo is an oval, of course you can go faster on a straight road if you can find proper one.
        • 7 Years Ago
        No, sorry. Nardo is a high speed oval. In other words, it's HUGE. Cars on it can easily go above 214 (ie: the top speed in this case is NOT limited by the track). The AZ dude didn't actually hit 219 because he didn't actually attach proper testing equipment to his car and he relied on unreliable speedo. That's all there is to that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      AB commenters:

      Assuming that you've entered that guy's personal site, and being a gearhead, did you noticed one thing ?

      Besides the LP 640 that guy had a Reventon back then in August (at least his site says it was last updated in August 11) !!!

      I can't believe, sure he has a lot of cash, really, to afford a car like that, plus a Reventon, unbelieveable
        • 7 Years Ago
        What's the URL for the site (edo's) I don't see it in the above post.?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ok, scratch that. I see you guys must be talking about Simyar's site. No chance he has a Reventon.

        fwiw - I couldn't find the website for edo competition via google.
        • 7 Years Ago
        In fact he has a Reventon, at least is waht appears on his site, supposedly last updated in August 11, so, if he can afford a LP640, he could afford a Reventon, too, probably
      • 7 Years Ago
      The blonde in the pic on his page is a pornstar.. This dude is into some weird stuff. Plus he looks like he's on juice..
      • 6 Years Ago
      The fastest Lamborghini ever made was the Diablo Twin Turbo Lotec designed by Ewe Gemballa. This pumped out nearly 900 HP and was clocked at 410 Kmh or 255 MPH.
      This special Lambo was made in 1999.
      Lamborghini came out with the Diablu VTT in 1998 which generated 750 HP and had a top speed of 222 MPH.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Anyway, how these guys (Simyar or Mayer) got a Reventon a month before the official launch ? Is he a member of Lambo's "VIP club" ?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe ABC should do some research before posting an article. The car on Simyar's website is obviously a Reventon. Secondly, the owner of the car appears to be Aaron Mayer of Scottsdale, AZ and it took me exactly 1 minute of google searching to find that out. He has plenty of his videos of his Lambo including this 219mph clip on his Myspace site. At this rate, I should be a journalist!
        • 7 Years Ago
        If you watch the videos, you'll see some of them contain Aaron and Rob, who looks exactly like Robert Simyar to me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If the guy in arizona did 219 on his speedo, and these guys with some wizardy couldn't hit that, I believe the arizona guy who is soon to see some jail time should get some testing equipment before he claims he actually hit 219- because there is no way he did.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not bad. Not the fastest car, but having the fastest Lambo is still pretty good bragging rights.
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