• May 28th 2009 at 4:29PM
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After a few earlier attempts were unsuccessful in setting an official record, Jürgen Hohenester, a German racecar driver and automotive tuner, has finally set a new world record for reaching the fastest speed ever recorded running a vehicle on biogas. Yes, Guiness has indeed been notified. Powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine that's been converted to run on the compressed gas, the silver Audi sedan was clocked at an impressive 226.55 mph (364.6 kilometers per hour). Previously, the record was held by a Bugatti that was reportedly 20 kph slower.

Amazingly, the car reportedly wasn't even running at full capacity. It seems that this particular powerplant can reliably put out over 800 horsepower, but was dialed back a few notches to around 700 horsepower to keep the all-wheel-drive Audi's transmission from showering the Papenburg, Lower Saxony, race track with a pile of gear-shaped shrapnel. One key reason the powerplant was able to make such prodigious power is because biogas carries an octane rating of over 120. Us? we like to think it was down to the BBS-aping aerodynamic wheel covers. Click past the break for the awkwardly translated press release.

[Source: Hohenester Sport]


Jürgen Hohenester sets a new world record: With a HS 650 Audi A4 Quattro he drove 364.6 km / h "with biogas."

What power brings biogas in the tank, the successful record with by the Company modified Hohenester Audi. The car drove on the test track in cardboard castle Niedersächsiches 364.6 km / h, surpassing the old world record with a Bugatti was up to nearly 20 km / h.

The world had gas for the Competence of TÜV Rheinland, and the VSS Saarbrücken initiated. A total of eleven were well-known companies for the implementation of enthusiasm.

"The world record with the Audi will be the theme for Earth and biogas awareness and show that biogas is a real alternative to fossil fuels," said Dr. Behrning by TUV Rheinland.

Biogas or natural gas must not be confused with Autogas (LPG) will be confused and is clearly superior to gasoline, high octane number of 120 to 140 resulting from a motor on the gas is trimmed with an extremely high efficiency.

Biturbo the expanded to 3.0 liters and is optimized for gas. The power of the HS 650 is not designed, so the performance was electronically limited to 700 hp.

The next target is the overall victory at the Tuner Grand Prix in Hockenheim is envisaged.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Total sleeper!
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Jürgen Hohenester sets a new world record: With a HS 650 Audi A4 Quattro he drove 364.6 km / h "with biogas."

        The "smell" of success...
        • 6 Years Ago
        yeah but its only the fastest car.

        you should see me leave when my dog passes gas. talk about motivated by biogas

        har har har

        but seriously, sweet sleeper.
      • 6 Years Ago
      man, i wanna work for a company that specializes in the implementation of enthusiasm.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I love my job :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      So what? They're gonna limit it to 150 mph when it goes on sale anyway...
      • 6 Years Ago
      It must be the result of me just coming out of a long meeting, but until I read the part about compressed gas, I was asking myself what the hell a bioga was. *facepalm*
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow. I'm genuinely impressed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Seems like an unusual amount of aesthetic effort went into this car. I love that they bothered to print graphics on the aero mods to make the blanked-off wheels, grille, windshield surrounds, air inlets etc. look stock.

      Makes you wonder how much mileage would increase (and how cheap it would be) using such simple measures on customer cars.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Without a doubt. But it also costs next to nothing, at a time when manufacturers are spending plenty on other routes to a 5% mileage boost at 70 mph.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Probably not much. The effect of aerodynamics at 227 mph is a *LOT* more pronounced than at 55 mph.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Are those fake BBS CH hub caps?
        • 6 Years Ago
        It appears so. Maybe that is to save weight? Or not.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Less drag
      • 6 Years Ago
      How does this car beat the Bugatti which goes 225mph but needs 1100hp to do it? This thing doesn't look more aerodynamic than the Bugatti, is it? Is it incremental that much more slicker? Perhaps this is a hoax.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Veyron, in cheater mode will do 255mph, otherwise it will do 235 in Handling mode.
        500hp will push an M5 to around 200mph. This has a lower CdA than that, so 700 or so horsepower will get it to 227mph {check out the aero tweak here}
      • 6 Years Ago
      veryron 407kmh?
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