• Oct 12, 2009

Click above to watch the videos after the jump

Different automakers seek out different bragging. The same goes for tuning houses. The bogey in question may be the quickest lap time around a given race track (usually the Nürburgring), a particular horsepower figure, a performance benchmark, or, in some cases, a world land speed record. That's what Spectre Performance was after with their SpeedLiner, and that's what they got. Well, one category of LSR, anyway.

The Spectre SpeedLiner is a purpose-built speed record car powered by a custom Cadillac V8 measuring 529 cubic inches (8.8 liters) in capacity, boosted by a pair of intercooled 88mm turbochargers, custom forged rods, solid roller cam, ported heads and oversized valves. The result is somewhere near 2000 horsepower, give or take. And on Sunday, the SpeedLiner clocked a 330.7 mph top speed on the Bonneville Salt Flats, claiming the record for the fastest wheel-driven, gasoline powered vehicle in the world.

Reports indicate that Spectre is looking to hit 400 mph, so this may very well not be the last we've heard from the SpeedLiner. In the meantime, you can check out a trio of videos after the jump.

[Source: SpectrePerformance via Auto-Focus.us]





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      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow. The things I would do for an engine like that.....

      • 5 Years Ago
      How is a 529 cubic inches motor still considered a stock GM block?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because they used the old Caddy 500 CID that was bored / stroked out to 529. It's a great engine that is not much bigger than a SBC.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Probably because the block itself IS standard. It is probably bored and stroked to reach that displacement.
      • 5 Years Ago
      lsr's are timed in both direction for an average speed as set by the FIA
      1/4 mile speeds are a 1 way speed + a back up speed of a certain % according to the sancioning body

      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm suddenly feeling inadequate....
      • 5 Years Ago
      "And on Sunday, the SpeedLiner clocked a 330.7 mph top speed on the Bonneville Salt Flats, claiming the record for the fastest wheel-driven, gasoline powered vehicle in the world."

      In 1965 The Summers Brothers did 409 MPH without forced induction.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheel-driven_land_speed_record
        • 5 Years Ago
        I believe Goldenrod ran on alcohol.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's incredibly fitting that this article first mentions bragging rights because this thing looks exactly like something else men may compete over and brag about.

      A penis.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was going to say Viagra should have sponsored this ride.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The engine for the next gen CTS-V?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Plus there is the fact that their engines are rebuilt after almost every run down the quarter mile. They would never stay together long enough to do the two runs required for a record like this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Don't top fuel dragsters go this fast all the time?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, but they're not gasoline powered
        • 5 Years Ago
        They run 90% Nitromethane and 10% Methanol to be exact.

        Gasoline powered cars can't really come close as. The average top fuel dragster produces 3-4 times the power as the car in the article
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes they do...in less than a 1320 feet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        D'oh. True, alcohol/methanol right? Either way, I thought there would be some dragsters out there running on gasoline that hit 330mph. Guess not. This vehicle looks very loud though.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, thats what I was thinking... this isn't that impressive to me considering those engines put out somewhere around 5500 hp...
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