There are an infinite number of impressive aspects to getting a 1992 Audi to clip past the 260-mph barrier. For starters, there's the fact that Jeff Gerner managed to milk a full 1,100 horsepower from the five-cylinder S4 before shuttling the power to the ground via an all-wheel drive system without vaporizing an axle. That alone deserves a round of applause, but for us, the most awe-inspiring aspect of the feat is just how smooth and drama-free the salt flat run was.

The video below, whipped up by the artisans at eGarage, shows Gerner doing the deed in Utah. There's no fuss. No wild fights for traction or mechanical failures. Just Gerner riding along like he was cruising down the highway instead of blistering a dry lake bed and setting a world record not just for the world's fastest Audi sedan, but for the world's fastest sedan, full-stop. His two runs were good enough for an average of 236.599 mph and his top speed was estimated at over 260 mph. Check out the videos below for a closer look, then head on over to Quattroworld to read more about it.





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      RUDEBOi
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great to see someone living out their dream!! Congratulations!
      RWD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good job including a version with nothing but that sweet 5 cylinder sound! At those speeds, that must have been quite a moment when he pulled the shoot and went sideways.
      Tanooki2003
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not bad at all. It almost makes me a bit nostalgic for my heavily modified 1988 Mitsubishi Galant/Sigma with the twin turbo 3.0L V6 i had many years ago that i used to race. Oh the sounds of the growl and the turbo kicking in takes me back to those somewhat innocent times of having a huge disposable income while still being a bachelor with a fresh new career. My only beef with the first video, as well as most car acceleration videos on youtube, is please seriously if anybody wants to create a video showing off what their car can do, knock it off with the annoying blaring techno background music during showing off the car's acceleration. I much prefer hearing the mesmerizing throaty growl of the engine during hard acceleration and the awesome sounds of the turbo. Any background music just totally ruins the feeling and not to mention my interest to even watch.
      scion_tc
      • 2 Years Ago
      And 20 years later, all Audi sedan look just like that one.
        adoomass
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scion_tc
        Responding solely based on your posted username here... Given your choice of the Scion TC, I don't think you're qualified to comment on anything automotive related. Certainly not design cues.
          Cayman
          • 2 Years Ago
          @adoomass
          Can't really fault someone for choosing a Scion TC, they are cheap and practical. Now, being so enamored by it to make it your username is probably a different story.
          ravenosa
          • 2 Years Ago
          @adoomass
          I'd say anybody who buys a Scion TC didn't take the time to test drive any other FWD economy cars. Can't say there's a worse-handling car in its class. Shifting gears in the manual is like stirring mashed potatoes, they don't handle well and they don't get very good gas mileage. Unless Honda, Toyota, Nissan and every other manufacturer won't sell to you, I don't see where the TC fits in a car buyer's picture.
      th0mb0ne
      • 2 Years Ago
      Look at that gloriously large window surface area and gloriously small beltline. Sigh....good times.
      Ben Doolittle
      • 2 Years Ago
      Better get outta the way quick when it pops into drive on its own...
      • 2 Years Ago
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        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        Getting a Cd of .2 is one thing. But making sure the car also produces sufficient downforce (at the very worst zero lift) and withstands 200+mph forces is an entirely different matter. I wouldn't usually want a sedan going 260, I really sure as hell don't want a tall, narrow, short bug shaped micro-minivan going 260 with such a small wheelbase and likely a bunch of lift. It would probably feel scary going 100mph with a little crosswind, especially with a lot of those drag reduction mods. Really, 1100hp is no ridiculous amount of power for a 20 year old sedan to push its boxy shape to speeds comparable to ground hugging, top speed optimized, mid engine supercars like the SSC and Veyron that also need ~1100hp. I would not call these aerodynamics appalling at all. Though this too was subject to a lot of aero mods that might not really be obvious.
      Chris Goldrick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Do I hear a hint of Gallardo in the exhaust note? If this is a five cylinder, it doesn't surprise me.
        The Wasp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chris Goldrick
        Was the Gallardo a 5-cylinder sedan from the early-90s? No. This exhaust is not related to the Gallardo at all.
          Chris Goldrick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @The Wasp
          I'm not saying that he has Gallardo parts in it. I just think that the unique firing order of the five cylinders has an equally unique tone, and I'm pretty sure the Gallardo V10 is two Quattro five-cylinder blocks bolted together. I could be wrong. To my ears anyway, it reminds me of the V10, and if I'm correct about the origin of the V10, the family resemblance is readily apparent in all applications of the block.
      treeinsc
      • 2 Years Ago
      So it is faster than the 1200 hp veyron ss?
      Thor
      • 2 Years Ago
      " the most awe-inspiring aspect of the feat is just how smooth and drama-free the salt flat run was." did you miss the whole thing almost going sideways at 200+? 4:14 in the first video.
        spinnetti
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Thor
        Chute made the ass-end a bit light didn't it? Impatiently waiting for the RS3 sedan.....
      The Angry Intern
      • 2 Years Ago
      In case anyone was curious about the song in the first video, it's "Hours" by Tycho
      haji
      • 2 Years Ago
      Like the fact that he tried with a 20 year old audi saloon and not some 20 billion euro bugattieron gtxxx whatever.
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