Audi Among Top Standing Mile Supercars
1 mile. 1,609 meters. 5,280 feet. No matter how you choose to measure it you better not call these cars slow!
The Standing Mile
The Standing Mile is a competition or timed race over a distance of one mile from a standing start. This blast of absolute full-throttle acceleration lasts a full 5280 feet, which is about four times longer than most acceleration tests. In fairness to supercars, quarter-mile tests barely scratch the surface of what they can do. They need a full mile just to flex their muscles and show off their horsepower and aerodynamics. Differences in times and speeds between vehicles are amplified. Plus, how often do we get to measure a car from 0-200? Here are a few that have been measured and crowned, starting with the fastest...
M2K Ford GT
Let’s just start by saying it’s road legal. So what speed did this stock looking GT40 accomplish on its dash to glory? A blistering 293.6mph. You may need to re-read that. Built by M2K Motorsports it is estimated to produce north of 2,500 peak horsepower. When you consider the Veyron takes several miles to get up to its top speed from a rolling start, it makes this feat all the more mind-bending. Did I mention it’s road legal?
Bill Wagner’s GT500
That’s right. This is the fastest Shelby Mustang in the world at a record of 260.8mph. Also built by M2K, this car clocked the 3rd fastest run at the Texas Mile getting beat out by a Hayabusa that went 1.3mph faster. The motor runs in the 501 cubic inch or larger class with an alcohol burning twin turbo V8. They sit right in the front bumper as a warning to the competition…
Underground Racing's Gallardo
Coming in at 252.2mph in the standing mile is the UGR Gallardo. These fire spitting minotaurs take the legendary heart of the bull and inject it with super steroids to chuck out well over 2,000 horsepower to the wheels, enabling these cars to run with some of the fastest competition on the planet. AWD is retained as the choice of drivetrain and the cars run on gasoline as opposed to exotic fuels like alcohol.
Underground Racing's R8 V10
In stock trim, the Audi R8 V10 Plus produces 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque from a 5.2-liter V10, and the coupe can reach 205 mph. Those figures are impressive, but they pale in comparison to what the model can do after tuning from Underground Racing. As proof of the aftermarket firm’s capabilities, Mohammad's 2017 R8 with its X Version biturbo system set a record last year as the fastest Audi to cross the standing half mile finish line at an amazing 244.8 mph.
According to Underground Racing, its X Version biturbo upgrade for the R8 enables it to produce an astounding 2,500 hp at the wheels when running on race gas. The coupe remains street legal, and is good for 1,200 hp at the wheels when running on 93 octane.
Check out this video as the R8 breaks the record.
Rick Harden’s C4 Corvette
Finally, some older cars make an appearance. Rick’s C4 was the fastest Vette last year at 244.2mph and features some really cool aerodynamic pieces like wheel covers a la Bonneville racer. Next to the modern wave of supercars, the C4 looks more broadsword and shield than cutting-edge katana but it gets the job done with brute force and smart aerodynamics.
The Race to 300 mph
The Texas Mile is run every year in October and it’s plausible someone will break 300mph this year if conditions are right. When the fastest car at the event is a road legal GT40 with what amounts to an unmodified body, you have to wonder how much more is on the table. Another 200-300hp? Nitrous? What will it take to accomplish the magic 300? We’ll have to wait and find out. See you in October!
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