Posted by rgmekanic 7:41 PM (CDT)
Tuesday May 15, 2018
A Belgian motorist has inadvertently become the test driver for the new fastest car.......in the world. In a small a small Belgian town on the French border, the unnamed motorist received a ticket in the mail from a speed camera, stating that his Opel Astra was clocked at 696 km/h, or 439mph according to The Telegraph. Unfortunately, according to local media, the speed calculation was due to a coding error.
According to the world governing body of motor sport, FIA, the current holder of the outright world land speed record is ThrustSSC, a twin turbofan jet-powered car which achieved 763.035 mph - 1227.985 kph - over one mile in October 1997. This was the first supersonic record as it broke the sound barrier at Mach 1.016.