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Paul Larsen in the Vestas Sailrocket 2 records 59.38 knots (68.3 mph - 110 km/h) on Walvis...

NEWS FLASH - The outright world speed sailing record was smashed this afternoon (November 24) by Paul Larsen in the Vestas Sailrocket 2 with the astonishing time of 65.45 knots. It's the third time in eight days that Larsen has piloted the Vestas Sailrocket to a new outright world record, raising the bar from 55.65 knots to 65.45 knots. It has been a spectacular week for sailing in general, with more than a dozen world speed sailing records broken at two different venues in Namibia. The outright speed sailing records for both 500 meters (initially 59.23 then 59.38 and now 65.45 kts) and one nautical mile (55.32 kts) were set in Walvis Bay by Australian Paul Larsen and the British-designed, inclined-rig hydrofoil Vestas SailRocket 2. Simultaneously, 600 km away, the annual Luderitz Speed Challenge has seen nine world outright speed records for sailboards established in just a week, including surpassing 50 knots (92.6 km/h) and 60 mph (52.14 kts) on a sailboard. The breaking of world records is almost certain to continue over the coming weeks, with Larsen now seemingly capable of pushing the outright record within reach of the 70 knot barrier and the now legendary Luderitz Speed Challenge continuing until December 16, with kiteboarders joining the event on December 3.  Read More

The record was broken by Sydney-based gamer Okan Kaya, pictured above

Next time your hands are feeling sore following a particularly grueling gaming session, spare a thought for the digits of Okan Kaya, who just broken the Guinness World Record for longest gaming session with Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, reaching over 121 hours of solid gameplay and counting.  Read More

Amonix solar panels break through the 33-percent efficiency barrier

Embattled photovoltaic solar power manufacturer Amonix announced on Tuesday that it has broken the solar module efficiency record, becoming the first manufacturer to convert more than a third of incoming light energy into electricity – a goal once branded "one third of a sun" in a Department of Energy initiative. The Amonix module clocked an efficiency rating of 33.5 percent.  Read More

The e-M3 clocked an 11.8-second quarter mile

Before he ever began work on the thrilling Rimac Concept_One electric supercar, Rimac Automobili founder Mate Rimac converted an old BMW E30 to an electric speed demon. The decades-old car, fondly nicknamed the "green monster" but more formally known as the e-M3, was recently awarded several electric vehicle world records.  Read More

Ferrari 365 GTB4

Most people would be happy on a day that they see just one Ferrari. During the recent Ferrari Racing Days at Silverstone Circuit event in the U.K., onlookers got to see not one, but more than 900 Ferraris circling the track in a grand spectacle. The event is on its way to being certified as the largest Ferrari parade in history, almost doubling the previous record holder.  Read More

DARPA's Cheetah robot has set a new robotic land speed record of 28.3 mph (45.5 km/h)

Usain Bolt might have taken home the 100 meters gold medal from the recent London 2012 Olympics, but things could have been different had DARPA’s Cheetah robot been allowed in the field. Living up to DARPA's original goal of developing a robot that could outrun any human, the quadruped robot has set a new robotic land speed record of 28.3 mph (45.5 km/h) for a 20-meter (65.6 ft) split, bettering Bolt’s human speed record by 0.52 mph (0.8 km/h).  Read More

536 Kirby fans got to break a bubblegum blowing record as well as preview the 20th anniver...

Fans of Kirby, the rotund pink title character of the popular series of video games from Nintendo, set a bubblegum blowing world record to mark the 20th anniversary of the first Kirby game release.  Read More

The Challenge4 team of Rainer Zietlow, Vlaimir Gagarin and Marius Biela on the banks of th...

This week, a team of three drivers will set out to tackle a 23,000 km (14,291 mile) drive from Melbourne, Australia to its sister city of St Petersburg in Russia. The Challenge4 crew will be attempting to set a world record time of 16 days by driving their Volkswagen Touareg TDI in five-hour shifts for 24 hours a day. Carrying enough provisions for the entire trip, the only time the vehicle will be at standstill will be when refueling or when being transported across water.  Read More

The collection of 60 F40s make their way around the Silverstone circuit on the weekend

With the first F40 rolling out of Ferrari’s Maranello factory in 1987, the car’s 25th birthday has been celebrated by bringing 60 of the iconic vehicles together on the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit in the U.K. With the cars all finished in the instantly recognizable Ferrari red, the cars made an eye-catching – and mouth-watering – sight for attendees at the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival.  Read More

One of 32 record-breaking animated mosaics projected onto Buckingham Palace (Photo: Bex Wa...

A series of striking illuminated animated mosaics projected onto Buckingham Palace has broken the Guinness World Record for the most artists working on an art installation.  Read More

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