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A maglev train broke the 600 km/h speed barrier in Japan (Image: Central Japan Railway Com...

Central Japan Railway Company's high-speed maglev train has been busy setting records and then breaking them again in the past week. Most recently, the test train hit a top speed of 603 km/h (375 mph) on Tuesday, on the Yamanashi test track west of Tokyo in the foothills of Mount Fuji.  Read More

The Jet Reaction during a test run in England

It takes a certain kind of person to take on Land Speed Record (LSR) racing. When you’re doing 300 mph (482 km/h), or more, things can go real wrong, real fast. Now imagine doing that on a motorcycle. Now imagine going over 400 mph (644 km/h) and you can see just how daunting, if not down right crazy, the task is.  Read More

Lyons Motor Car is set to debut its LM2 Streamliner prototype hypercar at the New York Aut...

Lyons Motor Car is not a carmaker with which many people will be familiar, having only been founded in 2011 and not having ever released a car. All that may be about to change though. If the firm is to be believed, it is set to unveil what will be the world's fastest car at the New York International Auto Show.  Read More

Fury 325 is a new roller coaster that will open this month at Carowinds in North Carolina

A theme park in North Carolina will soon be home to one of the tallest and fastest roller coasters in the world. Fury 325, at Carowinds, opens to the public at the end of this month. The ride will top out at 325 ft (99 m) and will hit speeds of 95 mph (153 km/h).  Read More

Plum Quick Motors claims to have set a new record for the world's fastest golf cart

Playing a round of golf can take a good few hours, not least because of the time taken to walk between shots. Using a golf cart can speed things up, of course, especially if it goes 118 mph (190 km/h). That's the speed Plum Quick Motors says one of its high speed golf carts has hit to claim a new world record.  Read More

Francois Gissy's rocket bicycle that took him to 333 km/h (207 mph) (Photo: Gerard Toutin ...

Last November, Frenchman Francois Gissy hit 285 km/h (177 mph) on a rocket-powered bicycle. Now, at the Circuit Paul Ricard in the South of France, he's knocked his own world record out of the park. Dialing in a massive 4.5 kN of thrust, which generates roughly the equivalent of 560 horsepower (418 kW), Gissy took his rickety-looking rocket bike up to a monstrous 333 km/h (207 mph), hitting top speed in just 4.8 seconds and generating about 1.96 Gs worth of acceleration. We had a quick chat with Gissy, who tells us he's hoping his next run will put him over 400 km/h (249 mph) in less than two seconds on a machine he's calling the "Spine Crusher."  Read More

Bloudhound SSC has confirmed that the first world land speed record test runs will take pl...

Having announced its intention in 2008 to attempt a new land speed world record, the Bloodhound team has now begun its 12-month countdown to the first test runs in South Africa. The milestone was marked yesterday with a test of the communications equipment at high-speed.  Read More

Grimsel has claimed a new world record for acceleration in electric cars: 0 to 100 km/h (6...

Students from ETH Zurich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts have claimed a new world record for electric car acceleration. Piloting their EV dubbed "Grimsel" from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 1.785 seconds in less than 30 meters, the students smashed the previous record of 2.134 seconds set by the Delft University of Technology in 2013.  Read More

Electron microscope scan of a THz circuit detailing its high-electron-mobility transistors

Getting into the Guinness Book of World Records isn't just about who can eat the most hotdogs or fly a paper airplane the highest. Sometimes it involves technological breakthroughs with huge potential. Guinness has handed DARPA’s Terahertz Electronics program the award for the fastest solid-state amplifier integrated circuit. Developed by Northrop Grumman, the Terahertz Monolithic Integrated Circuit (TMIC) is a ten-stage common-source amplifier that cranks speeds of one terahertz (1012 Hz), or one trillion cycles per second.  Read More

Detroit Electric has released final exterior designs of its upcoming SP:01 sportscar

Detroit Electric has released the final exterior design of its upcoming two-seater sports car, the SP:01. The company says it will be the world's fastest production electric sports car. The revised design features include a fastback rear, an added rear wing and reshaped air ducts.  Read More

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