These guys just broke the NY to LA Cannonball run record
The story of how three guys became the fastest people ever to cross the United States by car, with a time of 27 hours and 25 minutes
The Cannonball Run is a world-famous drive from the center of New York City, to the other side of the country in Los Angeles, California. Over the years many people have tried to break the record. The cannonball saw great fame and worldwide recognition after the release of the 1981 film, "Cannonball run" in 1981.
This movie injected a bunch of children, and child-minded adults to continue the tradition into the future. Back in 2013 Ed Bolian from the YouTube channel VinWiki set the record at a time of 28 hours and 50 minutes. However, just earlier today VinWiki announced that there is a new record holder.
Doug Tabutt, Arne Toman, and Berkeley Chadwick (seen above) left Midtown Manhattan in their highly customized 2015 E63 AMG at 12:57 a.m. and arrived in Redondo Beach, California 27 hours and 25 minutes later, whilst shattering Bolian's old record by an astonishing 85 minutes.
The silver Mercedes e63 AMG was highly modified for the historic record attempt. The car managed to produce a claimed 700 HP, via upgraded turbos, downpipes, intercoolers and intake manifold.
However, to avoid police the trio were no less serious. The silver Mercedes was equipped with two radar detectors, a laser jammer system and an aircraft-grade collision avoidance system, something which is used to avoid in-air collisions amongst airplanes. They also had a CB radio, to monitor police communications.
Furthermore, the car was made to look as generic as possible, with brake light kill switches, and masked off carbon fibre. They even went as far as to cover up the carbon fibre splitter to make themselves less conspicuous. This worked as a member of their team overheard police officers being unable to identify the vehicle on their radio, and simply referring to it as, "a silver passenger car".
The trio was also helped by 18 friends all across to country to refuel, spot police, and traffic-divergence. The silver Mercedes averaged a speed of 103 mph, with a max speed of 193 mph. That includes stops for fuel and food, which is pretty astonishing when you think about it.
Isn't all this illegal?
This was very, very, very illegal. These three speed demons were consistently going three times the speed limit, which in many US states means jail time. However, there is such a thing as the Statute of Limitations. Which means that even though these three people did break the law, they can no longer be prosecuted one year after their crime. What this means is that while the new record was announced just a few hours ago, it actually took place about one year ago. So, our law-defying trio have indeed escaped justice!