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T​hese 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

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T​he 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.

T​his 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.

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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.

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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.

I​sn't all this illegal?

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Y​ES!!!

T​his 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!

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  • Okay, so these guys were running around at an 'average' of 105mph on public roads. Despite my love for cars and speed, this is just irresponsible for them to do so. They were obviously trying to evade the police by covering their taillights and removing badges, further with a police radio and radar equipment. Public roads are not your race track. If you want speed, go to Daytona International Speedway, you'll get tons of it on the oval. If you prefer driving for a long time, just drive 24 hours there. I won't care whatever you do on a closed, supervised track, but doing this on public roads just makes those guys nothing more than hooligans.

      8 months ago
    • You should watch the VINwiki video about this. And probably settle down.

        8 months ago
    • I don't care about "a video about this". These guys need to go in front of a judge.

        8 months ago
  • So unsafe to do those speeds on public roads. How cool will this be viewed if these guys rear end a school bus at 150 mph?

      8 months ago
    • Agreed! Yet, while the realist in me thinks these three should be penalized, (I know the statute of limitations is expired, and they’re free from prosecution), I’m also impressed and envious, I’ve dreamed of running the cannon ball since I...

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        8 months ago
    • That would be an entirely different story

        8 months ago
  • Now that's what I call an adventure!

      8 months ago
  • Wait, don’t they need to drive it both directions and take the average of the two for it to be an official record? 😁

      8 months ago
  • Oh, everyone calm down. It’s really cool when you think of all the planning they put into this. I bet none of you negative Nacy’s put that kind of thought into anything you do on a daily basis, so sit down.

      8 months ago
    • So if anything went slightly wrong, and they caused some fatalities in a massive pile-up, at least they did some detailed planning. Cool.

        8 months ago
    • I personally wouldn’t really care, sweetheart

        8 months ago
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