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Old 16th March 2010, 04:15   #1
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TopGunRun.com Standing Mile Competition Miami - WORLD RECORD OF 253MPH IN A FORD GT

Coincidentally, similar to Stormster's experience yesterday in the UK at the VMax Supercar event, I attended the TopGunRun.com event in the everglades yesterday. I apologize in advance for the lack of good photos, but it was a last minute deal and I had nothing more than my iPhone with me.

So I was at work on aSunday morning when my buddy calls me up to tell me he was going out to this event with his dad who has a supercharged Jeep SRT8 and I could barely get through my day at work. As soon as I could, at 4:00 I jumped in my M5 and hauled a.ss to the event which was incredible!

So the deal is this: In 1968, the state of Florida decided to begin construction on the worlds largest airport in the middle of the evergalades with a connecting train to downtown Miami. After one year of construction, the environmentalists got involved and killed the deal, leaving a 2-mile long, 200 foot wide strip of perfectly flat land behind! Now it's just used as a practice landing strip for new pilots and some military activity. It's about a one hour drive from downtown through the evrerglades, which has it's own sort of beauty.

The event sets up at the beginning of the runway and has the speed metering equipment at exactly one mile to get your standing mile speed. Once you pass that mark, you have another full mile to slow down, so you can push it as hard as you'd like to get the the milemarker.

So I get to the event, which I though would be winding down, but amazingly, it was in full effect! The biggest showing at the event were Ford GT's, Porsche Turbos and some twin turbo Gallardo's. The numbers were amazing...a twin turbo Gallardo hit 199mph, a Supra hit 196, a BMW 135 hit 177! and the best of the best, a Twin-Turbo Ford GT with 1800 HP broke the world standing mile record at 253 MPH! It was an incredible car, but unfortunately I got there after that took place. The other stock ford GT's were hitting around 180 and another one hit 190 with a woman behind the wheel!

Close to the end of the day, they decided for some of the driver's that didn't hit 200 mph, the moved the finish line to 1.25 miles and I convinced the coordinator of the event (with $20) to get me to the starting line for a single run...after borrowing someone's helmet, I got to the line and when i got the thumbs up, I nailed it in S5 and the car just flew! I kept going and going until the HUD displayed 155, lost a bit of power, then the speedo creeped up to 157....159....162....164....then hit 165 at about the mile marker! The car just felt like it was gliding at that point, so I let off and was already slowing down by the time i passed the 1.25 marker which gave me a slow time of 137. To be honest, it was my first time exceeding 145 mph, and I had never been down that runway before, so I played it safe.

My car is 100% stock so I wonder how fast I was really going when the speedo hit 165. I've heard that our speedos are a little generous. Now since I have a real baseline, I've got the itch to remove the governor with a slightly modded ecu and see what kind of numbers I can get in the Fall for the next event!

There was only one other V10 BMW...it was an '08 M6 Convert that hit 167. I spoke with him and he said he had K&N filters and a chipped ECU. I though he would have been faster than that, huh?

Anyway, it was an incredible time and an amazing experience that I just needed to share with you all. Ive had my car for just about three weeks now and am completely amazed by it.

Here are a few of my pics from the event. The blue & white Ford GT in the background of the picture of a red Z06 is the GT that hit 253. The picture of the guy standing next to the #4 Blue & Orange Ford GT is the actual designer of the GT - his name is Camilo Pardo and that's his personal GT. He was there along with some of the other GT owners and was a pretty nice guy!
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Old 16th March 2010, 04:21   #2
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That is AWESOME. Wish I had a place around here where we could do that. I would have loved to see that TT Ford GT
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I had a couple buddies that participated in that event and really wished I lived closer so I could have come down and seen what my car could

run on such a long runway...I would be interested to see the differences in trap speeds with differently modded M5's as well.
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WOW. that would be my dream to do this.

Im surprised the TTG's only hit 199. Is that ford GT going to the texas mile?
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The Dade-Collier airstrip is just awesome. It is a perfectly flat slab of 2 miles built exactly with the earth's curvature calculations.
This was originally built intended for the French Concorde SST to land away from the city of Miami. Between to termination of the SST program and the "enviromentalist" the project to develop and build an airport in the Everglades was canned.
This South Florida event has the potential to become bigger than the Texas Mile. As a facility it is much better. The Texas Mile is only 1.5 mile long. The problem is that So. Florida is not very central to the country.
The next Miami Mile event will be April 10th. There's a local white Ford GT that will challenge.

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I have a feeling the record might not hold for a more than 2 weeks.
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I know what you mean. SW's TT Lambo means business.

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Looks like we both had an awsome weekend! Some great cars there!
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April 25th there is an event it looks like with a lot of high end cars and TT Lambo's etc. Exotics Rally Forum

Too bad my car would be the slowest one there lol. I really need a race car so I can compete
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