It seems that America is going to be playing a major role in the production car world speed record over the next few years. Sure, Bugatti may have stolen it from Washington-based Shelby Supercars (SSC) back in July with a 267.8 mph speed posted by the 1,200-hp Veyron SS, but SSC has a new car that will be gunning for a record recapture.
And a new American player--TranStar Racing--may just blow both of those current contenders out of the water. At least if we're willing to give the numbers they're attributing to their upcoming Dagger GT the benefit of the doubt. And there is definitely a lot of doubt.
You see, while TranStar has a venerable team assembled, a team that includes such industry notables as Phil Frank, designer behind the Saleen S7, and Tom Nelson, who's dramatic, uber-powerful engines will serve to motivate the Dagger, the numbers that they're currently floating seem more about inspiring investors and media coverage than about an actual four-wheeled, production vehicle.
The company claims that the Dagger GT will be capable of breaking the 300 mph mark. Not only does that make it over 30 mph faster than the tried-and-true Veyron SS, but TranStar actually lists an estimated top speed of 314 mph. Getting skeptical yet?
Yeah, it doesn't really get better from there. TranStar also claims a world-record-breaking standing-mile capability of 270 mph and a 0-to-60 mph time somewhere between 1.2 to 1.5 seconds. The former acceleration time would tie it with the world record holder--a Nissan dragster, and either would be significantly better than the quickest road-legal car, the Maxximus G-Force (2.134 seconds). If you plan to stop after you hit 60, you'll be able to go from 0 to 60 to 0 in around 4 seconds, according to TranStar's preliminary estimates.
And while you might think such a rocket would only be fast in a straight line, TranStar also expects to take the record at the world-famous (and curvy) Nurburgring track.
For some reason, it's chosen to take all those records on with a hard-top convertible as opposed to a straight coupe.
So it's easy to be skeptical about a car that exists only on paper. But TranStar has a pretty good plan for taking on all those records, even if it ends up falling short. The plan begins with a monstrous, 2000-hp 9.4-liter V8 engine (or a 2,500-hp engine if you don't want to be a sissy) that will put 2,000 lb-ft of torque onto the rear axle. That engine will suck down a gallon of gas in less than six minutes when pushed to the limit.
TranStar plans to get 5 Dagger GTs to market next year starting at around $450,000.
We'd love to see a 300-mph car under a half-mill, but somehow we don't think that we ever will. Hopefully, TranStar proves us (and all the other skeptics out there) wrong.