Fastest you've driven - recently - grafen
Saw about 115 on the clock on a nice empty stretch of motorway a couple of weeks back...
Fastest you've driven - recently - George Porge
Its a wonder your gizzard did'nt burst ;-)


Fastest you've driven - recently - Robin Reliant
90 on a single carriageway last Tuesday evening. Mot coming up soon and I'd just put some diesel injector cleaner in the tank.
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Fastest you've driven - recently - stunorthants
Not recently, but have seen an indicated 140mph in a Ford Scorpio 24V.
Fastest you've driven - recently - Pugugly {P}
Three figures - two years ago - quiet road 3.00am, the car was max'd (IMHO) but I was overtaken by a Scoobie !!!!
Not saying where though.

115 on the bike a couple of weeks since...
Fastest you've driven - recently - grafen
Beats me stu.. 136 is my PB...
Fastest you've driven - recently - martint123
Indicated 140, but was on an old airstrip. No comment elsewhere.
Fastest you've driven - recently - type's'
I was driving an Opel Astra hire car in Germany a couple of weeks ago at 110 mph (converted from kph as indicated on foreign car speedo). A 5 series came up behind me as if I was standing still. I couldn't get out the way quick enough.
Fastest you've driven - recently - Pugugly {P}
They do that !
Fastest you've driven - recently - grafen
OK Pug, what was YOUR speedo reading? 140+ perhaps...
Fastest you've driven - recently - SjB {P}
Depends what "recently" means.

130 on the bike's speedo yesterday (so probably nearer 120 or so actual) and a mere 80 in the Volvo today, but 158 on the GPS (so almost certainly pretty close to accurate, with the speedo off the top of the 160mph clock) when driving the Volvo through Germany to the Czech Republic last summer.
Fastest you've driven - recently - Nsar
Given your other thread, I think that will be/should be a memory quite soon.
Fastest you've driven - recently - David Horn
130 in the passenger seat of a friend's new Mini Cooper S.
Fastest you've driven - recently - SjB {P}
My earlier post states the fastest I've recently driven and ridden, but missed the fastest I've ever been, which was actually pillion on a Honda Blackbird; 178MPH on the clock - no I couldn't see it for myself! - on the A11 dual carriageway between Wymondham and Norwich. Getting there was totally without drama and involved pure, relentless acceleration that didn't start to tail off until the thick end of one sixty. Hard to describe unless experienced and an impressive demonstration of modern bike engineering. Having slowed down to sixty or so - below the limit - about thirty seconds later we saw a police Subaru in the rear view mirrors, parked on a slip road from a bridge so out of sight until passed. Ahem; rather lucky.

Fastest you've driven - recently - Pugugly {P}
Probably using the shadow from the bridge as a VASCAR reference.
Fastest you've driven - recently - Pugugly {P}
No cough no job (as they say) it was "sufficient" as they say. The Scoobie's was excessive. ;-(
Fastest you've driven - recently - Bo-ard
140 in a Fiat Coupe 20v Turbo and 154 on a Honda VFR800 - but not saying exactly when or where! Also managed up to about 140 in their 996 Turbo at Thruxton a couple of years back.
Fastest you've driven - recently - blue_haddock
241mph in a tricked up Dodge Viper round the nurburgring.

Whilst playing on Gran Turismo!
Fastest you've driven - recently - leef
155 (thats all it would go upto) in my bosses M3 on the M66.... he was driving though :)
Fastest you've driven - recently - Altea Ego
since I now have little leeway in the way of ticks in my book, the fastest TVM has driven this year is 77mph. (the vans speed warning chime is set to 81mph indicated, thats 77mph sat nav)
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Fastest you've driven - recently - piggy
Hope you lot don`t visit Mr.Brumstrom`s patch. It seems to me the police over here are only interested in picking off motorists travelling .00001 over the speed limit,while all around them others deal in a different kind of "speed" with impunity. Rant over!

All the way up to six if I have to...and maybe faster than you.


Fastest you've driven - recently - AngryJonny
Hope you lot don`t visit Mr.Brumstrom`s patch. It seems to
me the police over here are only interested in picking off
motorists travelling .00001 over the speed limit,while all around them others
deal in a different kind of "speed" with impunity. Rant
over!
All the way up to six if I have to...and maybe
faster than you.


I grew up in Brunstrom's patch - and (touch wood) my licence has always been clean. I'm quite heavy on the right-foot sometimes too. Cameras are unforgiving - but my experience of traffic cops is that they're decent enough chaps who apply common sense to the majority of ciscumstances. They'll do you if you're removing the Michael, though.
Fastest you've driven - recently - Citroënian {P}
Beat me to it....was going to say 323kph in the Skyline
Lee -- You know, it\'s not like changing toothpaste
Fastest you've driven - recently - Citroënian {P}
^^ That's been lost in the flat view - it's a reply to blue haddock and is on GT4 too....
Lee -- You know, it\'s not like changing toothpaste
Fastest you've driven - recently - cub leader
255 in a Koenigsegg on the main straight at Nurburgring, Not on Gran Tourismo!!!

project gotham racing 3 instead!!!!
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Fastest you've driven - recently - hm
163mph on the motorbike and 142mph from the scooby....Bruntingthorpe Airfield (do quite a bit of work there, get to play track sometime)...er not going to say what speeds I do on roads....but do not hang a round...
Fastest you've driven - recently - DP
105 in the car last week.

160 (indicated) on the ZX7R before I sold it last year. Banging on the rev limiter (12,500 RPM) in 6th.

Fastest you've driven - recently - Simon
I've seen 160mph on my Yamaha R6, it will go a little more but the corner at the end of the straight bit presents a problem. This of course is on my private 'ahem' test track that looks remarkably similar to a b-road not so far from me. And before I get flamed, I don't make a habit of this, but you've got to test out the machinery that you own at least once in its lifetime.
Fastest you've driven - recently - smokie
142 in the Omega on autobahns en route to Nurburgring a few weeks back. And was cruising for many miles at indicated 130.

it goes quicker though, had it to 150 (on the clock) on the same journey last year.
Fastest you've driven - recently - DP
The 7 was running a tooth smaller front sprocket which lowered the gearing. The speedo drive came off the front wheel though, so the speedo reading would have stayed the same.

It didn't half fly off the line though! :o))

This was on a "private" dual carriageway at 3am between two junctions with no over bridges, plod ramps or hard shoulder. I held it for maybe 20 seconds and then bottled it and backed off.

The bike should max out at a genuine 165 - I reckon allowing for speedo optimism I was probably doing 145-150 tops, but the only way it was going any faster was if a 7th gear appeared by magic. No more revs to play with.

Cheers
DP
Fastest you've driven - recently - Martin Devon
The 7 was running a tooth smaller front sprocket which lowered
the gearing. >>
Cheers
DP

Have I got it wrong or does a smaller front sprocket raise the gearing.

MD
Fastest you've driven - recently - DP
Smaller front sprocket lowers the gearing (as does a bigger back sprocket).

Think of the derailleur gears on a pushbike. 1st gear is the smallest sprocket on front and biggest sprocket on back.


Cheers
DP
Fastest you've driven - recently - R75
Recently only 85 on the motorway, in the past an indicated 163 on my bike and 130 in a car - dont really bother speeding anymore as i cant be bothered to rush.
Fastest you've driven - recently - nick
'ello 'ello 'ello what's all this going on 'ere then?
Fastest you've driven - recently - Galaxy
85 driving in my own car last week.

Fastest ever, 140 as a passenger in my friends XJ12 many year ago on the A12 at 3.00am.
Fastest you've driven - recently - mss1tw
110 on the M3 yesterday for about 2 seconds, plenty more left in it too.

Can't wait till I can make it to the autobahns!
Fastest you've driven - recently - bell boy
i once nearly got into 5th gear on a motorway near me but seing as i was turning off 20 miles further down i didnt bother ,
45mph is fast though isnt it
Fastest you've driven - recently - oldgit
I have to question the usefullness of such a thread and the veracity of the contents contained therein.

However the fastest that I have ever been driven i.e. by someone else and in their car, was about 120 mph and that was in a BMW 5 series (the ones before Bangle ruined the shape of them).

I've never exceeded a true 100mph in any car that I've owned - just don't feel safe on our crowded roads and as I don't really 'do' Motorways then I wouldn't find the opportunity, would I?
Fastest you've driven - recently - smokie
"I have to question the usefullness of such a thread and the veracity of the contents contained therein."

It's a mens room bragging thread :-)

Glad to see you joined in anyway :-) :-)
Fastest you've driven - recently - LeePower
Had 140mph on the speedo of a 306 GTI 6 a while ago.

The 206 will do 114mph once it gets going, Not bad for a 1.4.
Fastest you've driven - recently - Westpig
Had my bike (Honda Blackbird) showing 290kmh on a wide long spanish A road couple of years ago, on a lads biking holiday....which is an indicated 181mph, but in reality it would have been about 165 or 170 i suppose.

Was all smug as it took me a couple of miles to catch my mates Yamaha Thunderace.... and then another mate came past me on his Suzuki Hyabusa, so God knows what he was doing.

Stupid really, we were like kids........ big hairy men, with good, sensible jobs, lying flat across the tank to get another mile an hour out of it......... can you imagine the carnage if a tractor had appeared...as they do.

Don't tell the wives...
Fastest you've driven - recently - Lud
It isn't the maximum speed you hit, it's the average rate you cover the ground. On empty A roads one can make very satisfactory progress in the small hours without reaching excessive speeds, although a small margin of illegality is then comfortable and well worth maintaining. Indeed with the right sort of weekday traffic - white vans and hustling commuters - it's possible to do this in daylight too, although spoiling tactics by aggressive mimsers can always ruin it.
Fastest you've driven - recently - aaflyer
Oh, 74mph in my Punto. That's the fastest - ever!

It's marked to 110 (laughable, since the published top speed is 103), but over 70 it feels like it's coming apart and the steering goes worryingly light! I think to get it to 103 we need to consider dumping it out the back of a Herc at 5000ft and measuring velocity (come on, Top Gear, could be an idea for next season...)

As for all these speeds quoted by other back roomers:

(i) Is there the possibility of the fisherman and his fish story, ie the size/speed increases with each telling...;
(ii) Stop boasting and think about the stupidity of some of your speeds /actions on others. Ok. many will say on empty road, etc., but what about your families when they get the call or knock on the door to say that you are in 5 bits on a mortuary slab...

AA
Fastest you've driven - recently - Lud
Actually aaf a newish small-engined hire Punto in Spain the other week would wind up to 160ks or more, and stay there on the flat, but its handling didn't really inspire confidence on those tight Spanish motorway bends, and it was happier driven more or less legally. Anyway ran out of breath up steep hills.
Fastest you've driven - recently - Nsar
The fastest I've ever driven was Propriano to Ajaccio and back in 3 hours. That takes some doing.

In this country, home to Liverpool Airport in January when a journey I allowed a comfortable 1 hour for took me 27 minutes thanks to a duff alarm clock which meant I overslept by 45 minutes.

Fastest you've driven - recently - psi
averaged an indicated 98 over 38 miles in a '90 1.1 pug 205, driveshaft support bearing gave up the ghost two days after, sold the car after that, really not built for that kind of speed and was a COMPLETE wreck afterwards.
Fastest you've driven - recently - drbe
69.9 mph on the M25 recently. It took some doing.

Can anyone beat it?
Fastest you've driven - recently - psi
average from in car computer of... 6.7mph between J12 & J13 a couple of weeks ago!!!
Fastest you've driven - recently - mss1tw
average from in car computer of... 6.7mph between J12 & J13
a couple of weeks ago!!!


Maniac.
Fastest you've driven - recently - Bagpuss
I was driving an Opel Astra hire car in Germany a couple of weeks ago at 110 mph (converted from kph as
indicated on foreign car speedo). A 5 series came up behind me as if I was standing still. I couldn't get out
the way quick enough.


I have the benefit of living close to an unrestricted Autobahn and regularly drive, traffic allowing, flat out from Munich to Regensburg on the A93. On one occasion I was travelling at an indicated 270km/h (probably closer to 250km/h since that's when the speed limiter cuts in) and I had to pull over to let by 3 Porsche Turbos travelling in convoy. They also blazed past like I was standing still.

What amazes me about high powered german cars is that you can actually still steer and brake at these sort of speeds.
Fastest you've driven - recently - Pugugly {P}
What amazes me about high powered german cars is that you can actually still steer and brake at these sort of speeds.

And the world doesn't end - as we've been bred to believe in the UK


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Fastest you've driven - recently - AlastairW
Slight digression. I like to max each car I own at least once, purely to 'see what she'll do' as it were. My pitiful history is as follows:
Fiat Panda, 999Fire, 4spd, 83mph
VW Polo 1043cc, 4spd, 95mph
Fiesta Mk3, 1.1, 5spd, 105mph (with the aid of a steep hill)
Pug 306 xrdt, 5spd, 110mph
Focus 1.8, 5spd, 120mph
Anybody else do this?
Fastest you've driven - recently - Pugugly {P}
No of course not never done that, it obsviously dangerous and more of a threat to a safe soceity than a busful of drug pushers, ;-)
Fastest you've driven - recently - Honestjohn
Huge variation of speed and experience here. You can actually pull higher speeds on two lane blacktops where you won't be seen than on motorways where you probably will be. The thing is, if you are going to go very quickly you have to look a lot further ahead. So if the car is doing 140 and accelerating, if you see a sign for a sideroad ahead something could very easily pull out of it into your path thinking you are doing 60. That's the difference between road and track. You can safely pull 150 on public roads, but you cannot sustain it. You always have to stay super alert for other, much slower drivers. Then you don't have accidents. And, hopefully, you don't get done.

(I should have added that the cars that accelerate most quickly also tend to be abe to brake the most quickly, and that makes a very big difference. In a Mercedes E63 AMG or a current M5 you can knock off 100mph in the distance it takes for an ordinary car to knock off 50mph.)

HJ
Fastest you've driven - recently - Pugugly {P}
.....and it makes a considrable difference to the sheep and car f you hit one at 150mph...................!
Fastest you've driven - recently - nortones2
Just drivers? How about other road users, with a greater speed differential. Maybe a lack of foresight creates the sad end to many supercar drivers with more money than skill. As for braking I doubt the propaganda, HJ. Try the SS and other brake and driver reaction time equations, and you''ll find that the extra braking distance from say 120 versus 70 is considerable, assuming road tyres on public roads @1.0g and 0.5 seconds reaction time. 120mph = 190 yards. 70mph = 72 yards. i don't believe that an M5 would brake much more quickly than 1g.
Fastest you've driven - recently - Honestjohn
I find instinct a lot more reliable than mathematics. physics, equations, dogma and rulebooks. You know when you can pull 140 safely. And you know when you can't drive at 30 safely, Like, for instance, when a 4 year old kid you'd been watching on the sidewalk suddenly disappears into a shadow.

HJ

Fastest you've driven - recently - No FM2R
>>I find instinct a lot more reliable than

Instinct is something you are born with. You are not born with the ability to drive a car. It is a learned skill. I think you'll find "judgement" is the point you're trying to make.And whilst judgement may well be better than dogma and rulebooks, it will fail to conquer physics.

Even allowing for that, I am interested in how your "instinct" determines when a tyre is likely to let go, when there will be debris in the road, or when an animal is likely to appear from nowhere.

I do not believe that 140mph is *EVER* safe on a public road. And yes, I have done that and more. Doesn't make it right. Doesn't make me big or clever. However, there may be times when the risk is acceptable to you. Now perhaps that's fine with your driving and perhaps your judgement is good, but there are some nutters and incompetents out there and I would rather not be subject to their judgement of risk and safety.

And even with good judgement, you are mroe likely to be wrong at 140mph than to be wrong at 40mph. And the consequences will be somewhat more noticable as well.
Fastest you've driven - recently - Lud
I do not believe that 140mph is *EVER* safe on a
public road. And yes, I have done that and more. Doesn't
make it right. Doesn't make me big or clever. However, there
may be times when the risk is acceptable to you.
And even with good judgement, you are mroe likely to be
wrong at 140mph than to be wrong at 40mph. And the
consequences will be somewhat more noticable as well.


You're being honest FMR but missing the point slightly.

The question is where do you draw the line between acceptable and unacceptable risk? It's an individual thing, very variable obviously and as you point out for very good reason. But I have to say you can't be a po-faced safety freak and a sporting motorist at the same time, Toad crossed with Ken Livingstone... Which side are you really on?
Fastest you've driven - recently - No FM2R
>>The question is where do you draw the line between acceptable and unacceptable risk?

You can't. And that's the issue. Because two different people will draw the line in two different places. Even reasonable people might decide substantially differently and, isnce it sfrequently almost religious, never reach agreement.

Inevitably therefore, even in a non Livingston/Blair world, the law will step in and dictate a line. That will be too slow for some, for most perhaps, and too fast for others. I don't know how you get around that except perhaps loading the roads up with significant numbers of trained police drivers who will then make subjective decisions based on their feelings of your speed and your driving competence and behaviour.

Trouble is, we used to have that and it is very expensive, and people won't pay, and the guy who is told by the police he was driving badly will not accept it and will then go into every letter and comma of the law to prove that he wasn't wrong or incompetent. To combat that we move to rules enforced without judgement - for example by cameras.

Oh....

>>But I have to say you can't be a po-faced safety freak and a sporting motorist at the same time

I don't really understand why you would "have to say" that, but if you're asking me, then I would not consider myself to be a member of either group.

>>Which side are you really on?

Neither do I feel the need to chose between "sides" simply to satisfy anybody's need to categorise.
Fastest you've driven - recently - Lud
> >>Which side are you really on?
Neither do I feel the need to chose between "sides" simply
to satisfy anybody's need to categorise.


I suppose you're saying it all for the sake of argument FMR, but by admitting to having driven over 140mph you clearly identify yourself as Toad, and by implying, as you do, that merely going that fast is risky in itself, you align yourself with the other lot... of course I am aware that we're all unique, complex etc. and would never seek to categorise a fellow enthusiast as anything else... or aren't you that either :o)?
Fastest you've driven - recently - No FM2R
and by implying, as you do, that merely going that fast is risky in itself, you align yourself with the other lot.


No, I did not imply that. I stated it. That does not align me with anybody. I do not align myself with one "lot" or the other. If you feel more comfortable doing so, then by all means carry on.

By the way, would you maintain that driving at 140mph is or is not inherently more risky than driving at 30mph. That is not to say that either is 100% safe, but simply that there is more risk with one than the other ?

>>I suppose you're saying it all for the sake of argument FMR

Like most of your conclusions that would appear to be flawed. And that would be "No FM2R", not some arbitrary collecition of some of the letters.
would never seek to categorise a fellow enthusiast as anything else... or aren't you that either :o)?


Why do you have this need to categorise me as anything ?

Fastest you've driven - recently - LeePower
I remember reading an Autocar road test from back in 1988 for a Peugeot 405 1.9 SRI, They managed a 1.1 G stop in the wet without ABS brakes ( optional extra that wasnt fitted ) on normal 185 65 14 H rated Pirelli P6 tyres.

Pretty sure a M5 could pull more then 1G under braking.
Fastest you've driven - recently - Chad.R
I always thought (perhaps incorrectly) that when you get raised off the seat during heavy braking, you must be generating more than 1G simply to overcome gravity?
Fastest you've driven - recently - DP
Not forgetting of course that gentle bends on motorways and dual carriageways are often quite different kettles of fish at 140+. Particularly on a bike!
Fastest you've driven - recently - artful dodger {P}
>>In a Mercedes E63 AMG or a current M5 you can knock off 100mph in the distance it takes for an ordinary car to knock off 50mph.

IIRC Top Gear managed to get a car to stop from 70mph in the distance the Highway Code says is necessary for 30mph. It took a number of attempts, but they did it.


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Fastest you've driven - recently - Happy Blue!
Can confirm HJ's thoughts. pulled an indicated 115mph on the A6 dual carriageway from Whaley Bridge to Chapel-en-le-frith a month ago. A dry day, no traffic and no junctions for three miles. The car felt better all day afterwards.
Fastest you've driven - recently - trancer
In a car: Indicated 135MPH and it was still accelerating.

On a bike: Indicated 180MPH (but speedo was off due to gearing change) and that was all she had to give. Throttle wound open to the stop in 6th and held there for a good 20 miles.

If anyone is interested where I achieved the speed here is a link to the map.

tinyurl.co.uk/v2ub

Its the US 27 (divided dual carriageway) between I-75 and Belle Glade. Long straight road, no junctions (the blue lines are irrigation canals) and the odd farm gate/entrance would have been shut on those very early sunday mornings. In any case you can see for miles ahead due to the flat terrain, though the biggest danger would be from animals in the road which aren't as easy to spot. 10ft long alligators, while dangerous in their own right, present an even more formidable danger if you hit them at triple digit speeds 8-)
Fastest you've driven - recently - Big Vern
Last week across several cars I got an indicated 161mph breifly on one as the speed overshot the 160mph the limiter would alow the car to do.

All cars were AMG mercs on a test track and I can vouch that they stop very quickly even on a damp surface... and the ESP works very well indeed!

I had one car to 150mph on the autoban on the way to the track late at night, but on the way home during the day I only briefly managed 135mph.

The SLK was down abit on top speed as it had a V6 but it would be ahead of the pack until you went for sixth around 130MPH.

Big speeds are very pointless, I was getting 30 - 45 minutes out of a full tank of fuel. If you lived in fairy tale land were you could sustain this speed it would be quicker to travel closer to 100Mph and re-fuel less often.

The 5.5 V8's had about 2,000 rpm left to give, teasing you when at thier limited top speed. Under full throttle the limiter wall can be quite a severe, especially as you are too busy looking at the road ahead to notice when it is approaching. A HUD of the speed would have been usefull for this.

The Mercedes adaptave cruise control runs out of steam at 200kph, which is probably a good thing. If you cannot apply the brakes yourself you should not be going that fast!

Fastest you've driven - recently - reevsie
i do the same and my list is thus:
nova 1.2 105mph downhill - valves were certainly bouncing
escort 1.3 l-reg 110mph
honda coupe 1.5 132mph downhill
escort gti 1.8 132mph
leon cupra 148mph in germany with a bmw 330 diesel - couldnt overtake him!
rover 414 n-reg 115mph
peugeot 406 est 1.8 115mph - it really is a slow barge!

current car is the 406 so i wont be setting any pb's anytime soon!
Fastest you've driven - recently - turbo11
155mph(limited) on the track.
Fastest you've driven - recently - Mike-H
At risk of upsetting the thread slightly, I remember doing an indicated 100 mph for the first time in the back of my uncles Austin Cambridge, up the M1 early 60's. No seat belt either! Fantastic.
Fastest you've driven - recently - PatrickO
155mph in the Vectra Gsi on the M6 at about 5am. I'm trying to get some work closer to home or changing it for a diesel as I can't help it.
Fastest you've driven - recently - Martin Devon
146 mph (indicated) in a 1984 Ford Sierra 2.8 twin wing thingy, God what was it called? It had been 'done' by Turbo Technics at the time and had a 2 stage turbo fitted with a switch on the dash that gave it another 30 or so bhp if the memory is correct. Going past Northholt aerodrome heading for the Polish war memorial it decided to flick the back out. The driver backed off then and I distributed the andrex! The air was thick that night..........................Boys eh!

vbr.......................................MD.
Fastest you've driven - recently - Pugugly {P}
XR4 aye.
Fastest you've driven - recently - Martin Devon
XR4 aye.


So simple Sir, but me brain left me temporarily! thanks..................................MD
Fastest you've driven - recently - Adam {P}
Nowhere near as quick as some of the people on here but managed 120 for about 10 solid minutes yesterday! Thing is, it doesn't feel anywhere near as fast as it really is.

The question is, was I driving or not?!

;-)
Fastest you've driven - recently - Lud
You weren't in the Eurostar were you Adam? That feels pretty slow too.
Fastest you've driven - recently - spikeyhead {p}
its been a few months since I sat in the passenger seat of a 911 GT3 doing 165mph, but not in this country. Three lane motorway, clear visibility for 3 miles, no other cars in sight.

I've jsut been using the old mondeo diesel recently, so haven't been over 90 in a while.

Fastest ever was about 190, but that was on the track.
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Fastest you've driven - recently - Big Bad Dave
Had a spectacular barney with my x-wife ten years ago the evening before we were due to fly on holiday (she'd discovered my hidden drug stash). We fought through the night and consequently overslept. I remember doing 120+ on the North Circular almost constantly between Palmers Green and the bottom of the M11 at about 5.00am. We made the flight but were too late to get seats together on the plane. Fortunately.

The only other time I've driven at similar speed is through Germany. I was doing 130ish South of Berlin a few weeks ago when I was passed by a Bugatti Veyron going considerably faster and making an incredible noise which woke my wife up and frightened the life out of me.
Fastest you've driven - recently - Pugugly {P}
BBD

Brilliant write up in this month's CAR by Georg Kacher on the new Bentley. Definate good read in CAR's style.

Another car on my wish list........
Fastest you've driven - recently - Pugugly {P}
or Bugatti even........
Fastest you've driven - recently - Big Bad Dave
"or Bugatti even..."

I knew it was something special when I saw it closing rapidly in the mirrors. It was fast and wonderful, but I wasn't prepared for the noise it made.
Fastest you've driven - recently - Pugugly {P}
Oh I want one if only to drive for a day, I want, I want, I want.
Fastest you've driven - recently - Pugugly {P}
HAng on, I've realized. Much as I enjoyed JC's Top Gear "test" of the Bugatti, I didn't realise how much It didn;t actually
float my boat until read the CAR article.....there's something about the well written word.........still.
Fastest you've driven - recently - Adam {P}
No Lud - in a lowly Mazda! It wasn't me driving either - still felt dead slow though and there was a horrific noise with ths sunroof open - felt like we were going to take off!
Fastest you've driven - recently - Tomo
Unfortunately, being a windy old blighter and having put my name in my profile, I am not inclined to enter a figure for Toad the Supra; pity, it would be competitive!
Fastest you've driven - recently - Lud
It's all right Tomo. You can just say you were lying when they come round with the handcuffs.
Fastest you've driven - recently - BB
155mph (limited) Volvo S60 T5.
Fastest you've driven - recently - defender
videos.streetfire.net/video/wm/351bfb5c-96f3-43c2-9e18-45e6e0e6760c.htm
This site here will give a breif instruction on how a proper car should be driven at speed

{As per all links to sites with video content, link made non clickable. Copy / paste the above web address into your url bar, and add htttp:// to the front of it - DD}
Fastest you've driven - recently - cheddar
Probably about 90 in the car and perhaps 95 on the bike recently.

As per DP I had a ZX7R which I sold last year, it had a full titanium Akrapovic, jetted and carb mods etc, OZ racing wheels, a factory RR Kawasaki single seat ets etc etc, on std gearing it would probaly have pulled 180 though I reckon I did 110 max on these camera ridden roads, I enjoyed the acceleration (and noise) at lower speeds and the sublime handling. The fastest I have done on a bike was an indicated 145 on my FZR600 about 15 years ago, I was on the redline in 5th just changing to 6th on the A3 between Cobham and Guildford before coming up to a rather tight (for a three lane dual carriageway) bend, going by the rev counter it was a genuine 140.

I have done over 125 in my modded Dolomite Sprint, around 130 on the Lotus, Hethel test track in an Elise, in addition to the bikes I have had various cars capable of 130 to 140 ish though have never had the opportunity to max them, when on the continent and on suitable roads I have had the kids on board so would not risk it. The only exception being a 1996 Vectra SRi 2.0 across Belgium into Germany, lovely crisp engine, would sit all day at an indicated 125mph and pull over 130 with ease.

Fastest you've driven - recently - DP
As per DP I had a ZX7R which I sold last
year, it had a full titanium Akrapovic, jetted and carb
mods etc


That should have been knocking out a genuine 140 bhp or thereabouts then if well set up... Lovely. :-)

>>and the sublime handling

I remember it well. So stable, so much feel, so unfazed by anything you could throw at it. Going all misty eyed now... I did the right thing selling it. I did the right thing selling it. I did.....

And shallow as this might seem, it's up there with the Ducati 916 and the F4 as one of the all time lookers in my opinion.

Cheers
DP
Fastest you've driven - recently - cheddar
And shallow as this might seem, it's up there with the
Ducati 916 and the F4 as one of the all time
lookers in my opinion.


Agreed, the new BIKE has a feature on the top 10 most beautiful bike designs, the 916 won and the F4 was, I think, 4th not a ZX7R in sight, philistines! Also no OWO1, OWO2 (R7) RC45 (though the RC30 is featured) RD500, Z1, FZ750 etc etc.
Fastest you've driven - recently - DP
no OWO1, OWO2 (R7) RC45


What?!

I'd hate to meet their girlfriends...
Fastest you've driven - recently - Lud
I thought those Volvos were FWD?

Decently brisk supermarket carpark manoeuvring, I must say.
Fastest you've driven - recently - stevied
2 weeks ago today, doing 120 between Frankfurt and Cologne. Overtaken by Ferrari 550 as if I was parked....
Fastest you've driven - recently - dieselhead
130 mph (indicated) in a 1986 nissan silvia 1.8 with a very smoky engine
Fastest you've driven - recently - cheddar
130 mph (indicated) in a 1986 nissan silvia 1.8 with a
very smoky engine


... and a very dodgy speedo ;-)
Fastest you've driven - recently - dieselhead
130 mph (indicated) in a 1986 nissan silvia 1.8 with a
very smoky engine


... and a very dodgy speedo ;-)

LOL....there was nearly 5000rpm on the rev counter in 5th gear
Fastest you've driven - recently - khizman
Exactly 200 kilometers/h = 124.274238 miles/h

Mondeo TDCI on an autobahn, verified by GPS.

Car wouldn't go any faster unfortunatly.
Fastest you've driven - recently - Orson {P}
150 indicated in the XJS last year just outside Berlin, and did 145 on driver training in our shiny Mondeo ST (the 155 diesel) yesterday heading up the M1.

Mind you, I was on a police driving course....

O
Fastest you've driven - recently - cheddar
Intersting the last two posts, a 5 speed TDCi 130 is geard at about 31mph per 1000 rpm so at 125mph is pulling about 4100 rpm just where the power is starting to drop off, a 6 Speed is however geared to 35 mph per 1000 which makes it rather less responsive at normal speeds though does enable it to pull 130 though top gear is really too high IMO and was done for Co2 and Bik reasons.

With it's extra power the 2.2 155, also geared at around 35mph per 1000 rpm, would need to pull around 4200 rpm in top to do a genuine 145.

Intersting the difference that as little as 4mph / 1000 makes at those sort of speeds.
Fastest you've driven - recently - richy
>>thought those Volvos were FWD?

>>Decently brisk supermarket carpark manoeuvring, I must say.

Probably not standard! although it could be a 940/960 those were RWD. The quoted 8 sec @ 155 surely that can't be a 1/4 mile time?
Fastest you've driven - recently - Orson {P}
Hmmm - see what you're saying. Couldn't believe how fast it was though - really responsive and off at any speed. 3rd was poor though - need 4th just as you do a "normal" overtake at 65 or so - redlines at about 65 in 3rd. Quite happy going past in 4th though. 6th was really only motorway.

Shame though - I've had 2 days in the 6 speed ST, and now onto a 1.4 Pug diesel, and a rice pudding could pull the skin off it (well, the rice pudding in the canteen anyway!)

O
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Jaguar XJS V12 - comes with free personalised oil tanker.
Fastest you've driven - recently - ShineOnYouCrazyDiamond
26mph on the M25. I know you all think I'm lying (no way can he hit Double figures on the M25) but its true.

At one point I was up into 3rd gear!!
Fastest you've driven - recently - IanJohnson
824 MPH

GPS recorded (yes - EIGHT HUNDRED AND TWENTY FOUR) on the A38 south of Burton.

Nice long straight bit of road.

Thought about turning roung at Alrewas and going back the other way to make a land speed attempt! Car speedo was saying 65 so I decided TOM TOM was playing up and re-set it! One case of the speedo being more accurate than the GPS.
Fastest you've driven - recently - Big Bad Dave
Orson I'm really glad you're back. I was worried you were dead.

Did you sell your XJS? Why the long absence?

Dave
Fastest you've driven - recently - neil
remember doing an indicated 100 mph for the first time in the back of my uncles Austin Cambridge, up the M1 early 60's

I guess that was the oil pressure, or maybe the temperature gauge! ;-)
Fastest you've driven - recently - Railroad.
I had a 1986 Vauxhall Cavalier 1.8 SRi and would easliy get up to 120mph with more to spare. I sold it in 1999.
Fastest you've driven - recently - DP
I had a 1986 Vauxhall Cavalier 1.8 SRi and would easliy
get up to 120mph with more to spare. I sold it
in 1999.


Yup, I remember mine well. I had an indicated 130 a couple of times, but it was such a lovely engine to use. Great throttle response, a lovely growl, and would just zip round to the redline with no feeling of inertia or even a trace of harshness.

Did this with just 8 valves, one cam and primitve fuel injection too. A wonderful engine that still makes me question how much of the current multivalve obsession is for marketing rather than engineering reasons.

Would have kept it longer if it hadn't been totalled by an uninsured driver (while insured TPF&T). Grrr...

Cheers
DP
Fastest you've driven - recently - cheddar
Yup, I remember mine well. I had an indicated 130 a
couple of times, but it was such a lovely engine to
use. >>


With the greatest respect guys this is really a reflection on the optimism of 80's Vauxhall speedos rather than a 115 bhp 1.8 brick being able to do a genuine 130. A 1996 2.0 Vectra SRI with 136 BHP, much better aero and ideal gearing would "only" pull 128 to 130 in road tests.
Fastest you've driven - recently - jharvey5
565 MPH driving a nintendo game boy on a britannia 767 returning from menorca
 

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