Time for more records of the world, this time we are talking speed!

With the Olympic games beginning tonight I thought I would give you some facts on the fastest speeds attained by different forms of travel! So here they are as I found them! Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!!!!

World’s Fastest Car:

 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport: 267  mph,  0-60 in 2.4 secs. Aluminum, Narrow Angle 8 Liter W16 Engine with 1200 hp, base price is $2,400,000. Although the Bugatti Veyron lost the title to SSC Ultimate Aero on March 2007, Bugatti challenge the record in Germany on July 10, 2010 with the new 2010 Super Sport Version and the Veyron once again claims the title of the fastest car in the world at 267 mph. The original Bugatti Veyron has a top speed of 253 mph, priced at $1,700,000 and equipped with 1001 hp.

Fastest Plane/Rocket:

HTV-2 was developed with one straightforward objective in mind: travel from anywhere on Earth to anywhere else on Earth in an hour. And with that goal in mind, DARPA has engineered a very fast vehicle. HTV-2 rides to near orbital speeds aboard a Minotaur rocket at which point it separates and enters a powered glide phase as it rides back to Earth at speeds topping Mach 20. That’s roughly 13,000 miles per hour (reportedly it is capable of a top speed approaching 17,000 miles per hour). In other words, fast enough to do New York to L.A. in 12 minutes, or London to Sydney in the aforementioned 60 minutes.

Fastest Train:

JR-Maglev MLX01 — Japan    •   Top Speed: 361 mph   •   Rail Type: Maglev

Japan’s status as the first adopter of high-speed rail in 1964 has made it a prime innovator and trailblazer in HSR technology. Currently, there is a network of seven Shinkansen passenger and freight bullet train lines spanning the entire country, with the Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo to Osaka as its main artery. As traditional steel-wheels-on-steel-rail technology reaches its limits, however, JR-Central, the trains’ owner and operator, has continued its decades-long research into maglev technology, which uses high powered magnets to levitate the train above the rails for faster speeds and reduced friction.

Fastest Motorcycle:

The BMW S1000RR is a sport bike initially made by BMW Motorrad to compete in the 2009 Superbike World Championship, that is now in commercial production.  BMW made 1,000 S1000RRs in 2009 to satisfy World Superbike homologation requirements, but expanded production for commercial sale of the bike in 2010. It has an anti-lock braking system, standard, with an optional electronic traction control. It has a wet weight of 207.7 kg (458 lb), and produces 133.6 kW (179.2 hp) @ 13,250 rpm at the rear wheel.

Fastest Bicycle & Rider:

Sam Whittingham is a Canadian cyclist who has held several world records on recumbent bicycles.

As of 2009, he holds the following world records under the sanction of the International Human Powered Vehicle Association:

  • The 200 m flying start (single rider, World Human Powered Speed Challenge, Battle Mountain, NV): 133.284 km/h (82.819 mph) on 2009-09-18.
  • First unpaced cyclist ever to break the deci-mach mark (1/10 the speed of sound, World Human Powered Speed Challenge, Battle Mountain, NV): 132.50 km/h (82.33 mph) on 2008-09-18. To date, still the only person to have accomplished this milestone.
  • The 1000 m flying start (single rider): 128.40 km/h (79.79 mph) on 2001-10-06.
  • The 1 mile flying start (single rider): 126.55 km/h (78.64 mph) on 2001-10-06.
  • The hour record: 90.724 km (56.373 mi) on 2009-07-17.

In 1993 he also held the record for the 200 m flying start (multiple rider).

Sam Whittingham is founder, designer and builder for Naked Bicycles, a custom bicycle and accessory fabrication company based on Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada. The company was originally named Forte bicycles before a name change in April 2006.

Whittingham won the President’s Award, the People’s Choice Award and the Best of Show Award at the 2008 North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Portland, Oregon with an ornate fixed-gear bicycle that blended 1890s-style wooden rims and grips with modern hubs and a front disk brake. This bike then sold to seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong.

Sam Whittingham is the grandson of screenwriter Jack Whittingham, who wrote the first James Bond screenplay.

Worlds Fastest Man:

Usain Bolt became the 100m WR holder with a 9.69 (Beijing – 2008) and now  (August 17, 2009 – Berlin) a 9.58, I don’t know if this figure still stands but  in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Donovan Bailey in a WR time of 9.84 secs, covered  a 10m portion at 12.1 meters per second. That would translate to about 27 MPH or  about 43 Km/h. Both he and Maurice Greene hit a 10m section of the 100m final of  the 1997 World Championships at 11.91 m/s… Greene ran a 9.86 and Bailey ran a  9.91. That would mean both reached a speed of roughly 26.5 MPH. Considering  that, even the reductions the WR has taken in the last 12 years, it would be  okay to assume 27-28 MPH is the fastest speed ever attained by a person running.

Worlds Fastest Woman:

Florence Griffith-Joyner (Flo-Jo) holds current 100 m sprint race world record.
July 16,1988 in Indianapolis Flo-Jo run the distance in 10.49s. She is also
world record holder in 200 m sprint race (21.3245 mph)

Worlds Fastest Animal:

Cheetah – the fastest land animal, reaching speeds up to 120 km/h (74.6 mph), could run the 100m race at the Olympics in 3s and is more then 3 times faster then the current world record holder Usain Bolt listed above!

I would expect some of these records will be changing this week as the athletes are trained up and pumped up to shatter some records!  It will be fun to see!  You can keep track of it all at: http://www.nbcolympics.com/news-blogs/blog=olympic-talk/index.html

Have a great week, Joe


About Jconowitch

I have spent 36 + years in Stevens County enjoying the many surrounding recreational areas while camping, canoeing, hiking and backpacking. I am married to my high school sweetheart with 2 children, 5 awesome grand kids. I have been actively involved working with many organizations to help children and adults throughout the area, as well as starting the Stevens County Scale Model club with a good friend. If you want to live and raise your family in a fantastic area or find a peaceful area to retire, this is among the best, and I am here to help you make your dreams a reality!
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