Not hydros, but it is about speed. A West Richland, WA design team has built and run a car at 256+ mph. The Shelby SuperCars Ultimate Aero is officially the “Fastest Production Car” in the world, according to Guinness World Records. This is the first time the production speed record title has been held by a United States auto manufacturer since 1967.

Driver Chuck Bigelow, 71, drove SSC’s Ultimate Aero on a stretch of highway 221, clocking 414.31 kph (257.45 mph) on the first pass and 410.24 kph (254.92 mph) on the second pass to yield an official record speed of 412.28 kph (256.19 mph).

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On the weekend of November 17th and 18th, the Unlimited Light Hydroplane Racing Association will be conducting a competitive demonstration on Firebird Lake at the 2007 IHBA World Championships in Chandler, AZ. At a race site hosting up to 200 drag-type race boats, the Unlimited Lights will be adding a new dimension to the world class regatta that will be featuring circle or sprint competition.

Perhaps an even more substantial dimension will be the ULHRA's effort to invite and act as host for hundreds of foster children and their foster parents to a day at the races. Blocks of discounted tickets are being provided by the Firebird International Raceway proprietors and sponsored by local businesses to create an opportunity for entire families to cheer on their favorite Thunderboat as it hurtles over Firebird Lake at speeds in excess of 150 mph.

"Boat racing has been a family sport for us," said Kayleigh; "and I am glad to get the chance to share it with so many other families here in Chandler."

Source: ULHRA

Developing story... 1.5 litre boat was reportedly sabatoged the night before the final race of the year, costing driver Kelly Shane the national championship. She needed a 7th place finish to wrap up her 2nd straight title. Instead, her engine blew and she got a DNF.

PHOTO - James Crisp at Celina, OH