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…Ken Block can fly?

Back in December, I covered a story about Ken Block’s record setting 171-foot jump for Discovery Channel’s Stunt Junkies in his Subaru WRX (that’s 51 feet farther than the Wright Brothers flew).

Well now, thanks to YouTubeology, we’ve got a video.

Though the motorcycle guys make a jump like this look easy, I can only imagine what it must feel like in a car (meaning it’s time to build a ramp, call the chiropractor, and give this a shot).

[Via: Jalopnik]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: SSC Ultimate Aero TT?

SSC Ultimate Aero

SSC might only have one model, but what they lack in variety, they make up for in heart. That’s because SSC wants to challenge the big boy and take on the Bugatti Veyron for the title of World’s Fastest Production Car. Their pride and joy, the Ultimate Aero TT, isn’t just some kit car with a prayer though; it’s a low-slung beast with power to spare.

Features include 1183 horsepower coming from the twin turbo V8, rear wheel drive, carbon fiber body, 14” brakes, a .357 drag coefficient, and a one-year, unlimited mile warranty (no, really). The end result is a rocket to 60 in 2.78 seconds, a quarter mile time of 9.90 seconds at 144 mph, 1.05 gs on the skidpad, and the ability to go from 0 to 100 to 0 again in 11.66 seconds.

So how did it do on its high speed test run? Not too bad considering the run was cut short by snow! The driver managed 230 mph with just 56% of 6th gear’s throttle, and felt that there was “a lot more to go”. There better be, because the current record is 253 mph (as verified by Top Gear). I’ll be sure to keep you up to date on the progress that gets made towards the record, but until then, make sure to:

  1. Check out the site and ogle a few of the pictures
  2. Catch the car on Spike TV’s Bullrun
  3. Stand in front of it if Eddie Griffin gets behind the wheel.

[SSC Autos]

[SSC – Quest For The Record]

[Bullrun]

…Ken Block jumped his Subaru over 100 feet?

Ken Block Subaru Jump

Fans of rally racing (myself included) usually watch the sport for two things: the jumps, and the gnarly crashes. Sure, the racing is all fine and dandy, but it’s the jumps and the crashes that keep people coming back. Ken Block, deciding to go big rather than going home, took the former to a new level for an upcoming episode of Discovery Channel’s Stunt Junkies, jumping his Monster Energy Subaru over 100 feet (probably much more, but he can’t divulge actual footage until after the episode airs, so take your best guess). Though it’s hard to imagine just how far that really is without actually being there, judging by the pictures, I’d say the man must be insane! Thankfully, Ken managed to keep it wheel side down while setting this new record, and is hopefully working on some way of back flipping the car for his next performance. Dukes, eat your hearts out. Rally car big-air at next year’s X Games anyone?

[0-60 Mag – Ken Block Interview]

[Stunt Junkies]

[Via: Jalopnik]

…Scrabble has new records?

Scrabble

Most people will recognize the board above as belonging to a game of Scrabble, but what most people won’t recognize is that the board above is the end result of a triple record breaking game, including the most points in a game by one player (830), the most total points in a game (1,320), and the most points on a single turn (365 for QUIXOTRY). The story behind the game, played out in the basement of a Massachusetts church, is actually pretty interesting, and the record-breaking play was most likely (and surprisingly) due to the players’ less than stellar skill levels. Professionalism and perfectionism be damned though, these guys can play some Scrabble.

[Hasbro – Scrabble]

[Slate – The Story Behind The Game]

[Via: Neatorama]