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Old 10-17-2007, 01:45 PM   #1
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I wonder if our cars could have accomplished this.

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Old 10-17-2007, 01:47 PM   #2
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It's not about the car. It's about the driver's willingness to do stupid and illegal things.
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Old 10-17-2007, 01:50 PM   #3
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Yes.

Even a Geo Metro can kick ass in bracket racing at the dragstrip.
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Old 10-17-2007, 01:51 PM   #4
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"Could a mildly modded Subaru have done this? "

It already has....

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Old 10-17-2007, 02:30 PM   #5
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I disagree. Part of it is the car being able to sustain high speeds for long periods of time. Sure, much of it is the person but part of it is the car. The reliability has to be there.

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Old 10-17-2007, 02:38 PM   #6
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And so the clock starts and the taillights flare, and they're off again, strapped down, fueled up, and bound on an outlaw enterprise with 2,795 miles of interstate and some 31,000 highway cops between them and the all-time speed record for crossing the American continent on four wheels.

The gear is all bought and loaded. Twenty packs of Nat Sherman Classic Light cigarettes, check. Breath mints, check. Glucose and guarana, Visine and riboflavin, Gatorade and Red Bull, mail-order porta-pissoir bags of quick-hardening gel, check.

Randolph highway patrol sunglasses, 20-gallon reserve fuel tank, Tasco 8 x 40 binoculars fitted with a Kenyon KS-2 gyro stabilizer, military spec Steiner 7 x 50 binoculars, Hummer H1-style bumper-mounted L-3 Raytheon NightDriver thermal camera and LCD dashboard screens, front-and-rear-mounted sensors for a Valentine One radar/laser detector, flush bumper-mount Blinder M40 laser jammers, redundant Garmin StreetPilot 2650 GPS units, preprogrammed Uniden police radio scanners, ceiling-mount Uniden CB radio with high-gain whip antenna. Check. Check. Check.

At the moment, the driver and copilot of this E39 BMW M5 are illegal in intent only as they obediently cow along the tip of Manhattan, funnel into the Holland Tunnel, and spill out into New Jersey along a six-lane mash-and-merge. The speedometer reads a cool 60 miles per hour; the clock reads 9:12 pm.

"Unacceptable," Alex Roy says. The 35-year-old driver is addressing both the numbers and himself. Then, after 20 sickening minutes in construction traffic, Roy says it to the darkened highway, pushing up over 110 mph while his copilot squints along the scabbed blacktop for the deer that might end their lives and the policemen who might kill their trip.

The quest itself — to cross from New York to Los Angeles with unthinkable brevity — is a drive, yes, in the same way that the moon shot was a flight. This is an engineered operation that has been financed, scenarioed, calculated, technologically outfitted, and (via digital video and triangulated time-stamped texting and GPS verification and support teams on both coasts) will be monitored and recorded (for proof, posterity, and a documentary film).

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Video: Courtesy Gravid FilmsFor nearly two years, Roy — a pale, shaved-headed, independently wealthy ectomorphic veteran of the Gumball 3000 road rally — has obsessed sleeplessly over every detail and thrown money at every possible electronic connivance. His mission is intended as a triumph of the mind over the base adrenal impulses of common speeders. His route is nothing like the careless line a spring-breaker might plot across a Rand McNally — it's a painstakingly GPS-mapped and Google Earth-practiced manifest desti-document, waypointed mile by mile for detours, construction, and speed traps.

White lines scroll through the windshield and mile markers tick past the tires as Roy flips a series of toggles on the center console, killing the brake lights (to prevent telltale flashes if he needs to slow for sudden radar), then flips a few more to illuminate the cockpit with night-vision-friendly red LEDs. The cockpit glows like a submarine at battle stations. Now Roy punches up the digital codes corresponding to the New Jersey State Police on the police scanner. The car fills with the coded squawk of emergency dispatchers, speeding motorcycles, and domestic quarrels.

"OK, scanner is live," Roy says. He hits another switch under the dash and a light goes green on his steering wheel display. It means that the vehicle is now traveling in a sort of force field of infrared light, a bubble that deforms the bandwidth of incoming police laser spotters. "Jammers are active," Roy says. "Now let's have the radar."

Roy's current copilot, an English racer named Henry Fyshe, reaches under the seat and pulls out the Valentine One. He plugs it into the bank of fused circuits snaking from the car's power supply and flips the switch, and now another instrument joins the cacophony. The Valentine picks up incoming radar: mostly the X and K bandwidths. The bleeps of X-band are usually just junk picked up from motion detectors and burglar alarms and the shipping docks of Port Elizabeth to the south. But the occasional croaking blaaat! means K-band — and almost certainly a police trigger gun hitting home.



Undercover Driver Roy took extraordinary measures to avoid law enforcement.
Photos: Brian FinkeThe combination of bleep! bleep! blaat! bleep! is chaos pinpricked with information. Listening, sorting, interpreting — it's all exhausting. Then Roy reaches overhead and flips on the CB, adding an overlay of truck-driver patois: twangy talk of big-boobie women and fishing and traffic on the I-78.

"Fascinating," Fyshe says. Compared with the thick southern drawl coming from the speaker, his polished Oxbridge English sounds as refined as drawing room French.

"OK, CB is active," Roy says above the noise. "Now check the thermals, please, Mr. Fyshe. We need to start banking time."

There's something very Captain Jean-Luc Picard about Roy. Maybe it's the top-gun lingo and ramrod driving posture. Maybe it's his bald, ovoid skull or his habit of wearing faux-military uniforms during races. Or maybe it's because Roy is actually in command of his very own road-bound USS Enterprise. Captain Roy is determined to boldly go faster than any man has gone before.

Roy is attempting to break a legendary cross-country driving record known to most people as the Cannonball Run. The time: 32 hours, 7 minutes, set in 1983 by David Diem and Doug Turner. Captain Roy's quest is definitely illegal and quite possibly impossible. He is one of the few drivers wealthy and geeky and foolish enough to try it anyway. So far he's tried and failed twice, but he's still convinced that his careful calculations will allow him to beat the record.

At the core of his plan are his beloved spreadsheets. Roy, with help from a car-crazy former New Jersey transportation department employee named J. F. Musial, has spent months loading Excel documents with the coordinates of all-night gas stations and open stretches of highway and weather projections — hundreds of data points arranged on an x-y axis, so that any deviation can be recalculated on the fly.
How hard was that?
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Old 10-17-2007, 02:41 PM   #7
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I disagree. Part of it is the car being able to sustain high speeds for long periods of time. Sure, much of it is the person but part of it is the car. The reliability has to be there.
As they say in the article, they rarely sustain high speeds for any length of time. And I'm sure reliability-wise, most Subies would have no problem sustaining 100+ mph.
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Old 10-17-2007, 02:41 PM   #8
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Cannonball is for pussies. This is where the real men go: http://www.targanewfoundland.com/home.asp
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Old 10-17-2007, 02:45 PM   #9
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As far as reliability at high speeds:

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On April 23, 1998, a Generation III Subaru Legacy set a new world speed record for mass-produced turbocharged station wagons (1600 cc-2000 cc class), clocking 270.532 km/h over one kilometer on Highway 10 in La Junta, Colorado. [1] This record was previously set by a Generation II Subaru Legacy in 1993 at 249.981 km/h.

The original Legacy speed record was set between January 2 and January 21, 1989, with three Japanese-spec turbocharged RS sedans at the Arizona Test Center outside of Phoenix, Arizona. It broke the 100,000 km FIA World Land Endurance Record by maintaining an average speed of 138.780 mph (223.345 km/h) for 447 hours, 44 minutes and 9.887 seconds, or 18 1/2 days. Pit stops were made every two hours with a driver change and refueling, while tire changes were made at 96 hour intervals, or every 13,400 miles driven.
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Mechanically these cars evolved into the Impreza's.
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Old 10-17-2007, 03:08 PM   #10
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WOW Over 400 hours! Impressive!

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subaru_Legacy

Mechanically these cars evolved into the Impreza's.
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Old 10-17-2007, 03:42 PM   #11
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How hard was that?
What? Posting the first of 6 pages?
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:07 PM   #12
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when the flying car comes out, you'll be able to get across country in 12 minutes.
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:33 PM   #13
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What? Posting the first of 6 pages?
No, quoting anything, rather than just hyperlinking.
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:55 PM   #14
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Old 10-17-2007, 05:07 PM   #15
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WOW Over 400 hours! Impressive!
For those not mathematically inclined thatís 22 times farther than the Cannonballer's went, or 11 times back and forth from NY to LA in 18 days - non-stop.
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Old 10-18-2007, 04:27 PM   #16
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Apparently Alex Roy owns a 2003 Subaru WRX.

http://gumball144.com/alex-roy/
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Old 10-18-2007, 04:34 PM   #17
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Don't we have like 3 other threads on this already?
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Old 10-18-2007, 04:43 PM   #18
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This was actually the first I beleive. The others are WTLW.
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Apparently Alex Roy owns a 2003 Subaru WRX.

http://gumball144.com/alex-roy/
I'm currently the new owner of his 03 wrx
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This is about to get good...
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Old 06-08-2016, 05:59 AM   #21
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I'm currently the new owner of his 03 wrx
Tell me more, human.
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Old 06-08-2016, 07:38 AM   #22
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Oh good, everyone was wondering where that car ended up!

Since your name reminds me of the ****tiest, driest donut ever invented, this thread has a new topic.
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Oh good, everyone was wondering where that car ended up!

Since your name reminds me of the ****tiest, driest donut ever invented, this thread has a new topic.
In keeping with the new topic, I disagree. The donut I can't stand is pretty much every one made by Krispy kreme. They taste like sugar filled, deep fried sugar with a light dusting of sugar on it. They don't even taste like donuts.
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Donut ever post again, thanks.
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