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9FF GT9 speed record attempt news - Damn! Only 254mph - 2008

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Close, but no cigar. 9ff has fallen short
in its attempt to break the record for the world’s fastest production car - two
miles per hour short, in fact.

9ff’s GT9 hit 254mph on the Papenburg Oval
in Germany, agonisingly close to the 256mph recorded by the SSC Ultimate Aero
TT in Washington last year.

The GT9 is a (heavily) modified Porsche
GT3 built by former RUF engineer Jan Fatthauer. Heavily modified as in only
sharing two per cent of the components.

Longer and lower than a regular GT3, it’s
powered by a mid-mounted (no rear-engineness here) four-litre, twin-turbo
flat-six producing some 987bhp and 711lb ft of torque.

Which means it’s quick. Quick enough to
hit 186mph in 17.6 seconds and top out at a Veyron-beating 254mph. Fatthauer
plans to build 20 GT9s at a cost of £350,000 each, which makes it a veritable
bargain alongside the £800,000+ Veyron.

It’s not
clear yet whether 9ff will have another shot at the production car record, but
we’d be surprised if it didn’t have one more go at squeezing a couple more mph
out of the GT9. A lighter driver, maybe?

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