The New York-to-Los Angeles Cannonball driving record has been broken yet again, according to former coast-to-coast record holder and insider Ed Bolian.
Bolian, claiming to have been in contact with the new record-holders, says the new record is less than 26 hours, but did not disclose an exact time in the above video published Thursday. That means the drivers would’ve had to average at least 108 mph over 2801 miles. Bolian says that through some states, the record-breaking team averaged over 120 mph. The Cannonball insider didn’t say which car was used to set the run, nor did he reveal who the driver or drivers were.
The news comes just five weeks after a team took advantage of empty roads stemming from coronavirus pandemic lockdown orders to set a record time of 26 hours 38 minutes. Those drivers were behind the wheel of an Audi A8 equipped with aftermarket fuel tanks strapped to the interior.
This new record run wasn’t the only one that’s taken advantage of the dip in road traffic, according to Bolian. A handful of other niche records, including the solo-driver coast-to-coast record, diesel-powered coast-to-cost record, and the coast-to-coast-to-coast record have also fallen in the past few weeks. Another team even managed to set a 26 minute 43 minute time from New York to Los Angeles, coming within five minutes of the aforementioned Audi A8 record time.
The Cannonball record is a non-stop coast-to-coast drive that starts at the Red Ball Garage in Manhattan, New York, and ends at the Portofino Inn in Redondo Beach, California. The goal is to arrive in Los Angeles as quickly as possible by safely maintaining triple-digit speeds across America’s highways. With the inherent danger involved, many, including but not limited to law enforcement officers, aren’t fans of the competition, especially considering our country is in the middle of a devastating pandemic.
The new record-setting team is preparing to release a documentary to go along with their official announcement, according to Bolian. The former record-holder expects to have them on his YouTube channel, VinWiki, to discuss the run and reveal more details, though there’s no word on when that’ll happen.
From: Road & Track
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