"It was absolutely breathtaking and a fantastic feeling to set the record in a British-built car," said Autocar’s magazine’s editor at large, which organized the attempt.
The Mercedes SLR McLaren was part of the cavalcade of performance cars that shot down the runway at the airport in London’s Docklands. Also on the tarmac was a Ford GT which achieved 280.4 km/h and a Corvette Z06 which reached a top speed of 268 km/h
"The McLaren has the power, the technology and the stability to hit those high speeds with incredible control," added Sutcliffe. "This is the fastest any production car has ever been driven legally in London".
Away from any speed cameras, Autocar put another British supercar through its paces, the Bentley Flying Spur. Flying the flag for Germany were a Porsche 911 Turbo, BMW M6 and an Alpina B5, while America was represented by the Ford GT, Corvette Z06 and the Shelby Daytona Cobra. Australia was represented by the HSV Maloo (Vauxhall Maloo) which managed a respectable 258.7 km/h.
The winning Mercedes SLR McLaren is priced at £317,500, making it the most expensive car in the £1.2million line-up Autocar assembled for the speed record.
Full Result Table is below:
- Mercedes McLaren SLR 282.7 km/h
- Ford GT 280.4 km/h
- Corvette Z06 268 km/h
- Porsche Turbo 261.6 km/h
- BMW M6 261.5 km/h
- Holden (HSV) Maloo 258.7 km/h
- Shelby Daytona Cobra 257 km/h
- Bentley Flying Spur 253.2 km/h
- Alpina B5 250 km/h