[YesAuto] The American movie “The Cannonball Run”, released in 1981, is about a group of drivers from all over the world participating in an illegal car race from the east coast to the west coast of the United States. But you Do you know that this illegal racing event is adapted from real events?
In 1971, the United States introduced a highway speed limit of 55 mph. The executive editor of “Car & Driver” Brock Yates (Brock Yates) questioned the law, in order to protest the 55 mph limit in the United States at the time. Soon, he personally drove a Dodge Custom Sportsman across the east and west coasts of the United States. Brock Yates and a few others drove all the way from New York to Los Angeles in 40 hours and 51 minutes, covering a distance of nearly 4,600 kilometers and an average speed of 70 mph (about 112.6 km/h).
In order to let everyone experience the fun of the highway together, Brock Yates developed a folk race based on their driving route. The rules of the event are that there are no rules, the models are not limited, the route can be changed, as long as you can reach the finish line first, “Cannonball Run” is adapted from The Cannonball Run he initiated, but obviously this event is illegal.
The Cannonball Run record has been constantly refreshed over the years. The record of 28 hours and 50 minutes created in 2013 has been maintained for many years. Recently, Arne Toman, Doug Tabbutt and Berkeley Chadwick set a record in 27 hours and 25 minutes in a 2015 AMG E63. According to on-board equipment, the average speed of the three persons was 103 mph (about 165.8 km/h), and the top speed reached 193 mph (about 310.6 km/h).
Obviously, it is impossible to set a new record without speeding. For this reason, this AMG E63 has undergone a number of modifications, such as installing a 40-gallon fuel tank in the trunk to increase the cruising range and reduce the number of times to enter the gas station. After modification, the maximum power of this car jumped from 557 horsepower to 700 horsepower. The car was packed with various instruments including radar detectors, laser jammers, navigation and night vision systems, in order to avoid being “harassed” by the police and affecting the results of the game. Although speeding, the two drivers should stay away from other vehicles on the road as much as possible, so as not to make other drivers feel uncomfortable and call the police.
Toman and Tabbut are responsible for driving, while Chadwick uses various reconnaissance equipment to provide drivers with timely and useful information. After the record was broken, the three of them were extremely excited. They said they were very happy to be the new record-makers in this event, which is of great significance to them. Maybe some people will question what these three people picture? This kind of dangerous driving behavior is still very undesirable, but with the legendary deeds of the predecessors and the halo of the movie, the record of The Cannonball Run will continue to be refreshed in the future. Someone may have begun preparations to break the 27 hours and 25 minutes. Recorded. (The picture comes from Li Haopeng, the home of the network car