The new generation of high-powered electric vehicles like the Tesla Model S Plaid and Rimac Nevera have taken production car quarter-mile times to new depths. But there’s still time to shave if you only consider street-legal cars.
While the Tesla Model S Plaid has been repeatedly measured by completing the quarter-mile sprint in just nine seconds (which, it must be said, is a very impressive time), this 1984 Hurst Oldsmobile is one of the five-second club.
Bought new by Rod Tschiggfrie, this 80s muscle car has since replaced everything except the taillights and VIN number. Thanks to seemingly lax Iowa laws, this car can not only accelerate from 0 to 260 mph (418.4 km/h) in just six seconds, but it can also get groceries.
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Power comes from a twin-turbocharged 640-cubic-inch (10.2-litre) V8 engine that revs up to just north of 9,000 rpm. The bespoke engine is good for “about” 5000hp when running on methane, but the ECU is smart enough to find a setting for any fuel (or vaguely flammable liquid) you can find in order to make it a bit more convenient.
Practicality is a relative term in this case, however, because out of respect for those colossal horsepower figures, it has a full roll cage, racing seats and a removable gas tank in the trunk, making it makes a less than ideal vehicle for dropping the kids off at school. Judging by the earplugs everyone is wearing on this shoot and the fierceness of the car, it looks like it might bother your neighbors if you start it early in the morning.
It’s all a bit ridiculous, but it’s a pretty convincing attempt to answer the question, “How fast can a street-legal car be conceivable?”