On the Audi A8, the US crossed in a record 26 hours. But this is not entirely legal

On the Audi A8, the US crossed in a record 26 hours. But this is not entirely legal

April 10, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

In the United States, during the illegal race against the Cannonball, a new record was set. Racers who asked not to reveal their names were able to cover the distance from New York to Los Angeles in 26 hours 38 minutes and 48 seconds on the Audi A8L sedan.

In order not to waste time at gas stations, participants in an illegal car race connected two large plastic tanks for gasoline installed in the trunk to the fuel system of the car. In addition, in order not to attract too much police attention at night, the lights on the trunk lid of the Audi A8L were sealed with a film in the color of the car body.

However, the organizers of Cannonball Run considered the new achievement dishonest, because, in their opinion, the riders managed to set a record at 26 hours 38 minutes and 48 thanks to the free roads, which were empty due to the introduction of an emergency regime in the country due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Cannonball Run is an illegal race running from the East to the West coast of the United States. Its participants, on the one hand, are trying to prove how well developed the interstate highway system is in the USA, and on the other, they are protesting against the new speed limits imposed by the authorities. The first race in the “Cannonball” took place in the United States in 1971. Then, two automotive journalists, Brock Yates and Steve Smith at Dodge Sportsman, managed to cover the distance in 40 hours and 51 minutes.

The previous record belonged to Arne Toman, Doug Tabbutt and Berkeley Chadwick. Using the 2015 Mercedes-AMG E 63 with a forced engine, riders managed to drive from one US coast to another in 27 hours and 25 minutes at an average speed of 160 kilometers per hour.