Published October 29, 2013
A modified Ford GT has broken the Texas Mile speed record, again.
The M2K Motorsports GT reached 278 mph over one mile from a standing start, making it the fastest vehicle ever to run at the semiannual Texas speed fest.
How does this Ford GT do it?
While the Hennessey/M2K GT is street legal, it's powered by a purpose-built twin-turbocharged Accufab Racing V-8.
Evo reports that the GT was putting out around 2,000 horsepower during its record run, compared to 500 hp for a stock GT.
The Texas Mile is the perfect place to unleash it. The event is held on an airport runway in Beeville, Texas purely to allow drivers of souped-up cars like the GT--or a twin-turbocharged Lamborghini Gallardo--to see what their machines can do.
While outrunning a Bugatti Veyron is safer on a closed airstrip, there's still a bit of danger. Abrupt cross winds can make cars much harder to control at speed.
However, the M2K GT isn't the fastest car over a standing mile, or even the fastest Ford GT. Both of those distinctions go to the Performance Power Racing Ford GT, which hit 283 mph in 2012, as certified by Guinness.