The coronavirus lockdown has created the proper circumstances for individuals occupied with breaking the Cannonball record.
With roads throughout the US quieter than ever earlier than, many jumped on the alternative of driving coast-to-coast in a quick automotive hoping to set a brand new Cannonball report. Fred Ashmore, a veteran of earlier C2C Categorical runs, is a type of individuals and his aim was to beat the present solo Cannonball report.
Meaning driving alone, for greater than 24 hours straight, ranging from New York Metropolis and ending in Los Angeles. Not solely did the man set a brand new report of 25 hours and 55 minutes, however he additionally did it whereas driving a rental 2019 Ford Mustang GT. This positively provides credence to the saying that the quickest automotive is all the time a rental.
Joking apart, Ashmore’s feat is exceptional for a number of causes. For starters, he ditched the Mustang’s entrance passenger seat, rear seats, and spare tire and changed them with three gasoline tanks capable of maintain a complete of 130 gallons of gasoline – or about 492 liters. This was key to his success because it meant lowering the variety of gasoline stops to just one midway via the run in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Selecting the time of departure was additionally necessary, and Fred determined to depart NYC at 6 a.m. on a weekday. That’s as a result of, because the coronavirus restrictions eased off, he seen individuals began driving extra on the weekends. The choice paid off as there was little or no visitors at the moment and he managed to depart the town behind very quickly.
What additionally helped was that he encountered no police laser speed guns throughout your complete 2,800-mile (4,600-km) journey – which was good for him as a result of his cruise management was set on the most velocity allowed within the Mustang GT, 120 mph (193 km/h). He managed to get fairly near that, as his common velocity throughout your complete run was 108 mph (174 km/h).
Clearly, one can’t plan for every little thing when trying to interrupt the Cannonball report so the very best man to listen to the way it all went down is Fred Ashmore himself, courtesy of the next VINwiki video.
PS: The record-setting Ford Mustang GT rental is on sale for $32,000, by the best way.