E85 Viper Sets Speed Record

Cindy Zimmerman

E85 ViperA Dodge Viper fueled with 85 percent ethanol set a world speed record when it hit 189 mph last week on the runway at the Mojave Air & Space Port.

Not the one that speed enthusiast Karl Jacob was looking for, but a record nonetheless.

According to the LA Times, the 189 mph speed on that one run was the first — thus the best — speed recorded for the standing mile in an ethanol-powered, street-legal car. Jacob said he wanted to best the 217.85 mph record for street-legal, gasoline-powered cars.

The Times also features a video of the Viper. More pictures and video can be found at www.e85viper.com.

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