Cannonball Run Team Breaks Record For Second Time in Less Than A Year
After 7 years with nobody breaking the record on the Cannonball Run, Arne Toman and Doug Tabbutt announced they beat the record in November of 2019, at 27 hours and 25 minutes.
In June, their record was broken by a team who used the country's empty roads and highways to complete the run in 26 hours and 38 minutes, but the car world thought it was unfair that this crew used the quarantine to beat the record.
Toman and Tabbutt said their record had been broken by multiple solo drivers, but none with a crew.
They had hoped to use the same modified Mercedes E63, but it was destroyed after a truck hit while on the side of the road. The duo decided on an Audi S6, doing all modifications for it within only a few days.
The trunk had a 45 gallon fuel cell, and there were also some visual changes made, like switching out badges and the grille to make it resemble a Ford Taurus police interceptor when seen from a distance.
The crew pulled out of the Red Ball Garage in Manhattan, and made it out of the city in just four and a half minutes. The entire trip, the crew only stopped for fuel five times, totalling about 31 minutes.
Going all in, the car's average speed was 112mph, with the top speed being 175mph. They said they didn't get caught by police because they did well blending in with them, but also because of a cross-country network of scouts.
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