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SunDude 08-20-2007 01:44 PM

How long was the Cobra Guinness's fastest-accelerating production car?
Does anyone know how long the 427 Cobra (specifically CSX3167) held the Guinness World Record as the fastest-accelerating production car? I think it was close to 20 years, over all. From what year to what year was it the champ? And which car eclipsed it for the record?

Dwight 08-20-2007 02:37 PM

I like to know, also


Tony Aprile 08-20-2007 03:58 PM

From the website...the 1986 Porsche 959 beat the cobra in 0-60 at 3.9 seconds

RodKnock 08-20-2007 04:15 PM

I didn't think the 959 was a production car, at least here in the US. I thought someone, maybe Bill Gates, had Bruce Canepa of Canepa Design finally federalize the 959 only just in recent years.

SunDude 08-21-2007 09:21 AM


Originally Posted by Tony Aprile
From the website...the 1986 Porsche 959 beat the cobra in 0-60 at 3.9 seconds

Thanks for the link. But it isn't obvious from this webpage that they're citing the actual Guinness record book. I tried searching the official Guinness website, but couldn't find anything.

Does anyone have any other ideas/sources?

Slojo 08-24-2007 07:55 PM

Didn't the Cobra also sport some incredible 0-100-0 time? Or was that 0-60-0? Anyone ever try to duplicate the effort in a replica?

Ibr8k4vetts 08-24-2007 08:14 PM


Originally Posted by Slojo
Didn't the Cobra also sport some incredible 0-100-0 time? Or was that 0-60-0? Anyone ever try to duplicate the effort in a replica?

I think it was 0 to 100 to 0 in 13 or 14 seconds:eek:

Excaliber 08-24-2007 09:07 PM

My ERA is very close to orginal specs, OEM iron heads, OEM alloy intake, flat tappet cam, top loader. The rear end ratio at 3:31 is not good for a 0-100-0 run and is higher than was typical 'back in the day'. But it will still do a hundred in 8 seconds flat. Assuming 5 seconds to stop thats 13 total, give or take a few tenths. Lower rear gear and modern sticky tires would make it even faster!

I never had an opportunity to measure the 100 to 0 time, I might try that with a passenger and stop watch just to see if 5 seconds is 'in the ball park'.

fsstnotch 08-24-2007 11:15 PM

Couldn't find anything about the cobra.. but I did find this tid bit of info... The fastest time a dog has unwound a non-electric car window is 11.34 seconds and was achieved by Striker, a border collie owned and trained by Francis V. Gadassi (Hungary). The record was set on September 1, 2004 in Quebéc City, Canada.

CWizard 08-25-2007 07:13 PM

On the 0-100-0 record, I don't have any source for this other than having read it somewhere years ago, but here it is. 0-100-0 in 10 seconds by Dan Gurney in a 427 S/C. I found it awesome at the time, and if correct, it's still awesome. Can anyone confirm this?

DMXF 08-25-2007 07:20 PM

Guinness Book
Does anyone know which issue (year) the 427 Cobra first appeared in the Guinness Book of Records?

Rick Parker 08-25-2007 10:01 PM

The benchmark (0-100-0) was 12 seconds with Ken Miles at the wheel. That was where the 427 earned the reputation as the fastest accelerating Street car. I'm sure tires were the limiting factor in the day.

SunDude 08-27-2007 04:32 AM

Yes, if memory serves correctly, it was Ken Miles who drove a 427 street Cobra from 0-100-0 in 13.2 seconds. Not sure how "official" the time is, as I think it was done mainly for PR purposes. Still, that's one helluva ride!

wtm442 08-27-2007 08:03 AM

Motor Trend magazine said it held the "record" for almost 30 years.

SunDude 08-27-2007 09:10 AM

The weekly British magazine, Autocar, recently published the results of its own 0-100-0 test on five different groups of cars. Some of the highlights were:

The Top Five
11.35 sec. - Ariel Atom Supercharged
12.15 sec. - Brooke Double R
12.70 sec. - Lamborghini Murcielago LP640
12.90 sec. - Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera
13.65 sec. - Porsche 911 GT3

Other notables
13.65 sec. - Superformance GT40 Mk1 continuation car
14.45 sec. - Ford GT Roush 600 RE
14.90 sec. - Lotus 2-Eleven
15.25 sec. - Caterham R400
15.40 sec. - BMW M5 Touring (station wagon)
15.50 sec. - Audi R8
15.60 sec. - Porsche Cayenne Turbo

All-Time Fastest
9.9 sec. - Bugatti Veyron 16/4, the first car they ever tested which broke the 10-second mark

That's some pretty fast company...

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