Santa brings us world's fastest Rolls-Royce

As much as we wish Santa was bringing us the world's fastest Rolls-Royce this Christmas, it's actually the slightly less popular Santa, Santa Pod, that's doing the providing.

The famous drag strip will next week host the certified world's fastest Rolls-Royce, at its Flame and Thunder Event. Hopefully it'll be better than last year's Wet and Whimper event.*
Built by British company WG Racing and driven by Matthew Wright, it's based on a 1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow and took ten months to build from the stock car.

In that time, its value has accelerated beyond belief, and it's now worth £120,000.

Acceleration, of course, is its particular strength: it will hit 60mph in 1.5 seconds, and on a recent run at Santa Pod hit 175mph during a quarter-mile run, whizzing past the line in 7.94 seconds.

It's that run that makes it officially the fastest Rolls-Royce in the world; during its first run (video below), and having appeared to splutter to the start line straight off its trailer, it did the quarter mile in an amazing 8.093 seconds.

It's no wonder it's so quick though, because it's rocking a 9.6-litre Chevrolet V8 engine, running on methanol for racing.

Its three-speed gearbox might sound old hat, but it's specially built for drag racing, capable of handling the huge amounts of torque generated by the engine.

Still, it's not quite as quick as our favourite old Opel.

The Flame and Thunder event opens 29th October, and as well as drag racers features monster trucks, freestyle motocross and an air display. Tickets are £20 at the gate, and kids get in free.

*Which didn't happen.

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