In the United States during an illegal race against time “Cannonball” was a new record. The riders, who asked not to disclose their names, was able to pass on the sedan Audi A8L distance from new York to Los Angeles for 26 hours, 38 minutes and 48 seconds.
In order not to waste time at gas stations, participants of illegal racing hooked up to the fuel system of the car two large plastic petrol tank installed in the trunk. In addition, in order not to attract too much police attention at night, the lights on the trunk lid of the Audi A8L was taped shut in the body color of the car.
However, the organizers of Cannonball Run is considered a new achievement dishonest, because, according to them, the riders managed to set a record in 26 hours, 38 minutes and 48 due to free roads, which were deserted due to the introduction of the country’s state of emergency because of the epidemic of the coronavirus.
Cannonball Run – an illegal race, passing from the Eastern to the Western coast of the United States. The participants, on the one hand, trying to prove how well-developed system of interstate highway in the United States, on the other hand, are protesting against the new speed restrictions imposed by the authorities. The first race in the “cannonballs” were held in the USA in 1971. Then two automotive journalists, Brock Yates and Steve Smith on Dodge Sportsman managed to cover the distance in 40 hours and 51 minutes.
The previous record belonged to Arne Toman, Doug Tabbutt and Berkeley Cadvise. Using the Mercedes-AMG E 63 2015 model year with enhanced engine, riders were able to ride from one coast to the other for 27 hours and 25 minutes at an average speed of 160 kilometers per hour.