Just how fast is the world’s fastest car? This Lamborghini Gallardo is officially the world’s fastest car over the distance of one mile. In December, it completed one mile in 20.845 seconds, reaching a speed of 254 miles per hour. The record was set at the Unlimited 500+ drag racing event. The car that set the record is a custom Gallardo by Underground Racing called the Gallardo Nera. It’s built from a 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo and has a twin-turbocharger kit installed. It’s an all-wheel drive vehicle with a 5.2-liter V10 engine that generates 1,850 horsepower.
The twin-turbocharger kit isn’t the only modification to this car. There are also modifications to the exhaust and intake systems, engine control unit, engine internals, dashboard and gauges. Watching the video, you’ll notice a circular indicator on the car’s dashboard that lights up red when it’s time to switch gears. I’m curious about this indicator because I’ve never found such an indicator worthwhile. My experience has been that these indicators can leave you in too high of a gear to accelerate adequately. Then again, I’ve never driven a car that’s in contention for the title of World’s Fastest Car, so the indicator on the Gallardo Nera is likely more precise than the ones I’ve dealt with. You can pretty much listen to the car’s engine to predict when the Gallardo Nera’s gear shift indicator will light up, but when you’re dealing with fractions of a second for a world record, any slight advantage is worth it. Watch the record-setting run in the video below. If you like it, ‘Share’ it.