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Volkswagen Passat TDI scores non-hybrid world record with trip average of 78MPG

Volkswagen Passat TDI scores non-hybrid world record with trip average of 78MPG

When someone talks about high gas mileage, most consumers think of hybrid vehicles and the generous MPG ratings they offer. That isn't always the case, however, as Volkswagen proved this month with its VW Passat TDI Clean Diesel passenger car. The car began its trip through the 48 lower US states on June 7, and ended its journey earlier this week, having traveled 8,122 miles on just under 105 gallons of gas.

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Lola B12/69 EV sets new electric speed record at 204.2mph

Lola B12/69 EV sets new electric speed record at 204.2mph

A new world record for the fastest electric car on the planet has been set by Drayson Racing, who took a Lola B12/69 EV Le Mans race car and topped it out at a quick 204.2mph, beating the previous record of a measly 175mph that was set in 1974 by Battery Box General Electric. Last week, Nissan went 186mph in their Zeod RC hybrid, but the Lola runs on complete electric power.

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Mars rover Opportunity breaks space driving distance record

Mars rover Opportunity breaks space driving distance record

Mars rover Curiosity might be the talk of the town currently, but NASA's older Opportunity rover is still kicking it in high gear on the red planet. In fact, Opportunity has now traveled 22.22 miles, breaking a 40-year-old driving distance record of 22.21 miles when Apollo 17 astronauts traversed the Moon on a Lunar Roving Vehicle in 1972.

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Formula One team breaks world record for fastest pit stop ever

Formula One team breaks world record for fastest pit stop ever

If you've ever seen a Formula One pit stop, you'll know that the pit crew can change all four tires on a Formula One car in just a few seconds. However, during the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix, Infiniti Red Bull Racing broke the world record for the fastest Formula One pit stop ever, changing all four tires in just 2.05 seconds.

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Hennessey Venom GT steals the top-speed title from Veyron

Hennessey Venom GT steals the top-speed title from Veyron

The Hennessey Venom GT has just scored itself the honor of being the world's most fastest production vehicle available to the public. Hennessey Performance announced that on February 9th of this year, the Venom GT accelerated to 265.7 mph, slightly beating out the Veyron Super Sport, setting a new top speed record, and taking away Veyron's crown. The testing was done on the United States Naval Air Station and logged by VBOX officials.

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Tesla Model S sets world record for fastest production electric vehicle

Tesla Model S sets world record for fastest production electric vehicle

Tesla's Model S isn't only just a beautiful car, but it's also completely electric. And just recently, it completed the quarter mile in just under 12.4 seconds, beating out a Dodge Viper SRT10, which makes the Model S the world's fastest production electric vehicle by the National Electric Drag Racing Association.

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Gangnam Style hits one billion views on YouTube

Gangnam Style hits one billion views on YouTube

Have you ever heard of a video getting over one billion views on YouTube? That's because it's never happened, until now. Korean superstar PSY has become an instant hit with his "Gangnam Style" single, and it's made its way to the US big time. The accompanying music video, which is hosted on YouTube, has garnered more than one billion views, making it the first YouTube video ever to reach that milestone.

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Australian man sets world record with 135-hour Black Ops II marathon

Australian man sets world record with 135-hour Black Ops II marathon

If you think you're spending a lot of time playing Call of Duty: Black Ops II, you better think again. Okan Kaya, a sales manager at 4Cabling in Australia, claims to have broken the world record for the longest gaming marathon ever, in which he played Black Ops II for 135 hours, 50 minutes straight. The previous record was 120 hours, seven minutes.

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Felix Baumgartner attempts record-breaking supersonic skydive today

Felix Baumgartner attempts record-breaking supersonic skydive today

We've been following daredevil Felix Baumgartner and his Red Bull Stratos team as they prepare to attempt to break the speed of sound during a skydive from 23 miles above the Earth's surface. So far, Baumgartner and his team have successfully completed several test skydives from lower altitudes. Today is the day that Baumgartner will attempt to set the record for the highest skydive ever made.

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Chip Yates sets electric flight world record at over 200MPH

Chip Yates sets electric flight world record at over 200MPH

It's time for the automotive superstar known as Chip Yates to hit another world record, this time for flying an electric aircraft faster than 200 miles per hour. This is the second world record Yates has broken in such a way, the first being with an electric motorcycle topping 196 miles per hour - set last year at the Bonneville Salt Flats. The flight Yates made this week took place at the Inyokern Airport in the Mojave Desert, California, and also just the day before this record had his very first - read that again - flying lesson with an electric plane.

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Pro surfer lands world record for riding 78-foot monster wave

Pro surfer lands world record for riding 78-foot monster wave

Professional surfer Garrett McNamara has giant balls-o-steel. McNamara is a professional surfer that hails from Hawaii and has been a pro since he was 17. The surfer is now 44 years old and has grabbed a world record for riding the biggest wave ever. As you can see in the photo below, McNamara is a tiny speck on the surface of the monstrous 78-foot tall wave.

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Geek tries to set balloon popping record using a laser

Geek tries to set balloon popping record using a laser

There are laser pointers, and then there are LASER pointers. Wicked Lasers certainly makes the latter with some of the most powerful handheld lasers you can buy anywhere. The company even has some lasers that are powerful enough to blind satellite sensors in orbit, and others can burn things and pop balloons. A geek has taken one of those Wicked Lasers powerful handheld units and used it to try to set a Guinness world record.

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