Fake cop car blasts through ‘Cannonball Run’ NYC-to-LA record


An Audi rigged to look like a cop car blew through the Cannonball Run record, making the trip from Los Angeles to New York in just 25 hours and 39 minutes.

Drivers Arne Toman and Doug Tabbutt — they drove the 2,816 miles in 27 hours and 25 minutes last November — credit COVID-19 and their incognito wheels with their breakneck speed.

The duo took advantage of much quieter roadways during lockdown to cross the country at speeds of 175 miles an hour in a modified 2016 Audi S6 that looked like a Ford Taurus Police Interceptor from far away, Road and Track reported.

Toman refashioned his Audi with a 45-gallon trunk-mounted fuel cell and a reshaped front grille with a decoy badge similar to the front of the Interceptor, the car magazine reported.

The men left the Red Ball Garage in New York City — the traditional Cannonball starting point— at 6 p.m. so they could cover most of the Midwest in the dark.

Drivers Arne Toman (left) and Doug Tabbutt Cannonball
Drivers Arne Toman (left) and Doug TabbuttYouTube

Toman claims he and his driving partner managed to leave Manhattan in just 4 minutes and 30 seconds — and stopped only five times to refuel, which took all of 31 minutes, the auto magazine reported.

The Audi averaged a speed of 100 mph, including the fuel stops, and hit a high of 175 mph. A network of scouts helped the team avoid police, Road and Track reported.

In June, Fred Ashmore set a solo record of 25 hours and 55 minutes in a rented Ford Mustang GT stuffed with fuel tanks.



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