Nardo, the legendary high speed track, has been the setting for so many record attempts. Once a year at the track in Southern Italy, under the supervision of “CONTINENTAL AG” and in collaboration with the editors of “AUTO BILD sportscars”, the Creme de la Creme of tuners fight it out – this year on 20th and 21st October 2007. AC Schnitzer, with its Concept Car GP3.10 GAS POWERED, was the world’s first company to turn the event motto “Beyond 300 km/h” into reality with a liquid gas powered vehicle. At the end of the GPS speed measurement on the 13 km long high speed track, which fundamentally is just an enormous circle, the digital instrument display read 318.1 km/h.
This makes the GP3.10 GAS POWERED, based on the current BMW 3-series coupe with a modified M5 engine, officially the world’s fastest vehicle with liquid gas fuel. The vehicle is powered by a bivalent ten-cylinder engine delivering 552 HP/406 kW. Last year, AC Schnitzer broke another world record in Nardo with the TENSION. Based on the BMW M6, this has since been the undisputed fastest road-going BMW in the world.
Expectations this year in the Engineering Team were equally high for the new GP3.10 GAS POWERED vehicle. Especially since there were just four weeks between its world premiere at the IAA Frankfurt and the Highspeed Event in Nardo in which to finalise the set-up. A sensation: the AC Schnitzer GP3.10 GAS POWERED is the fastest gas-powered car in the world. This proves that high speeds can be achieved by an alternative route. The eyecatching AC Schnitzer GP3.10 GAS POWERED is a high-performance coupe powered by LPG. Power and efficiency, economy and ecology are here combined in an exciting study.