How fast can you drive across the country?

Natalie DiBlasio, USA TODAY9:53 a.m. EDT November 1, 2013

28 hours and 50 minutes. That’s how long it took three men to drive across the United States, from New York City to Los Angeles, smashing the previous record.

That record, set in 2006, was 31 hours and 4 minutes,Jalopnik, an auto news site, reported.

That’s 2,813 miles. According to a Google maps search, that should take 42 hours.

Ed Bolian, a 27-year-old Lamborghini dealer from Atlanta, had been planning the trip since 2009. He carefully selected a car, the Mercedes CL 55 , and filled it with technology to outsmart cops, outrun traffic and deal with the weather.

Bolian also added two 22-gallon auxiliary fuel drums to the car’s existing 23-gallon tank. That weighs nearly 400 pounds.

“I’ve wanted to break the record since I was 18 years old,” Bolian told Jalopnik.

The car’s max speed was 158 mph with a moving average of 100 mph and an overall average of 98 mph, including 46 minutes of stop time.

“Our goal with this project was to pay tribute to what we consider to be one of the coolest and most interesting chapters of American automotive history,” Bolian said on his website. “I do not advise that anyone attempt this or break the law in any way. This type of activity could easily have resulted in our death, imprisonment, or led to a litany of other consequences.

Oh, there was also a bedpan, just to avoid any unnecessary stops.

Twitter: Follow reporter Natalie DiBlasio @ndiblasio


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