TRC Land Speed Record - East Liberty Ohio


On October 5th, 2020, a 1978 Porsche 928 built and driven by Carl Fausett achieved 234.434 MPH at the Transportation Research Facility (TRC) in East Liberty Ohio. This is a top speed record for the 928. Fausett broke his own previous record that was set at 216.63537 MPH at the Bonneville Salt Flats. The car, nick-named “The Meg” after the Megalodon, had 1114 HP at the crank and a 6-speed gearbox with two overdrives. The record-setting test was performed on a 7.5 mile oval at the TRC facility, on a section of straight that was approximately 2 miles long. The timing equipment was set up and operated by the TRC staff, and consisted of two independent systems; a light-beam triggered speed trap wired to a Tag/Heuer chronograph at trackside, and a V-Box data collection system mounted within the vehicle itself. Both timing systems reported results identical up to the hundredth of a MPH. While not the fastest Porsche in the world, this did place Fausett’s “Meg” in rare air as one of the fastest Porsche’s on the planet.