WITH 1,600 horsepower on tap, the Maxximus G-Force has shattered a host of sprint records for road-legal cars. As well as the headline 0-60mph figure, it will accelerate from 0-100mph in 4.541 seconds. The previous 0-60mph record was 2.6 seconds, the one for 0-100mph used to 5.3 seconds. What's more, it also broke the record for braking, stopping from 100mph in 8.861 seconds. The previous record stood at 9.4 seconds. These three records were held by the British-built Ultima GTR 720, from which the G-Force was developed, which had ousted the Bugatti Veyron from the top slot. The records were certified by the US-based World Records Academy. The G-Force is the brainchild of US businessman David Bruce McMahan, and was designed by Marlon Kirby, the owner of Maxximus Technologies. The three world records were established at a circuit in Rockingham, North Carolina, USA on October 7 last year, with Kirby at the wheel. McMahan and Kirby shared a dream of owning a one-of-a-kind, street-legal car that was also a record-breaker. About a dozen people worked on the then-secret project over two years, including in the UK. The Maxximus G-Force features a mid-mounted, twin-turbocharged Chevrolet V8 displacing 7,112cc and develops 1,600bhp at the flywheel. To harness the power, the team developed a racing-style paddle-shift transmission with three speeds. Given the speeds of which the car is capable, its styling is akin to something you'd find at Le Mans. The huge rear wing is far from cosmetic. The pair emphasise the car's road-legal nature by pointing to its specification. No stripped-out racer, this: it has air-conditioining (essential given the heat generated by the engine behind the driver), leather upholstery and even a satellite navigation system. Kirby met McMahan while working as a chauffeur, driving McMahan from his private jet to his home in Indianapolis. Impressed by Kirby's enthusiasm and new ideas, McMahan invested in Maxximus Technologies in order to make the G-Force a reality. Further examples of the G-Force will be offered for sale to collectors and enthusiasts worldwide. No prices have been announced, but don't expect a hand-crafted record-breaker to be cheap. - Daily Telegraph