Ed Bolian and Friends Break Cross-Country Driving Record (Video)
With the help of two friends, Ed Bolian recently set the record for the fastest car trip from New York City to Los Angeles by driving an average of 98 m.p.h.
Bolian (standing in the middle of this picture) augmented his 2004 Mercedes with speed detectors and extra gas tanks to make the drive in 28 hours 50 minutes, beating Alex Roy's old record set in 2006 by two hours (video below).
"I've wanted to break the record since I was 18 years old," Bolian told Jalopnik.com. "I thought about a Ferrari 612, but gas mileage would've been bad. A Bentley would've been perfect, but you'd want the V8 for gas mileage, and those are still way too expensive."
Bolian used a Mercedes because of its V8 engine and room in the trunk to pack two additional 22-gallon gas tanks, which allowed him to drive 800 miles between stops.
According to the Daily Mail, Bolian also used two GPS units, the iPhone app Trapster, two laser jammers and a truck mounted antenna to avoid police and traffic jams.
He also had friends driving ahead of the route, periodically, to spot any potential problems.
However, Bolian did have trouble finding two people to make the trip with him. Using Facebook, he looked up Dan Huang, who joined another friend of Bolian's, David Black.
The three of them started out on October 19, but got stuck in New York City.
"It took us 15 minutes to get out of Manhattan," recalled Bolian, who used the same path as the cheesy 1981 film "Cannonball Run."
On October 20, he and his buddies arrived at the Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach, Calif.