Skip to comments.Someone has already driven 200 mph on Texas 130
Posted on 10/25/2012 12:58:48 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Texas opened the fastest highway in the nation this weekend, but before a single driver got onto the road, Texan John Hennessey was cruising down the freeway at more than 200 mph.
Hennessey, who specializes in making some of the fastest cars, asked lawmakers if he could test whether the TxTag toll tag system could capture license plates and tags at the new high speeds, according to Jalopnik.
Texas officials gave him the thumbs up to test the system on the open road.
Hennessey topped out his car at 220 mph, and the tag system grabbed his tag and license plate at 180 mph.
(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...
That’s a real gentleman - sacrificing his time to help the state of Texas.
The RFID technology can read a tag in less than 3 milliseconds. In fact, the system can have multiple handshakes with the tag while its in the window of opportunity.
He went thru a toll booth lane at 220mph? Holy Carp!
0-60 in about 4 seconds, hits 100 in a couple more. Nice sounding vehicle.
This is fantastic. But can they detect whether I’ve ripped off a license plate to cover my real one and the fact I just love to wear a gorilla face mask might make it difficult to tag me unless they pull me over in person.
“.......Even if they don’t like tolls, people are still curious about 85 mph. It’s an attention-grabbing piece of marketing.
For the next two weeks, drivers can test out the speeds for free. The tolls kick in on Nov. 11; rates will be based on the size of the vehicle, method of payment and how far the vehicle travels.
A Lockhart pastor who wouldn’t give his name because, he said, he didn’t want to make any enemies, described the two-week moratorium on tolls like a pretty woman or an illegal substance. Both lure you in. But a little taste of those high speeds, and you’re hooked:
“It’s gonna be like alcohol,” he said. Soon, you “can’t put that bottle down.”.........
No toll booth, they have over head receivers. No more dangerous than going 220 on a regular road.
I’ve been seeing the “SH-130..Free until November 10” ads on television..
Since in TX, if the speed limit sign says 70, it means go 80, I guess on SH-130, people will be going 95..
I did notice when I took I-10 to Houston awhile back, that the closer you got to Houston, the more people drove the posted speed limit. In the Western Hill Country..not so much.
Well, my Suzuki 4wd could easily mange 85 km/h on the 85 mph stretch.
I don’t know about Austin, but not many people drive slower than 85 in Dallas.
I would have loved to had driven that highway in my 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake with 850 horse power, but my wife won’t let me buy one.....
Ever hit one of those expansion gap bump strips at 200mph+ (300fps)? Whoeee; that’s a pants-loader if you’re not ready for it. Airborne 1-2” and 4 clouds of blue tire smoke. LOL.
Did you see the viral video of the car hitting a concrete blow up on the highway driving 70 to 75?
At 200 MPH you would fly a very long way before you reached earth again.
About 180 when he went through the "gate".
However, there's no "booth". It's just the equivalent of an overhead sign, with cameras and RFID tag readers over the roadway.
The new tollways in Texas are using these readers, and not building "cattle chute" toll plazas. The old toll plazas are gradually being ripped out and replaced, too.
Now the boys all thought I’d lost my sense,
them telephone poles looked like a picket fence.
They said “slow down, I see spots,”
the lines on the road just looked like dots.
In Dallas, everyone droves 99 mph or 0. Nothing in between.
Will they take my E-Z Pass?
;>)... the begging continues.
The beltway in Houston feels like NASCAR at times...
The toll readers on the main lanes are just overhead reader / scanners for the TXTAG with cameras to capture the license plate. The off ramp booths are just wide enough to let 18 wheelers and delivery trucks off the road. 35 MPH is max on those.
hmmmm.. wonder if they’ll try to automatically ticket anybody caught averaging above 85 mph between timed tollgate captures?
Toll roads in Florida don't accept them...seems unlikely Texas would.
I don't think so. You need a TxTag: http://www.txtag.org/.
However, that works everywhere in Texas. The Dallas and Houston tolltag authorities have their own tolltag, but they also work everywhere in Texas.
You can still drive on the tollroads. It will just snap a picture of your license plate and mail a bill to the address on your registration. However, it's about 50% more, at least where I drive.
I don't know if they send the bill for just one or two tolls.
Hey, I've got one of those too!
That's a bummer! Not to worry Gator, I'll let you drive mine.....(when I can afford one).
What a conundrum, you can afford one but can't, while I can't afford one but can.......life isn't fair.
I guess it was just my bad luck to get pulled over in Garland for doing 75.
It is a 2013 Cruze....can do 140mph.
What's the point?
It can capture the plate in milliseconds...but they wont send you the bill until its already late with a fine attached.
No, didn’t see it. I can’t imagine. Hope they went quickly...
I don’t get out much on interstates or toll roads, anymore. I just remember those toll booth chutes from many years ago. Try to stay on rural or side roads, now. :)
Hennessey was the driver? I wonder if Hennessey has cleaned up his act. A few years back he was sued over and over in Harris county for all sorts of things related to not doing things to peoples cars that he agreed to make faster.
You can google it....
Sometimes I’m just so HOTDAMN proud. Observe this, U.N.
Quote on the Hennessey Performance web site for this car, Cadillac CTS-V 610 to 1250 HP Available and top speed of up to 242mph.
Or maybe this 2013 Hennessey Venom GT @1244 HP as "The World's most powerful Roadster"
Gee I wonder what their gas mileage is?
Bill Kirchen’s version:
“He went thru a toll booth lane at 220mph? Holy Carp!”
They aren’t toll booths. They are baasically structures that span across the road with cameras in over the lanes.
That Cadillac is priced at 1.5 million... gas price is probably not an issue. ;>)
Here in El California, if you ain’t doin’ at least 75 you could be run over. Without tolls. Everywhere.
However, the video was great. Loud pipes rule.
Life needs to be longer... there are just too many toys to buy. ;>)
After reading your post, your name and your tag line I clicked on your name.
A buddy of mine once described local traffic as "people here don't drive their cars, they aim them".
Will they take my E-Z Pass?
If the EZ TAG and the EZ PASS are the same thing then you are good to go.
TxTag is accepted on toll roads statewide. You can get your TxTag online or by phone at 1-888-468-9824.
The Dallas/Fort Worth area TollTag and Houston EZ TAG are also accepted on Austin area toll roads.
I don’t get out on tollroads/interstates any more; just remember the PA Turnpike from many years ago. I’m a side road driver, living here in Farm Country.
Now if Texas would just continue with that bypass all the way to the Oklahoma border. A few years ago my wife and I drove across Texas from the west to just north of San Antonio and then got on the bypass. It was great. Then we got off the bypass north of Austin. Then it was not great. We were in a traffic jam for about fifty miles on I-35 until we got to Waco and my brother’s house. The moral of the story: stay off I-35 on Fridays during football season.
No, E-Z Pass is a mostly northeastern inter-agency pass: