Dave Black, Ed Bolian and Dan Huang pose in front of the car they used to break the record. Bolian was the leader and main driver, Black acted as the co-driver and Huang was the team's spotter -- keeping an eye on the car's considerable technology while looking out for obstacles.
Bolian chose a Mercedes-Benz CL55 AMG for the dash. It offered a combination of gas mileage and performance the team needed to break the record.
The Mercedes also offered an active suspension system, which was needed to handle the weight of two additional fuel tanks in the trunk. The extra fuel allowed the team to stop less and increase their average speed.
The cockpit of the car was equipped with a slew of countermeasures to prevent getting caught speeding, including laser jammers, radar detectors and a switch to kill the rear lights -- making the car less noticeable at night. They also used GPS systems with traffic alerts and smartphone applications to track traffic and speed traps.
All of those devices need power, so Bolian had extra power ports installed in the car.
Drivers need energy, too. The team stocked the car with coffee, energy drinks and snacks.
On some of the more barren stretches, the team reached speeds of up to 158 mph.
The team completed the run in just under 29 hours.
The team poses at the Portofino Hotel and Marina in Redondo Beach, Calif., after shattering the record.
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