A car may have the most beautiful exterior and interior but car lover will only flock to the side of the fastest one.
When it comes to cars there are many ways to measure their worth but none as crucial as the top speed. Let us review some of the fastest cars ever created (via AutoCar and DigitalTrends) and currently available in production version if you have the bank balance to afford them.
Hennessey Venom GT
First off the line-up is the Hennessey Venom GT with a top speed of 270 mph. The Lotus Elise chassis equipped with a 1,244-hp 7.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine makes this car the fastest of them all in the world. At the Kennedy Space Center last year, Hennessey recorded a top speed of 270.4-mph, which is easily the highest recorded speed, but is subject to some debate due to its hand-built nature.
Next up is the Bugatti Chiron since it is another monumental feat of engineering by Bugatti. The supercar has so far shown a performance so marvelous it has well earned its spot. It took the Volkswagen Group, a total of 10 years to produce the Bugatti Chiron. The car is named after the most famous centaur in Greek mythology. The Chiron is also the successor of the world renowned Veyron. So far the Chiron has been able to hit a top speed of over 261 mph under legal settings, with the help of its impressive 1500 hp, which can be compared to a beast in chains. But still the top speed of the Chiron remains a mystery. Furthermore the Chiron has the ability to automatically adjust itself as the speed increases or decreases which in turn ensures optimal performance. Only 500 of the Chiron will ever be made and they will cost a huge $2.6 million per piece.
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
The third contender of the fastest car in the world is another Bugatti; the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. When Volkswagen purchased Bugatti they equipped the originally celebrated Veyron with a quad-turbocharged W16 engine for its production version, capable of producing 1,000 hp, and tagged it with a price tag of $1.7 million. The new Veyron has a top speed of 268 mph recorded at Volkswagen’s Ehra-Lessein test track. The Veyron Super Sport is also recognized as the world’s fastest production car by the Guinness Book of World Records.
SSC Ultimate Aero
Not one to stay behind is the SSC Ultimate Aero, which has made a name for itself due to its amazingly uncommon speed. The Aero also has the privilege of having momentarily bested the prestigious Bugatti. The Shelby SuperCars (SSC) was a name no one had ever heard of before and has no ties with the Carroll Shelby of Cobra fame. Still the SSC car; Ultimate Aero was for a time the fastest production car in the world, since it hit a top speed of 256 mph back in 2007, with the help of its 6.3-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, capable of producing 1,287 hp. What truly sets the Ultimate Aero apart from other is the absence of the electronic driver aids. Therefore there no help in controlling the power, thus giving a purer driving experience, for those not scared of death.
Saleen S7 Twin Turbo
The Saleen S7 Twin Turbo is another legendary car remarkably known, not only for its speed, but for its peculiar design. The Saleen S7 has an exotic styling which comes with a fast performance and incredible tuning potential, all in one package. That’s not all the history of this supercar is just an enriched as its attributes. The Saleen S7 was America’s first mid-engined supercar and produced back in 2000 till 2009. Even today it is considered one of the best supercars ever built by man. The chassis of the car is incredibly lightweight as it is crafted using both aluminum and steel. The bonnet boasts a 7.0-liter V8 engine which can produce up to 550 hp and can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 3.3 seconds. The Saleen S7 has the honor of having bagged a top speed of 248 mph one of the fastest ever recorded.
Koenigsegg CCR (242 mph)
The Koenigsegg CCR is another car worthy of our attention since it held the title of the ‘world fastets car’ for a brief while. The Swedish supercar builder Koenigsegg brought its CCR to Nardo Ring at Italy in 2005, where the car recorded an amazing top speed of 242 mph. The car was bested by the original Bugatti Veyron but its moment of speed remains with us. The Koenigsegg CCR featured a 4.7-liter V8 engine inside a custom design by the company itself sculpted into a carbon-fiber body, without much aid from the electronics.
When it comes to fast cars the list is incomplete without mentioning the McLaren F1. The F1 is not just a fast car but was ‘the’ most beloved and fastest car in the world for a time. Even though it has since been dethroned the fact remains it is one incredibly engineered car. The F1 has a carbon-fiber body equipped with a 6.1-liter BMW M V12 engine. Most importantly the F1 came with a center driver’s seat which made it the coolest fast car ever. Before the F1 the brand McLaren was only known as a successful race team in Formula 1, but he F1 road car had the potential to challenge even the best of Ferrari and Porsche.