The Top Ten Fastest Cars Ever Made
Cars were once always known as a method of transportation, an automobile that can get you from point A to point B in one piece and in relative comfort. But as times have progressed, cars have become ludicrously fast, making dizzying amounts of power that could just throw you back in your seat, and some that set world records for traveling at speeds that no other automobile has ever done.
To celebrate the marvelous feats of engineering, we look at the top 10 cars that traverse the roads.
McLaren F1- 240.1 MPH – $815,000.
On the 31st of March in the year 1998, the McLaren F1 set a top speed world record of 240.1 MPH or 349 KM/H at the Volkswagen’s test track in Ehra-Lessien which is in Germany. The car was designed by Peter Stevens and the Chief Engineer was Gordon Murray.
The car originally was supposed to have a Honda-designed 4.5 litre v10 or v12, but that fell through and the F1 was then equipped with a BMW 6.1L V12 engine named the S70/2, the engine was very similar to what was used in one of BMWs Le Mans car which was very reliable and robust. It was also one of the first production cars to use a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis.
McLaren Speedtail- 250MPH – $2 million.
This unique 3-seater similar to the F1 is powered by the M840T engine from the McLaren 720s, only it has been modified to push 1,036 HP. The Speedtail hit its top speed of 250MPH more than 30 times during its testing at Florida’s Kennedy Space Centre and it was also tested at numerous tracks in Italy, Germany, and Spain. The car is also capable of a speed of more than 250mph, but it was electronically limited by McLaren. Only 106 Speedtails were produced.
Bugatti Veyron- 253.8 MPH- $1.9 Million.
This is the original Bugatti Veyron, it was also the first production car to surpass the 250mph mark, this car was also the first to dethrone the McLaren F1 and break its top speed record. The Veyron was powered by the quad-turbo w16 which generated 987 hp and 922-pound feet of torque which propelled the car to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and help it hit its top speed of 253.8 MPH.
SSC Ultimate Aero- 256.1 MPH- $1.6 million
The Ultimate Aero stole the record from the original Bugatti Veyron in 2007 by hitting a top speed of 256.1 MPH, the Aero was powered by a 6.3 twin-turbo V8 that made 1,183 horsepower and 1,094-foot-pounds of torque. Towards the end of production, the car received an upgraded 6.9 twin-turbo v8 with 1,300 horsepower. The Ultimate Aero was discontinued in 2013 and its record was broken by a Bugatti in 2010.
Koenigsegg Agera R: 260MPH- $1,500,000
Sure, you might know the Agera RS as the fastest Koenigsegg, but the Agera R is no slouch either. The heart of the R is the companies infamous twin-turbo 5.0 V8 which pushes a rowdy 1,124 hp and 885-pound feet of torque, this car set a lot of records for Koenigsegg and built a stronghold for them, the Agera R records were broken by the stronger brother, the Agera RS.
Bugatti Chiron: 261 MPH- $3 million
Bugatti is no stranger to setting records, that is very evident from their repeated appearance on this list. The Chiron was the Veyron’s successor which was released in 2016, it received an 8.0l W16 which cranked out 1,479 hp and 1,180 pound-feet of torque, speed was limited to a firm 261MPH, which means it has a lot more potential, the car does 0-60 in 2.6 seconds. Production was limited to no more than 500 units.
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport: 268 MPH- $2,426,904
Ah yes, another Bugatti on the list, one after the other, well this is the beefed-up version of the regular Veyron, this 30-unit limited version has an enhanced version of the 8.0l w16 engine which makes a whole 197 hp more than the regular Veyron and makes 1,106-pound-feet of torque, the car is limited to 258mph to protect the tires, which is a letdown but safety is the first priority when you’re going that fast.
Koenigsegg Agera RS: 278 MPH- $2.5 million
This is the Agera R’s bigger brother as mentioned earlier, it packs an upgraded version of the same twin-turbo 5.0l v8 from the R. 0-60 is in 2.6 seconds, this beast of a car was limited to only 25 examples worldwide. The Agera RS broke the world record for the fastest production car in November 2017.
Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+: 304 MPH- $3.9 million
Oh Boy that is one long name, and it is the third Bugatti on this list, the Chiron was already fast, but Bugatti had plans for absolute domination. The engine was borrowed from the ultra-rare Bugatti Centodieci, which meant it had 99 more hp than the regular Chiron, coupled with extensive aerodynamic modifications that made the car almost 10 inches long and longer gear ratios, Bugatti had cooked the perfect recipe to make the worlds fastest car.
In order to validate the top speed run and enter the record, Bugatti built 30 of these cars.
SSC Tuatara: 316.11 MPH- $1.9 million
Well, this is the fastest car on Earth, or maybe not, the SSC Tuatara hit a top speed of 316.11 MPH on a stretch of closed highway in Nevada. Although it was claimed that it legitimately hit that figure, many people came out speaking against the run, saying that it was inaccurate, and The Guinness World Records refused to validate the run due to technical inconsistencies, the run will be retaken according to SSC.