The Fastest Cars in the World Unveiled
Ever since the first Model T Ford rolled off the production line, mankind has been racing cars to see who, and what car, is the fastest. Now there are “everyday” production cars and then there are purpose built race cars. This list contains them all. You may be surprised to learn just which type of cars are the fastest. Yes, electric cars don’t look so nerdy anymore!
Formula 1 Cars
Surprisingly, Formula 1 cars are nowhere near as fast as some of the other cars in this list when you are talking about top end speed. The advantage they have is aerodynamics and cornering ability. They are the fastest road course racing cars in the world and they can reach speeds of up to 220 mph (360 km/h). They are built to be as fast as possible around a winding track, stop quickly and corner at speed. An amazing feature of these cars is that they are all capable of going from 0 – 100 mph (160 km/h) then coming to a complete stop in less than five seconds. Although the numbers vary, one of the fastest recorded 0-60 recorded times is 1.6 seconds, though typically this is around the 2.0 second mark for most F1 vehicles.
This is where things get interesting. Electric powered cars have always been something that you think of as sluggish, conservative and a little bit lame. Forget everything you thought you knew. These things are the new rocket ships of the road. Tesla brought battery powered high performance cars into the mainstream, but there are some scarily fast Electric Vehicles (EV’s) clocking crazy fast times around the world and they’re only getting faster.
Electric cars have efficiency and torque advantages over gasoline-powered vehicles. Electric cars can convert the stored power to torque almost instantly, at 90 percent efficiency vs. 35 percent efficiency for internal combustion engines.
Fastest Electric Track Car
The fasted electric car in the world is called the Grimsel. It can do 0-60 in 1.785 seconds in less than 30 meters! The car only weighs 370 pounds and it can explode off the line with it’s 200 hp engine, making it one of the meanest (and quietest) cars on earth.
Fastest Production Electric Car
The Rimac Concept_One is scheduled for production in early 2015. The Concept_One can haul from 0-60 in 2.8 seconds, making it one of the fastest of any production cars in the world. It’s faster than the Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari 458 and Koenigsegg super car. The Riman Concept_One has displaced Tesla from the number one spot. The Tesla Roadster reaches 0-60 in a very respectable 3.7 seconds.
Drag Racing Cars
We all know about drag racing, it’s over before you blink, there are some crashes and red necks just love it. Drag racing is all about laying down the fastest 1/4 mile time. The fastest ever is 3.58 secs @ 386 mph (621.61 km/h) set in Santa Pod, UK. That’s getting to 621 km/h in 400 meters. The car is powered by a fuel called hydrogen peroxide, this is pumped into the rocket engine using two tanks of air.
The Top 5 Fastest Production Cars
These cars are street legal and available for sale to the “general public”, though you will need a spare $1 million in change and some connections to get hold of one. These cars are ranked by their top speed, and these are seriously high.
The Hennessey Venom GT was the fastest car in the world in 2014 when it clocked a top speed of 270 mph (435 km/h). If you are thinking of adding one to your car collection you will need a spare $1 million in change. It’s not a house hold name, but that is the trend with the makers of the fastest cars, they are extremely niche. A 0-60 time of 2.5 seconds is super quick for a car with an amazingly fast top end speed too. The engine is a 7.0 liter LS7 Turbocharged V8 Twin Turbo Engine that produces 1244 horse power.
Bugatti is a name synonymous with super cars, the original Veyron was the first production car to break the 250 mph barrier. The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport has clocked 269.86mph mph (431 km/h) and has a 0-60 mph time of 2.4 seconds. The top 3 super car makers regularly trade places for the fastest times, but for now Bugatti is number 2. The Bugatti’s top speed and acceleration that is not for the feint hearted, neither is it’s price tag at $2,400,000. The car’s luxury interior sits on top of 1200 hp that is powered by a 8 liter W16 engine.
The Koenigsegg Agera R. Admittedly I haven’t seen a Koenigsegg dealership in my neighbourhood, that’s probably because the entry level prices are over is $1,000,000. When it comes to super cars, Koenigsegg is one of the big players. The competition between the top super car manufacturers is enormous, of course everyone wants the world’s fastest car title, and Koenigsegg claim that the Agera R is the fastest. With a reputed top speed of 273 mph – this would make it number 1, however the current top tested speed is 260 mph (418 km/h). The car boasts 1,124bhp from a twin-turbocharged V8 engine.
The SSC Ultimate Aero was the fastest car in the world between 2007 and 2010 with a top speed of 257 mph (413 km/h) and a 0-60 time of 2.7 seconds. Shelby Super Car (SSC) was a company previously known for creating replicas until they came out with the SSC and shocked the world. At a fairly reasonable $600,000, the car is half the price of most of it’s competitors and the makers are dedicated to reclaiming the number 1 spot. Their SSC Tuatura is their next big hope.
The 9ff GT9-R is tied for 4th place with the SSC, also clocking a top speed of 257 mph (413 km/h). The car is based off the Porsche 911 and with a price tag of $695,000, 9ff decided to only make 20 units, which they modified to suit the owners tastes.
This is no Toyota Prius. The Porsche 918 Spyder is the meanest hybrid car in the world. It cranks out 0-60 in 2.5 seconds and has a top speed of 214 mph. This is seriously fast across any make of car. The car has the best of both worlds with a 4.6 liter V8 engine and a two electric motors that create 887 hp.
Rocket Powered Cars
Clearly this is a niche category. But if you are going to write about fast cars, this is the pinnacle. In 1997 in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, Royal Air Force fighter pilot Andy Green “drove” the Thrust SSC jet-propelled car into the record books. The UK team broke the land speed record, and the sound barrier while they were at it, clocking 1,227.985 km/h (763.035 mi/h).