Design and speed are the most talked-about subjects when it comes to the automobile industry but speed is the one everybody cares about the most. Automobile industry has never failed to surprise the world by producing revolutionary auto-works since its inception. If being fast is concerned, the market is filled with a range of fastest cars at a reasonable price. As per velocity specifications, below-mentioned cars are the fastest production in the world right now, excluding racing and custom job cars.
- Koenigsegg Agera RS: 277 mph
Agera RS has the same previous Agera S engine, which now puts out an incredible horsepower (hp) of 1160. As of November 2017, the Agera RS is the worlds fastest car. Its average top speed is 447.2 km/h (277.9 mph) and a fastest straight-line speed of 457.94 km/h (284.55 mph).
Hennessey Venom F5 has claimed to achieve 301 mph however, Hennessey has yet to confirm its top speed with Guinness World Records and that’s why Koenigsegg Agera is still the official fastest car in the world.
- Hennessey Venom GT: 270 mph
Hennessey recorded a 270 mph run in the year 2014, but only in one direction and that’s why it is not recognized as the world’s fastest car by the Guinness Book of World Records. Usually, a manufacturer has to record run in both directions and then the average of both speeds is taken due to the factor of wind. Although, the Guinness Book of World Record holds Venom GT for the fastest to reach 0-300km/h in 13.63 seconds. The Venom GT can take 0-60 mph in 2.7 seconds and 0-100 under 5.6 seconds. It should also be noted that this is the world’s fastest convertible sports car.
- Bugatti Veyron Super Sport: 267-268 mph
The Super Sport Veyron version has increased engine power of 1200 PS at 6400 rpm and a maximum torque of 1500 Nm at 3000–5000 rpm. The car was once recognized as the world’s second-fastest production car with the top speed of 268 mph (431 km/h). The car can go to 0-100 km/h in 2.5 seconds. It is still recognized by Guinness World Records as the fastest “street-legal” sports car in the world.
- Bugatti Chiron: 261 mph
The Chiron’s top speed is deliberately limited to 261 mph (420 km/h) for safety reasons. Manufacturer concludes that ‘No tyre currently manufactured would be able to handle the stress of such high speed of Chiron’. Chiron carries the same engine from its predecessor Bugatti Veyron with heavy updates. The engine has a peak output of 1103 kW at 6700 rpm and 1600 Nm producing torque ranging from 2000-6000 rpm. The Chiron can accelerate from 0–97 km/h (0–60 mph) in 2.4 seconds and 0–200 km/h (0–124 mph) in 6.5 seconds and 0–300 km/h (0–186 mph) in 13.6 seconds.
- SCC Ultimate Aero: 256 mph
Ultimate Aero held the spot for the top speed of 256 mph back in 2007, beating the non-Super Sport version of the Veyron. The engine is a 6.3-liter twin-turbocharged V8 with 1287 hp producing 6950 rpm. It was the fastest production car in the world, according to the Guinness World Records in 2007, officially timed at 256.18 mph (412.28 km/h).
- Saleen S7 Twin Turbo: 248 mph
Saleen S7 debuted in the year 2000 whose engine was modified to accommodate the S7 Twin Turbo that has 750 hp and a top speed of 248 mph (399 km/h). The car can go 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds and 0-100 mph in 5.9 seconds.
- Koenigsegg CCR: 242 MPH
The CCR managed to take the Guinness record for the world’s fastest production car in February 2005. The CCR has a more powerful engine with twin Rotrex Superchargers producing an 806 hp at 6900 rpm with torque 920 Nm at 5700 rpm. The car’s acceleration test reveals that it can go 0-100 km/h in 3.2 seconds with the top speed of 242 mph. Koenigsegg CCR broke the 8-year-old sensational record set by Mclaren F1.
- McLaren F1: 241 MPH
The extraordinary Mclaren F1 set the Guinness World Record for the world’s fastest car (production car), reaching 240.1 mph (386.4 km/h) in 1998 with the V12:6064 cc engine called the “BMW S70/2”. It produced a maximum power output of 627 PS at 7400 rpm and 5600 rpm of torque. F1 will be remembered as one of the great events in the history of the cars.
- Pagani Huayra BC: 238 mph
Huayra BC has an improved version of the standard Huayra’s engine. Mercedes-AMG built a special twin-turbo, a V12 engine for Huayra BC. The “M158”, produces 755 PS as well as 1100 Nm of torque. The top speed of Huayra BC is 238 mph (383 km/h) with 0-60 acceleration time of 2.8 seconds.
- Zenvo ST1: 233 mph
Danish supercar manufacturer created its twin-charged 7011 cc LS7 V8 engine which generates 1104 PS at 6900 rpm and 1430 Nm of torque at 4500 rpm. The car set a 0–100 km/h (62 mph) time in 3.0 seconds, with 0–200 km/h (124 mph) in 8.9 seconds, with a top speed of 375 km/h (233 mph).
Records are made to be broken
It is safe to declare that these records will never stay the same. Hennessey Venom F5 is a test away from becoming the fastest car in the world. Industry giants like Porsche, Ferrari and McLaren all have lined up their hybrid electric supercars for the road and Lamborghini is even looking beyond something like that. The theoretical project of Lamborghini is called “Terzo Millennio” which means “Third Millennium” and that’s 982 years from now. It will be fascinating to perceive what these companies have under their sleeves.
-Anmol Preet Singh