VIDEO: 10 Fastest Production Cars Ever Built
The holy grail of speed has always been the production car speed record.
Many car companies run for thesse record, but not many succeed to put their name into the World Guinnes Book. As i told you, some of them have succeeded and some not, but either way, these machines are fantastic.
Most of the cars, on the list bellow are very expensive and only built in limited copies. In order to get on the list, the car must be street legal, so no Formula One cars or land speed machines. The laws for getting on the list are also very tough, as there are no set rules. Nonetheless, the current fastest production car hit a speed of 267 miles per hour. Can you guess which car that was?
10. Ferrari Enzo – 217 MPH.
The production number of this car is limited at 399. This car is powered by a V12 engine which developes 660 HP.
This Ferrari typically trades above $1,000,000 at auction, making it just as expensive as the Bugatti Veyron.
9. Jaguar XJ220 – 217 MPH.
The XJ200 model held the record for the highest top speed of a production car, reaching 217 mph until the McLaren F1 shows.
Under the hood this car has an V6 3.5 liters engine, with twin Garrett T3 turbochargers, generating 542 HP.
8. Ascari A10 – 220 MPH.
This car has a modified V8 5.0-liter BMW engine, producing 625 HP. Only 50 A10′s will be built, making this just as rare as anything else on this list.
7. Gumpert Apollo – 220 MPH.
This car holds the top spot at the Top Gear track. The Apollo is produced by a German automaker in Altenburg.
For those of you who want to chose, there are three engine types available with the race version rated at 789 HP. The car production started in October 2005.
6. McLaren F1 – 240 MPH.
McLaren F1, set the record for the fastest production car in the world reaching 240 mph.
The car has a V12 6.1-liter with 627 HP. In order to drive the car, the driver must sit in the middle, like in a Formula One car.
5. Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo – 248 MPH.
The original S7 was rare, but this version won’t be seen by many people. Under the hood is a V8 engine with 750 HP. This twin-turbocharged monster went on sale for $585,296 in 2005.
4. Koenigsegg CCR- 245 MPH.
The CCR can hit a top speed of 245 mph and it will hit 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. The engine is a V8 4.7-liter with four valves per cylinder, double overhead camshafts, and carbon fiber cam covers.
The CCR didn’t hold the record for very long, as the prototype Veyron took the title in 2005.
3. Bugatti Veyron – 253 MPH.
The original Bugatti was considered by the automotive press as a car that could never be built. In a classic foot in mouth moment, the Germans delivered the Veyron with a top speed of 253 mph from an W16 8.0-liter engine.
2. SSC Ultimate Aero TT – 256 MPH.
The Ultimate Aero TT is a supercar built by Shelby in United States. SSC tested its top speed capability of the Ultimate Aero TT on March 22, 2007. The car hit a top speed of 256 mph, beating the record held by the standard Bugatti Veyron. Under the hood is a V8 6.35-liter engine.
1. Bugatti Veyron Super Sports – 267 MPH.
As the Veyron wasn’t fast enough, the new Bugatti Veyron Super Sports model is just insane. Under the hood is a engine capable of 1,100 HP and speeds of 267 mph. In order to get that kind of speed out of the car, Bugatti had to make the normal Veyron more aerodynamic. On top of the speed record, the car was also the fastest around the Top Gear test track.
The key has never been speed, most supercars can hit very high speed. The trick is to make a car that can withstand the forces that accompany those speeds.