Most car enthusiasts jump at the chance to brag about the fastest cars in the world. Even when there’s little chance that you’ll ever get to test drive one, the performance level of the world’s best cars is often a hot topic for discussion. The performance of the fastest cars is based on the following benchmarks including:
- Acceleration Speed
- Cornering G-Force
- Top Speed
Based on these benchmarks, car lovers around the world rate and compare the highest-performance vehicles. Now you’re probably wondering what are the fastest cars in the world. If you ever have a chance to experience any of the following cars in action, you’ll be amazed, even if you’re not actually the one driving.
Hennessey Venom F5
If it’s speed that you’re looking for, then you’ll be interested in the Hennessey Venom F5. Its top speed of 301 mph takes the top spot for one of the fastest cars. The Hennessey Venom F5 has the following features to ensure its performance is top-notch:
- Carbon fiber chassis
- 7.4 Liter twin-turbocharged V8
It’s claimed that this vehicle can accelerate from zero to 249 mph and back to zero in 30 seconds. For comparison, a regular sportscar can go from zero to 100 mph in the same amount of time.
Team Vesco Terminator II
The impressive Team Vesco Terminator II is the fastest wheel-driven car in the world. What sets it apart from other vehicles is that other cars are built to go fast in a straight line. This car powers its wheels using the same turboshaft engine found in early model Boeing Chinook helicopters. Its top speed has reached 483 mph, setting a new record for speed. It can rocket through one mile in eight seconds.
SSC, the American specialty vehicle manufacturer, has introduced the SSC Tuatara claiming it can hit speeds of 300 mph. To reach this speed, the Tuatara features a 5.9-liter flat-plan crank engine capable of 1,750 horsepower when running on E85 fuel. A seven-speed manual gearbox routes power to the rear wheels. This is certainly an impressive car built for speed.
While there are claims that other performance cars can reach speeds of 300 mph or greater, the Koenigsegg Agera RS has actually demonstrated its ability to reach a top speed of 278 mph. The Swedish automaker was able to demonstrate this car’s performance when the Nevada Department of Transportation closed an 11-mile stretch of roadway just outside Las Vegas. Driver Niklas Lilja put down two high-speed runs. One of those runs was 285 mph, which was recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Hennessey Venom GT
Hennessey introduced its first standalone build when it produced the Hennessey Venom GT. This supercar debuted with a 7.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 1,244 horsepower. The Guinness Book of World Records confirmed a run of 270 mph, but it didn’t come without criticism. Most top speed records are taken from two runs, with each run going in the opposite direction. The Hennessey only had one run. It is also a hand-built, low-production vehicle, garnering it some negative attention.
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
Bugatti once dominated the world’s fastest category before Hennessey and Koenigsegg took over the top spots. After a significant amount of time and resources were invested, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport was created. It utilized a quad-turbocharged W16 engine capable of delivering 1,001 horsepower to all four wheels. The Super Sport was clocked at a top speed of 268 mph.
Trailing behind the Super Sport, the Bugatti Chiron has a top speed of 261 mph. This speed is not drag limited, but rather electronically limited. Why the limitation, if not for safety, aerodynamic or mechanical issues? It is reported that Bugatti is building a special edition Chiron that may place Bugatti at the top of the list of fastest cars, above Hennessey and Koenigsegg.