Zero to 60 might be probably the most sensible, on a regular basis efficiency benchmark, however there’s no higher final rating issue than high velocity – probably the most no holds barred, balls-to-the-wall stat a supercar can have. It takes numerous engineering genius to maneuver so shortly down a strip of pavement with out falling aside.
Here’s a checklist of the 10 quickest manufacturing vehicles on the planet ranked by high velocity. All of the vehicles you’ll count on are right here, ranked from quickest to slowest (although calling any of those sluggish is blasphemy.) And to make clear, sure, all of those vehicles are street-legal.
#1: SSC Tuatara
Prime Velocity: 282.9 mph
Engine: 1,750 horsepower
We’ve been listening to about SSC’s Tuatara since no less than 2011. Created by American supercar maker SSC (previously Shelby SuperCars, no relation to Caroll Shelby), the Tuatara not solely beat the subsequent quickest supercar on the checklist however blew it out of the water (or salt flats, because it have been.)
On October tenth, 2020, the SSC Tuatara managed to assert the title of the world’s quickest manufacturing automobile by clocking a median run of 316.11 mph (508.73 kph), additionally claiming the title for the primary manufacturing automotive to interrupt the five hundred kph barrier. However that report wasn’t official, apparently, in order that they went again and did one other run in January 2021, this time formally grabbing the report at 282.9 mph.
The SSC Tuatara is powered by a twin-turbocharged 5.9-liter V8 producing 1,350 horsepower utilizing 91 octane gasoline and 1,750 horses in the event you slip in some E85 juice.
#2: Koenigsegg Agera RS
Prime Velocity: 277.87 mph
Engine: 1,341 horsepower
The Koenigsegg Agera RS is a hybrid of kinds (no, not that sort of hybrid). It’s an Agera R at coronary heart, with a few of the superior tech of the One:1 and a few of the Agera S sprinkled in for good measure.
There have been solely 25 examples of the Agera RS produced. Powered by a 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8, the “regular” Agera RS produces 1,160 horsepower (on common pump gasoline, thoughts you). Nonetheless, 11 fortunate house owners have been in a position to (theoretically) hit the highest velocity of 277 resulting from checking the “1MW” particular bundle when ordering theirs, which will increase the ponies to 1,341.
Koenigsegg stated goodbye to the Agera in mid-2018 with two closing examples named Thor and Väder.
#3: Hennessey Venom GT
Prime Velocity: 270.49 mph
Engine: 1,244 horsepower
This hypercar from Texas-based Hennessey is a powerful machine, to say the least. Sporting a twin-turbo 7.0-liter V8 producing an enormous 1,244 horsepower, the Venom GT beat a world report set by the Koenigsegg Agera R because the quickest accelerating manufacturing automotive on the planet when it did a run from zero to 186 mph in 13.63 seconds.
This beast can go from zero to 100 mph in 5.6 seconds (a world report) and hit 200 mph from a cease in solely 14.51 seconds (additionally a world report). Hennessey claims the Venom GT can attain a high velocity of 278 mph if given a bit extra room to do it. So far as Hennessey goes, all eyes are actually on the Venom F5 Revolution, which has the potential to shake issues up on this checklist.
#4: Bugatti Chiron
Prime Velocity: 261 mph
Engine: 1,479 horsepower
Bugatti, by no means one to again down from a top-speed struggle, constructed the Chiron as a successor to the already world-record-breaking Veyron Tremendous Sport (beneath). The Chiron carries over the identical 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 engine because the Veyron however is modified to provide (fairly a bit) extra energy.
However right here’s the attention-grabbing half. The highest velocity of the Bugatti Chiron – 261 mph – is electronically restricted resulting from security. Merely put, no one’s constructed a tire that may deal with speeds in extra of 280 mph. Michelin says they’re engaged on it, however till tire tech can catch up, don’t count on high speeds to go a lot previous 280 mph.
So, how briskly can the Chiron go? No person is aware of for positive (or dares strive), however the speedometer goes as much as 500 km/h (about 311 mph). Because the a lot much less highly effective Veyron SS beneath hit over 268 mph with the velocity limiter eliminated, we’re going to only fudge it a bit bit and faux the Chiron is formally sooner.
#5: Bugatti Veyron Tremendous Sport
Prime Velocity: 267.81 mph
Engine: 1,200 horsepower
To beat SSC’s Final Aero, Bugatti slapped greater turbos and intercoolers on their earlier world-record-holding Veyron to provide a significantly spectacular 1,200 horsepower. The Veyron SS nonetheless homes the identical 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 engine however with 200 extra horsepower. To deal with the additional velocity and energy, Bugatti additionally needed to revise the chassis and suspension.
Solely 30 Veyron Tremendous Sport fashions have been produced. Electronically restricted to 258 mph for the manufacturing vehicles, Guinness World Data stated though the velocity limiter was eliminated, the highest velocity was nonetheless legitimate. We simply want they might have let the Chiron above do the identical.
#6: SSC Final Aero TT
Prime Velocity: 256.18 mph
Engine: 1,183 horsepower
Boutique supercar maker Shelby SuperCars (SSC) unleashed the Final Aero in 2007, destroying the dearer Bugatti Veyron’s high velocity report. The automotive in query was a 2007 mannequin – since then, SSC has upgraded the Aero to incorporate an all-new twin-turbo V8 engine, producing 1,287 horsepower, giving the automotive a theoretical high velocity of 290 mph.
SSC says given a protracted sufficient highway, they might get the automotive as much as 270 mph. That will break the Veyron’s report once more, so let’s see in the event that they ever get round to it.
#7: Koenigsegg CCXR
Prime Velocity: 249 mph
Engine: 1,004 horsepower
The Koenigsegg CCXR is a extra “eco-friendly” model of the CCX. Powered by the identical 4.7-liter twin-supercharged V8 engine because the CCX, it was modified to run on E85 gasoline, bringing the horsepower output up from 795 to a whopping 1,004.
Though the Koenigsegg CCR broke the highest velocity report in 2005 on a round monitor, the up to date CCXR has a greater engine, aerodynamics, and, nicely, just about the whole lot else. We’d like to see the Swedish firm get this out on the VW check monitor, which is identical monitor on which the Veyron was examined (and a straight line, not a circle.)
#8: Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo
Prime Velocity: 248 mph
Engine: 750 horsepower
Saleen’s first automotive was not based mostly on an present mannequin, however the S7 supercar grabbed numerous consideration when it was launched in 2000. An up to date Twin-Turbo mannequin adopted shortly afterward, offering 750 horsepower and a 248 mph high velocity. Saleen provided a contest bundle rising horsepower to 1,000, which brings the highest velocity as much as a rumored 260 mph.
Curiosity has dropped for the S7, but when they’ll come again and declare a high velocity near Bugatti, Hennessey, or SSC, we’d see some extra of Saleen’s supercar sooner or later. There was the ’80’s retro-cool Saleen S5S Raptor Idea that got here out in 2008 however that by no means noticed the sunshine of day.
#9: McLaren F1
Prime Velocity: 240.14
Engine: 618 horsepower
The McLaren F1 first appeared in 1993, and it’s nonetheless one of many quickest vehicles on the planet. It’s additionally probably the most sought-after. Produced from 1993 to 1998, any F1 will promote at this time for high greenback, as is evidenced by this 1995 McLaren F1 highway automotive. In August 2021, it set a report public sale worth of $20.465 million throughout Gooding & Firm’s Pebble Seaside Public sale.
The quantity of “firsts” that McLaren launched to highway vehicles by way of the F1 is much too lengthy to checklist, however suffice it to say, the British firm blew everybody else out of the water on the time. With simply 64 variations of the highway automotive ever made, solely a fortunate few will ever have the honour of driving one.
#10: Pagani Huayra
Prime Velocity: 238 mph
Engine: 720 horsepower
The Pagani Zonda continues to be one among our favourite vehicles of all time. We aren’t large followers of the Huayra’s styling (or identify) when in comparison with the Zonda, however we’ve got to confess it’s an unimaginable automotive nonetheless.
The Huayra’s AMG-sourced 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 produces 720 horsepower. With the assistance of a seven-speed single-clutch sequential gearbox, the Huayra hits 60 in solely 2.8 seconds with a high velocity of 238 mph. It gained’t be lengthy earlier than Pagani lands on this checklist once more – maybe increased up – with its new Utopia hypercar.
Honodable Point out: Ferrari Enzo
Prime Velocity: 221 mph
Engine: 651 horsepower
One other one of many few naturally-aspirated vehicles on this checklist, the Ferrari Enzo is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 producing 651 horsepower. Solely 399 Enzos have been constructed on the market, and as standard, all have been bought to present clients by way of invitation. There was yet another Enzo constructed, nevertheless it was donated to the Vatican for charity.
Curiously, Enzo’s successor – the LaFerrari – is just in a position to hit an roughly related high velocity regardless of being considerably extra highly effective. Nonetheless, the LaFerrari is faster, with a zero to 62 mph time of two.4 seconds, in comparison with the Enzo’s time of three.2 seconds.
How Prime Velocity Is Calculated
Contemplating how coveted the “Quickest Automobile within the World” title is, it’s no shock there’s a fairly rigorous course of concerned to get there, no less than if you wish to be official. The de facto checklist is from Guinness World Data, which has some particular necessities in place to be thought of.
First, the check must be witnessed by an impartial third social gathering. Subsequent, the automotive makes its first run at no matter location is chosen for the check. Ideally someplace with a protracted, flat highway, reminiscent of VW’s non-public Ehra-Lessien check monitor in Northern Germany. This monitor has an uninterrupted straight for five.6 miles, which is so lengthy you possibly can’t see the opposite finish because of the curvature of the Earth!
Then, the automotive makes one other top-speed run in the other way as a result of there could also be some variations in climate, elevation, or different elements that would alter the measurements in a single course or the opposite. The typical of the 2 runs is used. For instance, if a automotive hits 220.7 mph in a single course and 219.1 mph within the different, the highest velocity recorded is 219.9.