When you think about it there is no need to worry about fast cars when our planet is hurtling through space at a staggering 67,000 miles per hour. And yet, as humans we seem to have an insatiable desire to push the limits of machines – be it for science or purely for fun – and cars are no exception. So which are the fastest production cars in the world? Read on to find out.
1. Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+
Top Speed 304.7 mph.
Yes, you read that right – a production car with a staggering top speed of over 300 miles per hour. To put that into perspective, the fastest speed recorded in Formula 1 is 223 mph! The car was the first ever to break the 300 mph barrier, and to celebrate, Bugatti went on to produce a generous run of… 30 units. A machine of beauty, the Chiron Super Sport 300+ bodywork has been extended and aerodynamically optimized for extremely high-speed performance, with a perfect balance between low drag and downforce to improve performance and stability. It features an iconic W16 8.0-litre engine that delivers an output of 1.176 kW/1.600 HP – 100 HP greater than the standard Chiron!
It is, of course, no surprise to see Bugatti in a podium position, after all, two other Bugatti production cars have also enjoyed record-breaking status and remain in the top ten – the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport at a cool 267.8 mph and the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 at an impressive 253.8mph.
We don’t know the exact figures for the Chiron Super Sport, but it has been reported that the Veyron’s tyres will last just 15 minutes at top speed. Not that it matters of course – it will run out of fuel in 12.
2. Koenigsegg Agera RS
Top Speed 285 mph
Well, it might fall a little short of that magical 300 mph mark, but let’s face it, a top speed of almost 290 miles per hour is certainly an incredible achievement. According to the manufacturers, ‘the Koenigsegg Agera RS has its focus set firmly on the track but is still perfect for regular use on the road …” We’re not sure which roads they were referring to! For those who like a little trivia, the name comes from the Swedish verb ‘agera’ which means “to act”.
The Agera was named Hypercar of the Year in 2010 by Top Gear magazine, while the RS variant enjoyed a spell as the world’s fastest production car in 2017, setting a record with a GPS-verified two-way average top speed of 278 mph and a fastest straight-line speed of 285 mph.
3. Hennessey Venom GT
Top Speed 270.49 mph
The Hennessey Venom GT is a high-performance sports car manufactured by Texas-based Hennessey Performance Engineering and based on the Lotus Elise/Exige.
On February 14, 2014, the Hennessey Venom GT achieved a top speed of 270.49 mph at the Kennedy Space Center on the Shuttle Landing Facility’s 3.2-mile runway, setting the record at the time for the fastest production car.
In the words of company founder and president John Hennessey, “I wanted to be an astronaut when I was a kid. Neil Armstrong was my childhood hero.” Well, that explains a thing or two!
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