What’s the fastest car in the world? If you’re a petrolhead, there’s probably at least a small part of you that wonders from time to time. Well, wonder no more – because we’ve got the definitive top 10 of production cars with the highest top speeds of any going. Here are the 5 fastest production cars in the world.
5. SSC Ultimate Aero
Max speed: 256mph
It might not be quite as famous as the Bugatti Veyron, but the SSC Ultimate Aero held the record for the fastest car in the world for a brief period, until the Veyron SuperSport swept in and stole its crown (twice, due to a technicality).
4. Bugatti Veyron SuperSport
Max speed: 268mph
The Veyron SuperSport’s claim to the crown of fastest car in the world did not go entirely smoothly; its record was rescinded at first due to a technical quibble over a speed limiter fitted to the standard car, which was removed for the test. But as speed limiter removal was available as an optional extra, Guinness officials allowed the record to stand.
3. Hennessey Venom GT
Max speed: 270mph
The Hennessey’s top speed here is that which was claimed by its maker; in an official attempt at the record it only managed to reach this speed in one direction, rather than both. But one thing’s for certain: with a 1,244bhp twin-turbocharged V8 engine, this is one exceptionally fast car.
2. 9ff GT9-R
Max speed: 254mph
Based (extremely) loosely upon the 997-generation Porsche 911 GT3, the 9ff GT9-R is one of the most extreme iterations of the Porsche 911 one can buy. It is essentially a racing car made legal for the road- as evinced by its 1,120bhp 4.0-litre flat-six twin-turbo engine.
1. Koenigsegg One:1
Max speed: 273mph (theoretical)
It’s impossible to tell exactly how fast the One:1 is in the real world as it’s never been put to the test, but maker Koenigsegg is confident of its ability to top the tables. And with the One:1 putting out a staggering 1,342bhp, who can blame them?