Are you aiming to cruise for about 200 miles per hour on your road journey? Or do you want to move from Lagos to Ibadan or Abuja to Kaduna in just one hour? Well, you have got to grab not a conventional, but a super fast car to do the job. This post will highlight the fastest cars in the world for you to choose from.
Asides from the convenience of movement and luxury, speed is one of the essential features that any motorist desires for his or her car. The movement of a car largely depends on how fast a car is. Fast cars move at a great speed. A quick car may not go faster than 100 miles per hour, but a fast car will go beyond 200mph.
Speed is the most realistic criterion that is used to judge how fast a car is. Fast cars, which are more like supercars, are manufactured by automobile producers purely for bragging rights. Since the Bugatti Type 41 Royale was certified as the first fast car in the 1920s, car manufacturers have continued to outdo themselves in manufacturing fast cars.
The speed of fast cars is calculated based on two drive runs by the cars in opposite directions. Having two drive runs in different directions enables the assessors to detect and evaluate differences in top speed due to wind from opposite directions. Also, two features that determine how fast a car is are torque and horsepower. According to automobile experts, the higher the torque and horsepower, the faster the car moves.
Top 10 fastest cars in the world
Launched in 2020, the McLaren Speedtail provides the look of a car that is not very intriguing to look at, but it is a speedster. This sports car, produced by the popular McLaren company (which runs a team in Formula 1), has been tested to hit about 250mph. The car is unique as it has a three-seat layout with the driver’s seat in the centre, mirrored after the record-breaking McLaren F1 of the early 20th century.
The car uses a hybrid powertrain, with a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine and a 1,035PS. The vehicle is also an electric one as it is a 312PS electric motor, and it has a combined total output of 1,050PS. The car’s aerodynamics ensures that it is built for top speed.
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The Rimac Nevera is an electric car which accelerates at top speed, thereby disproving the notion that electric vehicles move only beyond a certain limit. Launched by its Croatian manufacturer in 2021, the Rimac Nevera goes from 0 to 186 mph in less than 10 seconds.
It is powered by a combined 1900PS from four electric motors powering each wheel and this vehicle’s top speed is an estimated 258mph. The car’s speed is boosted by its 1,914PS, clever torque vectoring and a heavily built 120kWh battery, and has regenerative braking of up to 300kW of power, one of the most powerful for an electric vehicle.
SSC Ultimate Aero
SSC North America (formerly Shelby SuperCars Inc.) is an American automobile manufacturer responsible for manufacturing SSC Ultimate Aero, which was the fastest car in the world from 2007 to 2010. At its launch in September 2007, the car hit a top speed of 256.1mph.
The SSC Ultimate Aero uses a twin-turbo engine and was initially produced with a 6.3-litre V-8 engine. However, later limited edition releases of the car came with a 6.9-litre engine. It was manufactured with 1,183PS, whose power was later increased to 1,300PS in subsequent editions, and 1,094 pound-feet of tap torque.
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport made its debut in 2005 and this sporty jewel is extremely fast. It was super fast to the extent that it held the title of the fastest car in the world at the time of its release into the market.
The Bugatti Veyron Sport moves at a top speed of 267.8 mph and uses a quad-turbo, 8.0-litre W-16 engine. This French-produced car produced an impressive 1,200PS, which is 200 more than the regular rate. The speed was, however, limited to 258 mph for the production cars to protect the tires.
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Hennessey Venom F5
Although renowned for remaking cars, the US-based Hennessey Performance Engineering decided to manufacture its car from the scratch. And what a car the Hennessey Venom F5 is turning out to be.
Produced in 2022, this hypercar achieved 270mph during the testing process. It uses a 6.6-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, which enables the car to produce more than 1,800PS alongside 1,193 pound-feet of torque. But according to the manufacturer, it is just the tip of the iceberg as it working hard to ensure that this hypercar can sprint to 60 mph in under three seconds and exceeds 311mph.
Koenigsegg Agera RS
The Koenigsegg Agera RS was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. It is an advanced version of the Agera R and combined the features of the Agera R and the Agera S. It was certified as the world’s fastest car on 4 November 2017 after it produced an average top speed of 277.9 mph just outside of the city of Las Vegas in the US.
This car, which goes from 0 to 250 mph to 0 in 36.44 seconds, is powered by a 5.0-litre V8 engine and a power output of 1,176 PS. The optional 1-megawatt package increases the engine’s power to 1,360 PS.
Back on this list is another SSC-manufactured car, this time it is the SSC Tuatara. Although the determination of its top speed stirred controversy, this hypercar, which was produced in 2020 but released in the market in 2021, officially moves at 283mph.
The tests in 2021 showed that the Tuatara hit 286mph and averaged nearly 283mph on both runs. It utilises a 5.9-litre Flat-Plane Crank V-8 engine and produces a 1750PS and 1,280 pound-feet of torque.
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The Bugatti Bolide is the second car of the French-based automobile manufacturer, Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S., to make this list. The Bolide is built using the framework of the 8-liter quad-turbo W16 engine and the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The Bolide, according to its manufacturers, can move above 300mph (310mph claimed) and can accelerate from 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.2 seconds. The W16 engine allows the supercar to generate 1,849 PS and 1,850 N⋅m of torque. The boost in power is attributed to bigger blades in the turbochargers and the different orientations of the turbochargers themselves.
Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+
Well, the Bugatti’s cannot just stop producing fast cars, can they? The Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ is the first supercar in the world certified to have exceeded the exceed 300 mph mark. This car is a special and muscular version of the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport, which is pretty fast on its own.
The Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ accelerates at a top speed of 304mph, moving at 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds. However, its speed for production cars was limited to 273mph. It is powered by a quad-turbo, 8.0-litre W-16 engine and produces 1,578 PS (99 more than the standard Chiron) and 1,180 pound-feet of torque.
Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut
Well, it is great to save the best for the last, isn’t it? The Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut is officially certified as the fastest car in the world. Launched in 2022, the Swedish-manufactured car hit a top speed of 310mph during testing.
The Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut is propelled by a 5-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, which can generate an estimated minimum of 1,600PS and 1,106 pound-feet of torque. The aerodynamics and high-speed road behaviour make the car “unbelievably fast”, according to the manufacturer. The company has also claimed that the hypercar will go faster due to its super slippery, low-drag body.
A note of caution though: the claim about the Jesko Absolut’s top speed is still theoretical.
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