Zero to 60 might be probably the most life like, on a regular basis efficiency benchmark, however there’s no higher final rating issue than prime velocity – probably the most no holds barred, balls-to-the-wall stat a supercar can have. It takes numerous engineering genius to maneuver so rapidly down a strip of pavement with out falling aside.
Here’s a record of the 10 quickest manufacturing vehicles on the earth ranked by prime velocity. All of the vehicles you’d anticipate are right here, ranked from quickest to slowest (although calling any of those gradual is blasphemy.) And to make clear, sure, all of those vehicles are street-legal.
#1: SSC Tuatara
High Velocity: 282.9 mph
Engine: 1,750 horsepower
We’ve been listening to about SSC’s Tuatara since not 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 record however blew it out of the water (or salt flats, because it had been.)
On October tenth, 2020, the SSC Tuatara managed to say the title of the world’s quickest manufacturing car 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 document wasn’t official, apparently, in order that they went again and did one other run in January 2021, this time formally grabbing the document 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 for those who slip in some E85 juice.
#2: Koenigsegg Agera RS
High 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 among the superior tech of the One:1 and among 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 homeowners had been in a position to (theoretically) hit the highest velocity of 277 on account of checking the “1MW” particular package deal when ordering theirs, which will increase the ponies to 1,341.
Koenigsegg mentioned goodbye to the Agera in mid-2018 with two last examples named Thor and Väder.
#3: Hennessey Venom GT
High Velocity: 270.49 mph
Engine: 1,244 horsepower
This hypercar from Texas-based Hennessey is a formidable machine, to say the least. Sporting a twin-turbo 7.0-liter V8 producing a large 1,244 horsepower, the Venom GT beat a world document set by the Koenigsegg Agera R because the quickest accelerating manufacturing automotive on the earth 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 document) and hit 200 mph from a cease in solely 14.51 seconds (additionally a world document). Hennessey claims the Venom GT can attain a prime velocity of 278 mph if given a bit extra room to do it. So far as Hennessey goes, all eyes at the moment are on the Venom F5 Revolution, which has the potential to shake issues up on this record.
#4: Bugatti Chiron
High Velocity: 261 mph
Engine: 1,479 horsepower
Bugatti, by no means one to again down from a top-speed combat, 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 supply (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 on account of security. Merely put, no person’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 anticipate prime speeds to go a lot previous 280 mph.
So, how briskly can the Chiron go? No one is aware of for certain (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 simply fudge it a bit of bit and fake the Chiron is formally sooner.
#5: Bugatti Veyron Tremendous Sport
High Velocity: 267.81 mph
Engine: 1,200 horsepower
To beat SSC’s Final Aero, Bugatti slapped larger turbos and intercoolers on their earlier world-record-holding Veyron to supply 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 had been produced. Electronically restricted to 258 mph for the manufacturing vehicles, Guinness World Information mentioned although 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
High Velocity: 256.18 mph
Engine: 1,183 horsepower
Boutique supercar maker Shelby SuperCars (SSC) unleashed the Final Aero in 2007, destroying the costlier Bugatti Veyron’s prime velocity document. 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 prime velocity of 290 mph.
SSC says given a protracted sufficient street, they may get the automotive as much as 270 mph. That will break the Veyron’s document once more, so let’s see in the event that they ever get round to it.
#7: Koenigsegg CCXR
High 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 document in 2005 on a round monitor, the up to date CCXR has a greater engine, aerodynamics, and, nicely, just about all the pieces else. We might like to see the Swedish firm get this out on the VW take a look at monitor, which is similar monitor on which the Veyron was examined (and a straight line, not a circle.)
#8: Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo
High Velocity: 248 mph
Engine: 750 horsepower
Saleen’s first automotive was not primarily based on an current mannequin, however the S7 supercar grabbed loads of consideration when it was launched in 2000. An up to date Twin-Turbo mannequin adopted shortly afterward, offering 750 horsepower and a 248 mph prime velocity. Saleen provided a contest package deal growing 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 prime 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
High Velocity: 240.14
Engine: 618 horsepower
The McLaren F1 first appeared in 1993, and it’s nonetheless one of many quickest vehicles on the earth. It’s additionally probably the most sought-after. Produced from 1993 to 1998, any F1 will promote right this moment for prime greenback, as is evidenced by this 1995 McLaren F1 street automotive. In August 2021, it set a document public sale worth of $20.465 million throughout Gooding & Firm’s Pebble Seashore Public sale.
The quantity of “firsts” that McLaren launched to street vehicles by way of the F1 is much too lengthy to record, however suffice it to say, the British firm blew everybody else out of the water on the time. With simply 64 variations of the street automotive ever made, solely a fortunate few will ever have the honour of driving one.
#10: Pagani Huayra
High Velocity: 238 mph
Engine: 720 horsepower
The Pagani Zonda remains to be considered one of our favourite vehicles of all time. We’re not big followers of the Huayra’s styling (or identify) when in comparison with the Zonda, however we now have to confess it’s an unbelievable 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 prime velocity of 238 mph. It received’t be lengthy earlier than Pagani lands on this record once more – maybe greater up – with its new Utopia hypercar.
Honodable Point out: Ferrari Enzo
High Velocity: 221 mph
Engine: 651 horsepower
One other one of many few naturally-aspirated vehicles on this record, the Ferrari Enzo is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 producing 651 horsepower. Solely 399 Enzos had been constructed on the market, and as common, all had been offered to current clients by way of invitation. There was yet one more Enzo constructed, but it surely was donated to the Vatican for charity.
Apparently, Enzo’s successor – the LaFerrari – is barely in a position to hit an roughly comparable prime 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 High Velocity Is Calculated
Contemplating how coveted the “Quickest Automotive within the World” title is, it’s no shock there’s a reasonably rigorous course of concerned to get there, not less than if you wish to be official. The de facto record is from Guinness World Information, which has some particular necessities in place to be thought of.
First, the take a look at must be witnessed by an unbiased third get together. Subsequent, the automotive makes its first run at no matter location is chosen for the take a look at. Ideally someplace with a protracted, flat street, equivalent to VW’s personal Ehra-Lessien take a look at monitor in Northern Germany. This monitor has an uninterrupted straight for five.6 miles, which is so lengthy you’ll be able to’t see the opposite finish as a result of curvature of the Earth!
Then, the automotive makes one other top-speed run in the wrong way as a result of there could also be some variations in climate, elevation, or different elements that might alter the measurements in a single path or the opposite. The common of the 2 runs is used. For instance, if a automotive hits 220.7 mph in a single path and 219.1 mph within the different, the highest velocity recorded is 219.9.