We List 10 Record Smashing Supercars
Ever since the motorcar was invented, we’ve had a fixation with making it go as fast as physics would allow. Over the past 100 or so years we’ve boosted horsepower with bigger and more efficient engines and added things like turbochargers and superchargers to pack on speed. We’ve also figured out the dark art of aerodynamics – managing the way the air flows through and over the car to minimize high-speed drag and aid stability when the speedometer is cranked over past three o’clock. And with all this technology the production car top speed record has increased by around 124 mph in the past fifty years.
These are the world’s top ten fastest supercars.
Hennessey Venom GT
The mad mid-engine monster from Texas is a slightly controversial addition to the list of the world’s fastest production car because it isn’t actually regarded as a production car. It’s actually a modified Lotus Exige, and because only 29 will ever be built (you need 30 to qualify as a production car), it’s 270.49 mph top speed isn’t recognized by Guinness World Records. Shame, because it is unquestionably quicker than the Veyron and even at 270 mph the chap behind the wheel claims the car was still accelerating and could’ve gone quicker, but ran out of room at the NASA runway – and that’s not somewhere you want to have an incident where lots of expensive machines are parked.
The much-celebrated Bugatti Veyron is the one you’ll find in the Guinness World Records book as the fastest production car in the world. The Veyron project started back in the nineties when Volkswagen purchased the struggling Bugatti brand and decided it wanted to make a big statement to the world in the shape of a 248 mph (400 km/h) luxury hypercar. The result was 2005’s Veyron 16.4, a 1,000 horsepower all-wheel drive rocket with 16-cylinders, four turbos, and a top speed of 253.81 mph. 300 cars were built, of which 30 were tuned to 1,200 horsepower Super Sports versions that could run up to 267.86 mph.