Which is the fastest car in the world? Perhaps this is the most discussed matter when it comes to cars and speed. The reason is, the one thing those people who loves cars wants to know is how fast it can go. The first thing you ask about a super-car for example is what its top speed is, before asking about its other specification. While other factors such as acceleration and torque are important too, knowing the top speed gives you a clear picture of what the other figures could look like.
For over a decade the fastest car in the world has been a vehicle that can go up to 400 Kilometers per hour, which translates to roughly 248 miles per hour. The first car over this limit is the Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 in 2005. Since then the record has only gone higher. In this article, we will take a look at the fastest production car in the world, how this claim is determined and some of its closest competition.
Fastest production car in the world
The fastest production car in the world is slightly different from the fastest car in the world. The fastest car in the world is simply the holder of the land speed record which stands at 1227.985 km/h. The car used is not available for sale to the general market however. The fastest production car in the world is a car that achieves the highest speed on an average of the top speed of two runs to and from the starting point. The fastest production car in the world is one that is sold to the mass market with the same specifications as the one used to set the record. So, is the Bugatti the fastest car in the world? No. That spot is held by the Koenigsegg Agera RS.
1. Koenigsegg Agera RS
The Koenigsegg Agera RS is the official record holder of the fastest speed recorded for a production car yet. The Agera RS held its own quite impressively on an 11 mile stretch of road in Nevada. The record was set between Las Vegas and Pahrump where the Nevada Department of Transportation closed off the road for the record attempt. The car hit a record high speed of 284.5 mph and 271.19 mph for the first and second runs respectively. The average top speed was 277.87 mph. which makes the Koenigsegg Agera RS still hold as the world record fastest car.
The Agera boasts some very high-end specifications as well. It has a 5-liter V8 engine that puts out an astronomical 1160 bhp and 1280Nm of torque. A carbon fiber chassis with aluminum honeycomb for extra strength and the fuel tank infused in the design for an extra sturdy build. It is lighter than most cars coming in at 1395kg. The amazing thig about this engine specification is that it is not the highest one available, 1160 brake horse power is equal to 865kW, here is what is so amazing, there is 1MW option available as well.
The next logical question to ask is: How much is the fastest car in the world? Koenigsegg has never been cheap and their record holder is no different. The Agera RS costs a little over $2 million, similar to older models like the Agera R at $2 million and the Koenigsegg Regera at $ 2 million as well. fun fact, Christian Von Koenigsegg drives a Koenigsegg Regera. The Koenigsegg Agera has been built from top to bottom for speed and for his reason the car is not street legal in the US.
2. Hennessey Venom F5
The Hennessey Venom F5 is the unofficial fastest car in the world with a claimed top speed of 301 miles per hour, that is 484 km/h. The margin between this speed and the record set by the Agera RS is so large that it seems almost impossible to achieve in real life but when you see the specs of the Venom F5 you will become a believer. The Venom F5 puts out a mind blowing 1600 bhp from a 7.4-liter engine V8 engine making it the highest horsepower car in the world. The two turbo chargers that come with it have a lot to do with that insane amount of power. Carbon fiber usage throughout the build of the car cuts down the weight without sacrificing overall strength and the ratio of brake horse power to weight is almost unity. The curb weight is 1338 kg which means more than on horse power for every kilogram, suddenly 484 km/h makes sense.
3. Hennessey Venom GT
The Venom GT hit a record 270.4 miles per hour on the runway at the Kennedy Space Center. This run was recorded but the Guinness World Records refused to acknowledge it as a legitimate claim for the record because it was only one way, there was no return run. The two runs are both necessary for the claim to be legitimate as wind speed variation are considered in taking the average speed. The Venom GT is still fast regardless with a 7-liter engine giving off 1244 hp. The Venom GT also weighs 1244kg, coincidence? I think not. This car was built for speed and the torque to weight ratio says it all.
4. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
The previous record holder for the fastest car in the world is the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport at 258 mph, roughly 415km/h. The Veyron has held the record for a total of seven years before the Koenigsegg Agera RS became the king of speed. The Veyron has a considerably larger engine than all the cars on the list of the fastest cars in the world, carrying around a 16-cylinder W 16 engine that puts out a beastly 1200 hp aided by four turbo chargers and intercoolers. The Veyron 16.4 Super Sport gives you 1500Nm of torque and a lightning quick acceleration of 0-100 in 2.5 seconds. The only street legal production car faster than that is a Tesla Model S.
5. Bugatti Chiron
The flagship Bugatti is currently the Chiron which was built to offer just as much luxury and power as its predecessor the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport. The Chiron, unlike its predecessor has an unconfirmed claim to the throne of fastest car in the world. It has a top speed of 261 mph in the production model without any upgrades. Producing an impressive 1500 hp it is equally powerful to its predecessors but was never put to a monitored test for a chance at the Guinness World Record. It is worth noting that the Bugatti’s top speeds have been limited to ensure safety. They are limited to a maximum of 415km/h and this limited speed is what is considered as the cars are sold with limiters.
6. SSC Ultimate AERO
The SSC Ultimate AERO held the record for the world’s fastest production car for three years since 2007 before being replaced by the Veyron Super Sport. The Ultimate AERO attained the record after an independent two way run tracked by Deweltron’s GPS system and later verified by Guinness World Records. The car hit an average top speed of 256.18 mph with a 6.3-liter V8 engine producing 1183 bhp. The Ultimate AERO gives a raw driving experience as it does not have any electronic driving assistance to channel all that power meaning you get all that power unfiltered.
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Meet the competition
The Agera RS is the official record holder for the fastest car in the world for the last one year so far. This is a pot it holds only because other manufacturers have not put their cars on the track for Guinness World Records to take down a number. These manufacturers have however put to market cars that are pretty fast and they claim have set even higher records than the Agera RS. Some of these vehicles were not speed limited whereas the production versions are limited.
There have been many other vehicles that have laid claim to be called the fastest car in the world but so far only one, the Koenigsegg Agera RS sits on top. These include; Rimac Concept Two, Tesla Roadster, Milan Red and the Aston Martine Valkyrie. Until Guinness World Record updates their records again the status quo might not change for a while. At least until another company decides to do a monitored test for the record like Bugatti did twice with the Veyron and the Veyron Super Sport.