Which one of these beasts is the king of speed? Let’s find out
One of the greatest marvels of living in the 21st century is that we live in an era of hypercars. By that we mean car manufacturers constantly making sure that their customers get the bragging rights of owning the fastest car in the world even if they could never come close to those speeds.
During the early 2000s, it was a well known automotive milestone that Bugatti achieved with the Veyron. It was the first production car at the time to cross the 400kmph threshold. However, in today’s pursuit of top speed, that number is almost a formality, as various competitors have demolished this record with more advanced tech. But which one of these speed demons stand out amongst themselves? Here’s a look at the 5 fastest production vehicles from the past as well as the present:
5. SSC Ultimate Aero
Coming in at no.5, is a special, but not very well known supercar. The SSC Ultimate Aero, also known as Shelby SuperCars (SSC), was the car that finally overthrew the Bugatti Veyron as the fastest production car on September 13, 2007. This beast utilised a 6.3-litre twin-turbocharged V8 that produced 1183PS of power to give a 0-100kmph sprint time of 2.7 seconds and further propelled the supercar to a top speed of 257mph (413kmph).
A special highlight of this supercar was that it was designed without any electronic driver aids to help control that power. While the Ultimate Aero did receive some updates in 2009 and 2013, the 2007-spec model remains the only one to have its top speed record run verified by the Guiness World Record. Thus it was a car that was not for the faint hearted.