Wednesday, December 10, 2014


EVERYONE wants to know what the fastest car in the world is, and here is a list of the cream of the crop. Our special guide explains which the official fastest car in the world is, as well as the unofficial one — which has actually gone faster.

We also look at the rest of the world’s fastest cars, including one which claims to have an even higher top speed than two currently sitting at the top of the pile.

The Veyron Super Sport broke the official record for the world’s fastest production car on July 4 2010 on Volkswagen’s high-speed Ehra-Lessien test track in Germany, with the time verified by officials from Guinness World Records

It averaged the speed during laps in both directions of the oval track, as required by the rule book. The car sold to customers is electrically limited to 258mph (415km/h) to stop the tyres exploding — which has led to Bugatti’s official title being disputed in the past.

In April 2013, its Guinness Record status was taken away because Guinness decided that the speed limiter meant it had been ‘modified’, which is not allowed under their definition of a ‘production car’.

The Ultimate Aero TT (at the time the world’s second fastest car) at that point claimed the record. But just days later Guinness did a bizarre U-turn and decided limiting the top speed was not an actual modification as it “does not alter the fundamental design of the car or its engine”.

Some may beg to differ with this, and we can see why. But anyway, despite that, and despite the fact that the Hennessy Venom GT has done over 270mph, the Super Sport’s official Guinness title of fastest car in the world holds today. The Super Sport does 0-60 in 2.4 seconds, has an 8.0 liter W16 engine producing 1,200bhp and costs an astonishing $2.4million.

You can see James May from legendary British television show Top Gear reaching 259.4mph/417.6km/h in the Super Sport and a test driver doing 267mph/431km/h here: The GT9-R is based on Porsche’s most successful car the 911. It can do 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 2.9 seconds and was designed specifically to take the title of fastest car in the world. It made its claim for the record by boasting a 257mph top speed — only to have the Bugatti Veyron come along and rain on its parade before it could be officially verified.

You’ve got to feel sorry for the guys who made it. The GT9-R has a heavily modified 4.0 liter flat 6 engine that produces up to 1,120 bhp. It costs from $695,000 The Dagger GT is currently being developed by US firm TranStar Racing with the sole purpose of being named the fastest car in the world. It’s estimated the car will cost $1,000,000. It will be sold in six different models, three for racing and breaking speed records and three that are completely road legal. The Transtar Dagger GT-LS will be the version used to try and break the land speed record (LS for ‘land speed’, duh!). It will include a PARACHUTE to help it stop.

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