The 7 Fastest Street Legal Production Cars
Supercar manufacturers are in a constant race to build the next fastest road car. These machines are the epitome of automotive superiority, both in design, the technology and the innovation they bring.
Even though these supercars cost a fortune, they are still available to the public. Here’s a list of the seven fastest production cars in the world as of 2015. We have decided that this list will only include cars that are street legal and have had their top speeds verified.
1. Hennessey Venom GT – 270 MPH
John Hennessey is a man who takes great pride in American automotive manufacturing. Best known for adding huge power to American cars from Cadillac, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford and GMC, Hennessey Performance set out to build the world’s fastest production car with the Venom GT.
Based loosely on a Lotus platform, the Venom GT crams a twin turbocharged V8 making 1244 HP and 1155 LB-FT of torque into a car weighing just 2743 pounds. That’s good for 0-60 in 2.7 seconds, a 9.92 second quarter mile, and a top speed of just over 270 MPH.
Hennessey achieved that speed on a NASA runway on February 14, 2014. Unfortunately, that number doesn’t count as a world record top speed for a production car because they didn’t fulfill two crucial requirements in their testing. First, in order for the vehicle to be eligible for a world record, it must have a production run of over 30 units, which wasn’t the case with the Venom GT. Second, the speed run must be verified in both directions, but NASA has allowed a run in only one direction.
The price of the Venom GT starts at $1 million. Hennessey also made a limited, World’s Fastest edition of the Venom GT. There are only three units available and each of them went on sale for a staggering $1.25 million.
2. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport – 268 MPH
The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is all about massive, impressive numbers. With a starting price of $2.4 million, the Veyron has much to offer. The price can skyrocket ever higher if customers would like personalized extras.
The engine of this beast is an 8 liter, quad turbocharged W16 making over 1200 HP, which makes the Veyron quite thirsty. The advanced all-wheel drive, cutting edge aerodynamics, and special $25,000 tires allow the rather heavy Veyron to sprint to 62 MPH in just 2.2 seconds.
But the Veyron isn’t just about pure speed. Every aspect of the car’s interior is designed with luxurious opulence in mind. The car is so high-end, so technologically advanced, that VW auto group actually loses money on every Veyron they sell. Annual upkeep is estimated at $300,000.
The Veyron Super Sport, in a special World Record Edition guide, secured the Guinness World Record as fastest production car in the world in 2010.
3. Koenigsegg Agera R – 260 MPH
The Agera R is the unhinged version of Swedish boutique manufacturer Keonigsegg’s already insanely quick Agera hypercar. The Agera R is powered by a 5 liter twin turbo V8, making 1,115 HP and 885 LB-FT of torque, and weighs just over 3000 pounds. The vehicle costs $1.6 million, but really packs a punch.
The car can run on both regular gas and multiple types of bio-fuels, making the highest power numbers when it uses the bio-fuels. The wheels act as air turbines to cool the brakes, and wind pressure at high speeds forces the rear wing down, creating massive down force to help prevent high-speed spinouts.
The interior is incredibly luxurious, and equipped with the most cutting edge automotive technology available. A “Top Speed” mode is accessible through the infotainment system, unlocking the true potential of the hypercar for straight-line speed runs.
Koenigsegg has also built a vehicle that can, in theory, outrun every vehicle on this list. The One: 1 is named for its ratio of one HP per Kilo. A whooping 1341 HP propel the carbon fiber marvel to an estimated top speed of 272 MPH.
4. Tie: SSC Ultimate Aero and 9ff GT9-R – 257 MPH
Fourth place is a tie between two speedsters with the same top speed. The SSC Ultimate Aero and the 9ff GT9-R share a max speed of 257 MPH, though independently verified tests on the GT9-R do not appear to exist.
The SSC Ultimate Aero by Shelby Super Cars (no relation to the great Caroll Shelby) was the reigning world champion of speed from 2007 to 2010, verified by Guinness World Records.
The short-snouted wedge of Aero boasts a 6.3 liter Chevrolet small block, equipped with twin turbos to produce a whopping 1287 HP. Extensive use of carbon fiber and titanium keep weight to just 2750 pounds. Accelerating is a piece of cake, and 0-60 comes in just 2.8 seconds; the Aero is so fast that it uses an advanced AeroBrake system to stop, in which the spoiler acts as extra brake force. Anyone willing to pay $654,400 for this beauty will be able to enjoy high-class performance and great handling.
While the 9ff GT9-R may resemble a Porsche 911 on the surface, this is also where all the similarities cease. Nearly every element of the vehicle’s mechanics was re-worked, turning it into a track demon. A mid-mounted, twin-turbo flat-six 4 liter engine delivers stunning 1,120 HP. The GT9-R weighs just under 3,000 pounds, making it extremely fast, but great to handle. Considering the competition, one could argue that the owners of this hypercar were lucky, as they have to shell out “only” $695,000 to get one of these beauties.
5. Saleen S7 Twin Turbo: 248 MPH
The result was the Saleen S7, which remains one of the fastest vehicles ever produced on American soil to this day. An evolution on the original S7, the Twin Turbo applies its namesake turbos to the S7’s already impressive 7 liter V8, as well as adding a variety of aerodynamic improvements. The result is 750 HP, 700 LB-FT of torque, and a monumentally quick top speed. The S7 Twin Turbo starts at $555,000 for a brand new vehicle.
6. Koenigsegg CCX: 245 MPH
The second Koenigsegg to make our list is the amazing CCX: its 245 MPH top speed is nothing to snort at. Essentially a souped-up version of the CC and CCR models introduced in the 1990s, the aim of the CCX was to penetrate the world supercar market.
Extensive use of carbon and Kevlar, as well as wheels made of magnesium make the CCX incredibly light and aerodynamic, with a drag coefficient of just .30. A custom built V8 engine with twin superchargers pumps out 806 HP on 91 octane gas, which is a first for the company. Upon its release, the starting price was set at $540,000.
7. McLaren F1: 240 MPH
Amazingly, this supercar from the 1990s still ranks high on the list of fastest and most innovative cars ever made. From its impeccable engineering, its unique 3-seat layout, to its blistering top speed, this is a car that has made its mark on automotive history.
The BMW-engineered 6-liter V12 produces 627 HP; the incredibly powerful engine produced so much heat that the McLaren team lined the engine compartment in gold foil to insulate it. The driver is seated in the center of the monocoque carbon fiber chassis, allowing for maximum visibility and a very driver-centric feel. Many call the F1 the ultimate road car, and there are few on the road that dispute that title even today. The price runs high: if you wanted to enjoy one of these babies when they were first released, you had to pay $970,000. The value has been steadily climbing ever since, which isn’t really a surprise considering that the McLaren is still going strong after all these years.
The cars listed above are at the very top of automotive design and innovation. The race for the title of the world’s fastest car has brought a lot of innovation to the automotive industry.
Which of the above-mentioned hypercars would be your machine of choice? Do you know any other great cars that would be a good fit to this list? Let us know in the comments below.