As of Valentine’s Day, a new record has been set in automobile speed. Imagine, if you can, a vehicle capable of driving 270.49 miles per hour, claiming the coveted title of “fastest car in the world.” The cars that claim the titles for second, third, and fourth fastest certainly have nothing to be ashamed of, boasting speeds that most people will never travel on the ground in their lifetimes. The next time you’re stuck in traffic on the interstate, just sit back and dream of driving one of these incredible automotive wonders.
1. Hennessey Venom GT
On February 14, 2014, the Hennessey Venom GT set a new record for speed on the space shuttle landing strip at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, when former racing driver Brian Smith took it to an incredible 270.49 mph. Because of technicalities, the Venom GT isn’t eligible for the Guinness World Record for speed even though it still is the fastest car in the world. However, the car does hold the Guinness World Record for going from 0 to 300 kilometers per hour in 13.63 seconds. Let that sink in for a moment. John Hennessey, the Texan responsible for building this marvel, isn’t finished yet. He projects that the car is capable of hitting 278 mph on a longer track than the 3.2-mile NASA runway; although, that record remains to be set.
2. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
The longtime rival of the Hennessey Venom GT used to hold the title for the world’s fastest car, but since Valentine’s Day, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport must settle for the number two spot, with a top speed of 268 mph. The French supercar boasts aggressive and unique styling and a price tag of $2,425,904 as of 2011. Although the Venom GT has reached the highest recorded speed, the Super Sport still technically holds the Guinness World Record (but not been without its challenges).
Prior to the Super Sport model claiming the #2 spot, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse held this position for it’s race in China, where it topped out at 254.04 mph. This car was unveiled shortly thereafter at the Shangai Motor Show in April 2013. This Veyron still holds the record for the fastest open-top production sports car, an achievement it doesn’t let the world forget in a hurry.
3. Koenigsegg Agera R
Close your eyes and count up to three seconds. Now, imagine that, in those three short seconds, you could step on an accelerator and make your car go from 0 to 60 mph. What seems unimaginable is a reality with the Swedish Koenigsegg Agera R. While the manufacturer claims that the car is capable of a stunning 273 mph—faster than both the Hennessey Venom GT and the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport—its top verified speed is 260 mph. The vehicle is impressive enough for royalty, which may explain why the Royal Family of Oman snapped one up at the Geneva Motor Show.
4. SSC Ultimate Aero
Although it has since been passed up by the three previously-discussed supercars, the SSC Ultimate Aero, an American-built vehicle, held the Guinness World Record for the world’s fastest car for three consecutive years from 2007 to 2010. The Aero’s top recorded speed is a stunning 257 mph, approximately 100 mph faster than the typical speed of an aircraft during takeoff. A snazzy feature is the SSC Ultimate Aero’s braking system, which consists of a spoiler that deploys and lifts up to 8 inches when the brake is pressed—both functional and perhaps just a little bit showy.
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