The Fastest Cars in History: See Which Cars Blazed The Trail Before You Were Even Born

Fastest Cars in History

When it comes to the fastest cars there has to be a distinction between production cars and concept cars. Production cars are available to anyone who has the capital, while concept cars are made to be displayed at auto shows for the purpose of gaining feedback from the public and media.

Having cleared that up, have you ever wondered, how did we ever get to the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport? Well, it all started in the year 1894 with the Benz Velo which had a paltry speed of 19 km/h. This was the first large scale production car. It was created by Karl Benz and stayed in production 1894 – 1902, with over 1200 units made. This car featured in the first ever automobile race Le Petit in 1894. Organizers of the event were not into fast finishes as they wanted to show that horseless carriages could be trusted and were cost effective to use. This race gave birth to all the modern day races which includes NASCAR and Formula 1.

Today, we all know of the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, which currently holds the title as the fastest production car at 431 Km/h. Out of the 30 units, 5 of the Super Sport model were able to achieve the world breaking speeds with the limiters turned off. However, for the other 25, they are also able to achieve top speed with the limiters turned off.

On the flip-side the Hennessey Venom GT did exceed the Bugatti’s top speed with 435.31 Km/h, however having only made 16 cars so far it doesn’t qualify as a production car. For a Guinness Book of Records award, the minimum number a car manufacturer is supposed to produce is 30 units.

Here is a list of all the trailblazers of years gone by:

YEAR CAR MODEL TOP SPEED PRODUCTION NUMBER
1894 Benz Velo 19 Km/h 1200
1947 Healy Type 2.4 178 Km/h 100
1949 Jaguar XK120 201 Km/h 12000
1955 Mercedes Benz 300SL 225 Km/h 1400
1958 Aston Martin DB4 227 Km/h 1110
1959 Aston Martin DB4 GT 245 Km/h 75
1963 Iso Rivolta Grifo A3/L327 259 Km/h Over 400
1965 AC Cobra Mk III 427 266 Km/h Over 20
1967 Lamborghini Miura P400 275 Km/h Over 750
1968 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona 280 Km/h Around 1400
1984 Ferrari 288 GTO 303 Km/h 272
1986 Porsche 959 314 Km/h 337
1987 Ferrari F40 326.193 Km/h 1315
1991 Bugatti EB110 GT 336 Km/h 95
1992 Jaguar XJ220 342 Km/h 281
1993 McLaren F1 386 Km/h 106
2005 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 408.47 Km/h 300
2010 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport 431 Km/h 30

Taking a look at this list you see that Ferrari and Bugatti have three entries each. There are rumors of a successor to the Bugatti Veyron that may be called Chiron, which may shake this list up a bit. Also, you can never know what other automobile manufacturers are plotting especially if rumors about Hennessey working on the Hennessey Venom GT2 are to be believed.

Check the video below and get to see how some of the cars mentioned in the list look like. Do you find this list acceptable or do you disagree with some of the cars in this list? Please, comment and tell us what you think.

TurboCharged or Supercharged: Make The Distinction

Turbocharger vs Supercharger

In the car industry you are probably going to hear about both superchargers and turbochargers. Both have their hardened proselytizers who each have valid reasons.

First let us start off with their similarities, both are regarded as forced induction systems. They each compress air flowing into the engine cylinders where they can contribute to a raise of 50% intake of air producing 50% more power in the engine. However, it isn’t as efficient and you may experience roughly 30-40% more power.

Thus, both systems are for increasing power on your engine. Now, where the difference comes about is that each system is powered differently. Where the supercharger is hooked to the crankshaft of the car, while the turbocharger is connected to the exhaust stream. Ultimately, on this alone the turbocharger may be considered more efficient as it handles the exhaust waste and makes it into more power.

What are Turbochargers?

Taking a closer look at the turbocharger, we see that it is powered by the exhaust stream, which spins its  turbine giving it the power it needs. Turbochargers do experience turbo lag, where the engine will take a second or two to produce maximum power on the boost from the turbocharger. Though turbochargers experience lag time they boost much faster as compared to superchargers redline. Turbochargers are a little more complex and need more maintenance than superchargers.

What are Superchargers?

A supercharger is powered by the engine where the crankshaft spins it. The supercharger’s redline is where it has to be spun as fast as possible by the engine before it can give off any boost. Superchargers are however more compact when compared to turbochargers. Also superchargers are considered to be more reliable and need less maintenance as turbochargers.

Conclusion

For casual car owners being supercharged may be in order, while for car savvy car owners being turbocharged may be appropriate. However, both are dependent on your car’s specs and are to be chosen on an individual basis rather than on general rule. Take a look at the video below for a broader explanation. Finally,  do you think this is a fair assessment of each, or do you differ? Have your say and comment.

Don’t Tire Your Tyres: Tips On How To Get The Best Out Of Your Tyres

Worn Out Tire

You may have seen a formula 1 pit stop where, the pit-crew is busy unscrewing and re-screwing in new tyres. The demands of this sport require quick adjustments. However, for the rest of us, we are afforded more time. However, with more time we are usually left wanting when it comes to the overall maintenance and health of our tires. Thus, here are a few tips on how to take care of your tires:

  1. Check If Your Tires Are Worn Out

Simply you have no excuse for not checking your tires to see if the tread still has a strong pattern or has started balding on the sides, or all over.

  1. Keep Checking On The Pressure

Keep checking on the pressure of your tires, at every chance you get. A good pressure is able to handle and accommodate the weight of your car. It also makes steering quite easy as it meets the demands of swerving, turning, accelerating and decelerating.

Another very important reason as to why we should check on pressure is we also want the tyres to be less susceptible to unnecessary wear and tear. Be sure to check your tires weekly. Also, check on them before long trips, and when they are cool.

There are many advantages to maintaining the pressure including great longer tyre life and even saving up on fuel.

  1. Maintain Balance

Good balance helps distributes the weight of your car across evenly, where there isn’t any strain on either side or tyre. Balance should be checked whenever you replace a tyre. Balancing helps avoid unwarranted early wear and totally removes vibrations, meaning you get a smoother ride. Lastly, balancing is done by adding or removing balancing weights or buying new tyres altogether.

  1. Wheel Alignment

Make sure that your wheels are properly aligned, especially when you spot uneven wear on your tyres. Get a specialist to check on them as you don’t want your car to start dragging on the road.

Worn Out Tires

  1. Rotate your Tyres

Having the same tires all the time is asking for trouble. Make sure that after every 5,000 miles, or 6 months you have changed them.

  1. Spare Tyres

Make sure that you check up on your spear tyre once a month, so that whenever the need arises for its use it can be of help.

  1. Storage and Handling of Tyres

When the tyres are not at use, they may still find themselves in hazardous environments. Make sure you store them in cool, dry places and where there aren’t any lingering electrical discharges or highly flammable substances.

  1. Valves

The valves are essential to controlling the amount of pressure that is in your tyre. During the course of your driving the valves get worn out and aren’t able to hold your tyres’ pressure as need be. Thus, with this in mind manufacturers advise replacing the valves every time they are mounted onto new wheels.

These are just some of the tips to having well maintained tyres. Check the video below courtesy of Daily Motion to see how scammers who are making old tyres look new, and selling them to unsuspecting motorists, and also be sure to leave a comment or another tip I may have left out.