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.