The Hennessey Venom GT holds the current title as the world’s fastest production car. Currently the Venom GT holds the Hypercar world record for 0 – 200 mph, reaching 200 mph in 14.51 seconds. The Venom GT runs the quarter mile in 9.92 seconds, and hits 253 mph by the time it hits 1 mile. With 1244 horsepower produced by a 7.0 liter twin-turbo V-8, the Venom GT out paces any other car on the road. The Braking system of the Venom GT helps the vehicle stop as well as it accelerates, with Brembo 6-piston calipers mounted to 15 inch carbon ceramic rotors. Composite materials and aerospace quality construction keeps the Venom GT strong and light, weighing in at 2743 pounds.
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2. BUGATTI VEYRON 16.4 SUPER SPORT
Top Speed: 268 mph
With a quad-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 64-valve W-16, producing 1200 horsepower and 1106 lb-ft of torque, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport is a speed demon on wheels. With a base price of $2.4 million the Veyron Super Sport is out of the reach of most drivers, and being limited to a production of only 40 makes them even more hard to obtain. The Veyron has so much power that the special $42,000 set of Michelin tires last around 10,000 miles, unless you’re going top speed, then they last around 15 minutes. At that speed the gas tank will only last 10 minutes before it’s dry.Not to worry, as there aren’t many places, if any, on the planet where you can drive 268 mph for that length of time.
3. KOENIGSEGG AGERA R
Top Speed: 273 mph (theoretical)
Debuting at the March 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the Koenigsegg Agera R is one of the fastest cars ever built. During test sessions in Ängelholm, the Agera R broke six world land speed records for a production car, including 0–189 mph in 14.53 seconds, and 0-189-0 mph in only 21.19 seconds. The braking performance required to maintain this record is enabled in part by the Agera’s stability, demonstrated by Koenigsegg’s test driver and drivetrain technician Robert Serwanski, who was able to brake from 186 mph to 0 without holding the steering wheel. The adaptive rear wing system is lighter than conventional hydraulic/electrical adaptive systems, and has the unique ability to compensate for head/tailwind due to its spring-loaded design.
4. 9FF GT9-R
Top Speed: 260 mph
The 9ff GT9-R is based loosely on the Porsche 911, but aside from the looks, it is a whole other beast. Built by German tuning company 9ff, founded by Jan Fatthauer, the GT9-R is an extensively rebuilt Porsche 911 GT3. Fitted with a heavily modified 4.0 litre flat 6 that produces 1,120 horsepower. It was designed to take the speed record for a street legal car, with a claimed speed of 260 mph. It does 0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds and 0 to 190 in under 16 seconds. The interior was stripped out for lightness, and has blue leather, square patterned trim, with a roll cage for safety. Only 20 GT9-R models were built with the largest engine, making them very rare.
5. ZENVO ST1
Top Speed: 233 mph
The Zenvo ST-1 is a high performance sports car. Its turbocharged and supercharged 6.8 liter
V8 engine generates 1,104 hp at 6,900 rpm and 1,050 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm. According to Zenvo, the ST1 set a 0-100 km/h time of 3.0 seconds, with 0-200 km/h taking 8.9 seconds. The Zenvo ST-1 has a top speed of 233 mph. The body is made of carbon fiber and was constructed in Germany. While certainly fast, the ST1 had some issues when it was reviewed on the British TV show Top Gear. The First ST1 they tested caught fire due to an engine malfunction, and the second one failed to impress on the wet track.