Recording the top speed of the hypercars produced by some of the greatest manufacturers of the world became a thing around the 1950s for the first time. It was then the XK120 from Jaguar recorded 124.6 mph from the production model of the car. The top speed test is a trend that is now religiously followed by the automakers and has them developing new concepts to break previous records. These cars are not just fast, they are technologically superior, expertly designed and are engineering accomplishments that are milestones in the automotive industry.
In this article, we have the list of the 10 fastest cars in the world mentioned in order with the fastest ones on top.
Bugatti’s supercar Bolide was first launched in 2020 as a concept car generating power of 1850 hp and 1850 Nm. However, the production model will come with a much more restricted output of 1578 hp from the quad-turbocharged W-16 engine. Built specifically for the racetrack, Bolide’s engine is optimised for one purpose only – Speed. Bugatti has announced its plan to build only a total of 40 units of this model. Bolide’s design concept is based on the idea of lightweight construction and a rebellious, raw driving experience. The intake and exhaust systems in the Bolide have been de-throttled and 4 new turbochargers give a power and pressure boost at high speeds. The top speed has been recorded in the concept car at 500 kmph and the time taken to accelerate to 100 kmph is 2.1 seconds. The finished car is expected to weigh around 1450 kg using titanium and carbon fibre components for a reduction in the overall weight. The deliveries will start in 2024 with the cost determined at Rs 35.87 Cr (47 million US dollars) for now.
Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+
Introduced in 2019, this hyper sports car was the first to cross the 300-mile mark at that time. The Chiron Super Sport 300+ was developed by the French carmaker to one-up the standard Bugatti Chiron which is already at the top of the list of the fastest cars in the world. The standard Chiron has a top speed of 261 mph which the modified Super Sport 300+ overtook by its top speed of 490.48 kmph (304.7 mph). It runs on the 1,580 hp producing quad-turbocharged W16 engine nicknamed by Bugatti as “Thor” which also powers the Centodieci.
Bugatti has extended the body of Super Sport 300+ to streamline it aerodynamically. The Longtail adds an extra 25 cm, the purpose of which is to decrease the aerodynamic stall by 40 per cent. With this reduced drag and resistance, the top speed and performance have increased by leaps and bounds from the previous model. Production units have been limited to only 30 vehicles in total and priced at Rs 29.19 Cr (3.82 Million US dollars).
Hennessey Venom F5
Venom F5 is America’s new hypercar from Hennessey and the team. The engine in F5 is a rear-mid-mounted 6.6-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine also called ‘Fury’. It can produce up to 1,817 hp power at 8,000 rpm. The lightweight design of the F5 exudes untamed power and exhilarates you with its visceral performance on the track. Once you are seated in the cockpit, there is nothing but carbon fibre on all sides. Named after the F5 Tornado, Hennessey’s F5 too can attain frightening levels on the speed scale (482 kmph top speed) and accelerate to 100 kmph in just 2.8 seconds.
The Swedish automaker Koenigsegg unveiled the Jesko in 2019 at the Geneva International Motor Show. Jesko’s design is a tribute to its predecessor Agera with stance like a fighter jet, a wraparound windscreen, simple, sporty lines and crisp angles along the exterior. Jesko is 30mm taller and 40mm longer than the Agera even though it looks smaller at first glance. Under the hood, Jesko is powered by a 5.0 litre twin-turbo V8 engine that has been redesigned to generate 1280 hp and 1000 Nm on standard gasoline and on E85 biofuel it can produce up to 1600 hp and 1500 Nm. The engine is paired with Koenigsegg’s new 9-speed Light Speed Transmission. This high-performance sports car can reach a top speed of 482 kmph and accelerate from 0 to 100 km in just 2.6 seconds.
Shelby SuperCars Inc. unveiled the concept version of the Tuatara in 2011. The concept form was powered by a 6.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine while the engine in the production vehicle was reduced to a 5.9-litre engine that can produce a maximum output of 1750 hp. The production model is priced at Rs 15.26 Cr (2 Million US dollars). Initially, the concept model claimed a top speed of 500 kmph which if it had gone undisputed would have put Tuatara at the top of our list. But this claim was proved false when independent analysts expressed their doubts and Tuatara failed to reach the same top speed on its second run. However, in 2021, Tuatara reached a top speed of 455 kmph on a 3.7 km course. SSC also introduced 2 variants in Tuatara in 2020 – the Striker and the Aggressor.
Koenigsegg Agera RS
Another entry from Koenigsegg in our list is the Agera RS unveiled in 2015. Agera RS features front winglets, side skirts, an advanced underbody flap system, improved side air outlets behind the front wheels, a front splitter for the track, increased power and a raised rpm limit. The model is also produced in limited numbers, as in 25 units. Agera RS features a 5.0-litre twin-turbo V-8 engine that has a maximum output of 1160 hp and 1280 Nm. The transmission is a 7-speed paddle-shift gearbox with auto-shift mode. The top speed from Agera RS has reached 447 kmph and can accelerate to 100 kmph in about 2.8 seconds. It is priced at Rs 19.08 Cr (2.5 Million US dollars).
Czinger 21C is an American made hybrid sports car offered as both road and track variants. The 21C weighs 1250 kg with a driver seat in the cockpit and a passenger seat that is placed behind the driver’s seat. It has been planned to be produced in limited numbers – 80 units. The deliveries are expected to begin in 2023 with the price set at about Rs 15.26 Cr (2 Million US dollars). The interesting fact about 21C is that it was designed using artificial intelligence and its chassis was developed and printed using 3D printing. It houses a 2.88-litre V8 engine and churns out 1250 hp of power and 1439 Nm of torque. Its top speed has been recorded at 432 kmph and it can race from stop to 100 km in 1.9 seconds.
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
Bugatti’s original Veyron is an icon in the portfolio of the French company. The company developed the pumped-up version – the Super Sport. Though this is a pretty old model when compared with the others on our list, in terms of power, the Super Sport still gives good competition to its rivals. This World Record Edition built 30 units that are powered by an 8-litre W-16 quad-turbo engine generating 1200 hp and 1500 Nm of torque. It reaches 100 kmph in 2.6 seconds and the top speed is 431 kmph. This has the claim for being the fastest production road car when it was introduced in 2010. It is priced at around Rs 18.31 Cr (2.4 Million US dollars).
Speedtail from McLaren is run by a 4.0-litre Twin-Turbocharged V8 Engine with a parallel hybrid system. Introduced in 2019, this 3-sear hybrid supercar is a successor to F1. One of the newest cars on our list, the McLaren Speedtail, was introduced in 2019, and it’s considered a spiritual successor to the iconic F1 and the fourth in the Ultimate Series. Speedtail’s hybrid engine generates up to 1035 hp and 1150 Nm and is the fast car from the company to date. The top speed of the hybrid supercar is 403 kmph and the acceleration time reaches 0-100 kmph in 3 seconds. McLaren built 106 units in total when Speedtail went into production and priced it at Rs 17.02 Cr (2.5 Million US dollars).
Aston Martin Valkyrie
Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing together developed Valkyrie as a high-performance hybrid sports car that can perform on regular roads as good as it does on the race track. Valkyrie has a very streamlined aerodynamic structure with all-carbon fibre bodywork that reduces the weight by a very high margin and an open underfloor. The engine in Valkyrie is a 6.5-litre Aston Martin-Cosworth RA naturally-aspirated V12 engine and a 160 hp electric motor. It can generate up to 1160 hp and 900 Nm and it is mated to a 7-speed Ricardo transmission. The top speed recorded by the Valkyrie is 400 kmph and the acceleration from 0 to 100 kmph takes just about 2.6 seconds. The Valkyrie is priced at Rs 26.71 Cr (3.5 Million US dollars).
The table below has the highlights of all the 10 fast cars from the list.
|Models||Engine||Max Output||Top speed||Acceleration 0-100 kmph||Price||Production|
|Quad-turbocharged W-16 engine||1578 hp and 1600 Nm||500 kmph||2.1 seconds||Rs 35.87 Cr||40 units|
|Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+||Quad-turbocharged W-16 engine||1,580 hp and 1600 Nm||490 kmph||2.4 seconds||Rs 29.19 Cr||30 units|
|Hennessey Venom F5||6.6-litre Twin-Turbocharged V8 engine||1,817 hp and 1617 Nm||482 kmph||2.8 seconds||Rs 13.73 Cr||24 units|
|Koenigsegg Jesko||5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine||1280 hp and 1000 Nm||482 kmph||2.6 seconds||Rs 22.89 Cr||125 units|
|SSC Tuatara||5.9-litre Flat-Plane Crank V-8||1750 hp and 1800 Nm||455 kmph||2.5 seconds||Rs 15.26 Cr||100 units|
|Koenigsegg Agera||5.0-litre twin-turbo V-8 engine||1160 hp and 1280 Nm||447 kmph||2.8 seconds||Rs 19.08 Cr||25 units|
|Czinger 21C||2.88-litre V8 engine||1250 hp and 1439 Nm||432 kmph||1.9 seconds||Rs 15.26 Cr||80 units|
|Bugatti Veyron Super Sport||8-litre W-16 quad-turbo engine||1200 hp and 1500 Nm||431 kmph||2.6 seconds||Rs 18.31 Cr||30 units|
|4.0-litre Twin-Turbocharged V8 Engine with an electric motor||1035 hp and 1150 Nm||403 mph||3 seconds||Rs 17.02 Cr||106 units|
|Aston Martin Valkyrie||6.5-litre Aston Martin-Cosworth RA naturally-aspirated V12 engine and a 160 hp electric motor||1160 hp and 900 Nm||400 kmph||2.6 seconds||Rs 26.71 Cr||150 units|