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New record: the fastest cars in the world

The days of the powerful racing cars are only seemingly numbered. Because they still exist, the vehicles that make racing drivers' hearts beat faster. Which is the fastest car in the world? We'll tell you.

The Bugatti Chiron Zero-400-Zero is one of the fastest cars in the world. But another model holds the record for production cars.

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McLaren F1

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Koenigsegg CCXR Special Edition

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Koenigsegg One: 1

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SSC Ultimate Aero TT

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9ff GT9

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SSC Tuatara

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Hennessey Venom GT

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Hennessey Venom F5

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Bugatti Chiron

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Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport

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Koenigsegg Agera RS

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Do you think a top speed of 250 or even 300 km / h is impressive? Then you haven't seen these fastest cars in the world! Speed ​​limits are not for them, they only get enough exercise on special routes.

What's the fastest car in the world?

Because once they set off, top speeds of over 400 km / h are no more than a breeze for the best of them.

For years, Bugatti and Hennessey fought for the crown of the fastest production vehicle in the world, and even small car manufacturers kept coming up with designs for high-speed road vehicles.

Such speed records have less of a clear benefit - they are more of a marketing tool for super sports car manufacturers.

So far, the fastest production car in the world was a Koenigsegg - but that has now been relegated to second place.

1st place: SSC Tuatara

In October 2020, the SSC Tuatara set the record: The super sports car from SSC North America reached an officially measured speed of 508.73 km / h during a test drive on a closed public road in Nevada.

The 1,774 hp car with an acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 2.5 seconds is named after the bridge lizard that lives in New Zealand: it is called Tuatara in Maori. What exactly the rather sedate-looking animal is supposed to have to do with the super bolide is unknown, however.

The fastest production car in the world.

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In any case, SSC boss Jerod Shelby is extremely self-confident in view of the record: “It's been ten years since we set this record with our first car, the Ultimate Aero. And the Tuatara is leagues ahead. "

In fact, the tutatara basically only had one purpose: to break the speed record. “The performance reflects the dedication and focus with which we pursued this achievement,” said Shelby. "America's new claim to victory in the" space race on earth "will be hard to beat."

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2nd place: Koenigsegg Agera RS

The Koenigsegg has been relegated to second place after having held the record for years. In November 2017, the Koenigsegg Agera RS broke the world record for series-produced road vehicles that Bugatti had held until then. In the Nevada desert, the car reached 447 km / h. You can read more about the fastest car in the world to date here.

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3rd place: Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport

If you want to own a Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, you have to (be able to) dig deep into your pocket: The basic version costs a proud 1.65 million euros. In return, the buyer gets 883 kW (1200 PS) and a top speed of 431.31 km / h. This time was recorded by an Irish record judge in 2010 and gave the Bugatti Veyron the title of fastest production vehicle in the world. Until the new Koenigsegg came.

4th place: Bugatti Chiron

Bugatti wanted to secure its place at the top of the world's fastest production cars with the Bugatti Chiron, which cost around 2.4 million euros. What this luxurious powerhouse can do: The Chiron has a 1,103 kw (1500 hp) engine that accelerates the super sports car to 100 km / h in 2.5 seconds, 200 km / h in 6.5 seconds and 13.6 seconds Accelerated 300 km / h. According to the manufacturer, the Chiron outperforms both the Hennessey Venom GT and the official leader in terms of top speed: it should be 458 km / h. However, the Chiron is limited to 420 km / h, which prevents it from taking the top position in this ranking. This doesn't seem to bother buyers: 300 of the noble speedster for the larger budget, which is limited to a quantity of 500, are said to have already been sold. However, only a few have been delivered, as Bugatti President Wolfgang Dürheimer reported at the Frankfurt Motor Show IAA 2017.

5th place: Hennessey Venom F5

The Venom F5 will follow the Venom GT. Its name is based on the Fujita scale used to classify tornadoes. And that is no coincidence: The youngest Hennessey offspring should reach a top speed of 467 km / h and be equipped with a 1451 hp engine. Company founder John Hennessey wants to reach for the crown of the fastest production vehicle. However, only a small series is planned here.

6th place: Hennessey Venom GT

Hennessey Performance is a small series manufacturer from Texas who created a real racing machine with its Venom GT. With an output of 914 kW (1244 PS), the athlete races to a speed of 300 km / h within 13.63 seconds. A maximum of 435.31 km / h is possible. He even beats the world record holder entered in the Guinness Book. Officially, the Venom GT holds the speed record for sports cars, but officially it is not entitled to the crown of the front runner because it is not a production vehicle. Only 12 of the Venom GT were built, and each individual model took six months to build.

7th place: 9ff GT9

At first glance you can still see it, the model of the GT9, the Porsche 911. However, besides the characteristic hood and headlight duo, not much is true to the original. In return, the car from the German tuning company 9ff delivers a whopping 1,400 hp and accelerates to a top speed of 437 km / h. In contrast, “only” 414 km / h were actually measured in independent tests.

8th place: SSC Ultimate Aero TT

The SSC Ultimate Aero TT from the small series manufacturer SSC North America reaches a top speed of 412 km / h. The super sports car's V8 engine has a displacement of 6,187 cubic centimeters and an output of an impressive 583 kW (793 hp). The Aero was produced until 2013 and held the record in the meantime before a Bugatti overtook it. The US manufacturer is now building a new super runabout.

9th place: Koenigsegg One: 1

The limited special model One: 1 also comes from the Swedish small series manufacturer Koenigsegg. It was presented three years ago and should be produced six times. In addition to the top speed of 440 km / h and the 1,360 hp, the special thing about the One: 1 is its name. It is an indication of the ratio of power (hp) to weight. It is exactly 1: 1. The One: 1 has not yet proven its performance data.

Place 10: Koenigsegg CCXR Special Edition

The Swedish car manufacturer Koenigsegg has released some real racehorses from its stable. The CCXR Special Edition is just one of them. And it happened exactly twice. With an output of 759 kW (1032 hp), the car has a top speed of 402 km / h. It reaches 100 km / h after just 2.9 seconds. And at just 178 kilograms it is a real lightweight.

11th place: McLaren F1

The McLaren F1 held the record as the fastest car in the world for a full twelve years. Between 1993 and 1997, more than 100 copies of it were made, of which only 72 were street legal. The other vehicles were either converted to GT1 racing cars or were prototypes. The McLaren F1 is equipped with an output of 461 to 500 kW (627 to 680 hp). A prototype of the car reached a top speed of 386 km / h.


A contribution by:

  • Lisa Diez-wood

    The author was content manager for the TechnikKarriere-News-Portal of the VDI Verlag from 2017 to the end of 2019. She previously wrote for VDI nachrichten as an editor.

  • Nadine Kleber

  • Peter Seven

    Peter Sieben is content manager and responsible editor for After an internship at the Funke media group, he worked as an editor and reporter in various departments. He writes about technology, research and career topics.