Be it the “Fast and The Furious” series, the ‘James Bond’ movies or, in fact, any Hollywood movie worth its name, car chases at breakneck speeds form an integral part of celluloid history. However, speed machines are not only seen on the big screen! At the recently concluded New York Auto Show in April 2019, several luxury automakers launched cars with speeds up to 300 miles per hour.
Koenigsegg Agera RS — 278 MPH:
A mid-engined sports car from Swedish car manufacturer Koenigsegg, the Agera RS broke the record for the world’s fastest production car when it hit an average speed of 277.9 MPH on 4th November 2017. It has a twin-turbo V8 engine with 1176 HP and can go from 0 to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. The car can also go from 0 to 249 MPH in a record-breaking 33.29 seconds.
Hennessey Venom GT — 270 MPH:
The Venom GT is a high-performance sports car from Hennessey Performance Engineering. The car achieved a top speed of 270.49 miles per hour at the Kennedy Space Center on 14th February 2014, which made it the fastest car in the world at the time, beating the nearest rival Bugatti Veyron Super Sport by 2 MPH. However, it does not qualify as the world’s fastest production car in the Guinness Book of Records because only 13 cars have been sold to date; and at least 30 cars need to be produced for a car to qualify. The car could have apparently gone from 5 – 10 MPH faster than the recorded 270.49 MPH if they had more tarmac available for its 1,200 HP, twin-turbocharged V-8 engine.
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport — 268 MPH:
The Veyron EB 16.4 is a mid-engine sports car designed by Volkswagen and manufactured by French automobile manufacturer Bugatti. It was recognized by Guinness World Records as the fastest car in the world, with a top speed of 267.856 MPH. The Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse was the fastest roadster in the world, reaching an averaged top speed of 254.04 MPH in a test on 6th April 2013. There were 450 such cars made between 2010 and 2011. The car has 1,200 horsepower and can go from 0 to 60 MPH in 2.5 seconds and has a top speed of 268 MPH.
Bugatti Chiron — 261 MPH:
The Chiron is a mid-engine two-seater sports car manufactured by French carmaker Bugatti Automobiles. In January 2018, the Bugatti Chiron, then the fastest car in the world, reached a speed of 261 MPH. The Chiron can accelerate from 0–60 MPH in 2.4 seconds, 0–124 MPH in 6.5 seconds and 0–186 MPH in 13.6 seconds. In a world-record-setting test, the Chiron reached 249 MPH in 32.6 seconds, after which it needed 9.4 seconds to brake to a standstill. The Chiron’s top speed is electronically limited to 261 MPH for safety reasons, as apparently there is no tire that would be able to handle the stress due to the high speed that the Chiron is capable of achieving. It has an 8.0 L quad-turbocharged engine with 1,500 HP.
SSC Ultimate Aero — 256 MPH:
The Aero was produced by SSC North America (previously known as Shelby SuperCars) from 2006 until 2013. The car held the title of the fastest car in the world from 2007 (when it was officially timed at 256.18 MPH until the introduction of the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport in 2010. With a top speed of 256 MPH, it still remains among the top five. The Ultimate Aero has a V8, twin-turbocharged, 1,287 HP engine, and can go from 0 to 60 MPH in 2.65 seconds.