Who makes the fastest car in the world? We may not have a definite answer, but there are many contenders. Ferrari and Porsche have long had a fierce intra-brand rivalry, while Lamborghini is an early contender. Recent contenders include McLaren, Bugatti, and Lamborghini. Smaller scale rivals such as the SSC Tuatara and Hennessy Venom GT are also legitimate contenders.
The current “fastest car in the world” is the 2021 Venom F5. The engine is a mid-mounted 6.6-liter twin-turbo V8 that has a power-to-weight ratio that exceeds any road car on the market. Although it’s still in prototype form, it already reaches 301 mph. A disputed record of 315 mph was set by the SCC Tuatara.
Lamborghini is known for its powerful supercars. Their Aventador SVJ is one of the fastest cars in the world. With a top speed of 217 mph, the SVJ has been voted “fastest car in the world.” The car’s lightweight, aerodynamic design has contributed to the EV’s success. In addition to its impressive performance, the Koenigsegg Gemera has been deemed “world’s most beautiful car” by Forbes Magazine in 2009.
The AC Cobra had a brief run at the record but the Lamborghini Miura P400S soon beat the record. In 1967, the Volkswagen’s Ehra-Lessien circuit in Germany was closed for the record attempt. In the following year, Koenigsegg’s CCR beat the record by a mere 1mph, and the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 RS and SSC Ultimate Aero both reached over two hundred miles per hour. The SSC Tuatara RS and Veyron Super Sport were also contenders, with the latter hitting a whopping two hundred and seventy-five-mph.
A Bugatti Veyron is one of the world’s fastest cars, but it will be sixteen years old by the end of 2021. The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport set the world record in 2010 by achieving 267 mph. However, the Veyron Super Sport was also a beefed-up version, limited to two hundred and sixty-five mph to protect its tires. In addition to the V8, the Veyron had an 8.0-liter W16 engine with a theoretical power output of 1,184 horsepower.
Aston Martin’s DBS Superleggera is another hybrid car. It uses a naturally aspirated 4.6-liter V8 engine and two electric motors to power it. The car can reach sixty miles per hour in less than three seconds and a top speed of two hundred and twenty-five mph. When it was launched in 2013, it was considered a legacy model. The production run was limited to 77 cars.
The Ferrari Enzo was the fastest car in the world when it was released in 2002. The car was based on F1 technology and featured carbon fiber bodywork, minimal interiors, and active aerodynamics. It could reach a top speed of 217mph and accelerate from 0 to 62mph in 2.9 seconds. A rare vehicle, the Enzo was so powerful that Richard Hammond crashed into it on The Grand Tour.