The quest to produce the fastest street-legal car in the world has always been the motivation behind every roadster since the invention of the automobile. Having a remarkably fast car can be thrilling, but it will definitely leave a deep hole in your bank account. In fact, most of the fastest cars in the world are so limited, that it’s actually easier to find a hitman! In order to achieve the extraordinary feat of being considered the fastest cars in the world, the manufacturers had to employ a light body, enhance the power output, modify the engines, slimline the general profile, and incorporate better transmissions. Most (if not all) of the cars in this list once held the coveted title of the fastest car. Take a look at the five fastest street cars in the world.
5. 9ff GT9-R (Tie) 0 257mph
Based on a Porsche 911 GT3 base car, the 9ff FT9-R is a sight to behold. The car, which is rated at 1,120 bhp, was built by the German car tuning company – 9ff – a specialty car shop that transforms Porsche automobiles into street legal race cars. The GT9-R has a unique engine placement that ensures maximum rear wheel grip for better weight distribution. This, coupled with the enhanced engine performance, is what differentiates the car from the Porsche 911. Only 150 copies were produced, twenty of which have been in the GT9-R specification.
The interior is equipped with a roll cage for additional safety, as well as a square patterned trim adorned in blue leather. What’s more, customers have the convenience of customizing the car, including a variety of multiple aero kits. The exterior is individually adjustable to accommodate for the car’s performance depending on the customer. The car can also be geared to improve the maximum speed or track performance.
4. SSC Ultimate Aero – 257mph
Made in America by the house of SSC North America, the SSC Ultimate Aero was once recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest production car in the world with a record 256.19mph, subsequently taking the crown from the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. It is basically a mid-engined high performance sports car that can be traced back to the SSC founder – Jerod Shelby. The interior features two Custom Recaro seats, which are about 19 inches wide each. The leg space is around 47 inches while the headroom is 38.5 inches. The seats can be elevated up to 25 degrees. A custom-built speedometer is integrated into the dashboard (limited to 260mph) as well as a tachometer that gives readings of up to 8000 revolutions per minute. The car also boasts sequential shift lights, oil pressure gauge, voltmeter, fuel lever, horsepower gauge, and all-weather conditioning system for maximum comfort. For entertainment, you are treated to a strong ten-speaker audio system and a pre-installed 7.5 inch DVD screen. Some of the other luxury features include a fine navigation system, an automatic backup camera, and so on. The exterior uses plenty of carbon fiber and other composite materials, giving the superfast car a befitting super-strong body. The underlying body frame (aka space frame) is made up primarily of reinforced steel.
3. Koenigsegg Agera R – 260mph
After the immense success of the 940hp Agera, the Swedish supercar manufacturer – Koenigsegg – came back with an even more impressive model: The 1115hp Agera R. The car is equipped with a 5-liter twin turbo V-8 engine, mated to a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox, boasting 885 lb-ft of torque. It borrows the carbon fiber monocoque and Rear Triplex Damper system from its predecessor, with the two rear wheels’ suspensions connected to an extra spring and damper. The car also received a new aero package, as well as a winter package that includes winter wheels and tires, custom Koenigsegg skis, and a carbon fiber roof panel that comes with Thule ski box. As you have already guessed, this car is actually designed for skiing! There’s a luggage compartment at the front where you can hide the regular roof panel once you reach your skiing destination.
2. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport – 267.8mph
The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is one of the most exciting supercars in the world. Just a mention of the name alone sends sparks along the spine of most sports-car enthusiasts. Apart from its hefty asking price of $2.7 million dollars, the car is also limited to just 46 copies in the world. Good luck trying to find one. The Veyron Super Sport was actually an upgrade of the 2011 Veyron. Since aerodynamics are essential when it comes to top speed, the car received a longer roof with a pair of triangular air ducts, as well as a more slippery profile to allow more air into the engine.
The front air intakes were reshaped and expanded, and then two vents added below the headlights. To enhance stability, a new double diffuser and front splitter were also included. The Super Sport shed 50kg to make it lighter, courtesy of lighter wheels, a new exhaust system, and a redesigned monocoque. Under the hood, the second and third gear ratios were extended for the seven speed twin-clutch gearbox, quicker reacting automatic dampers, and a wider rear track. With an 8-liter quad turbocharged W16 engine, two upgraded intercoolers, and four larger turbos, the car boasts a power output of 1,183bhp and 1,500Nm of torque.
1. Hennessey Venom GT – 270mph
The title of the world’s fastest street legal car goes to the Hennessey Venom GT. The Venom GT uses a severely modified Lotus Exige chassis, including the head lamps, wiper, HVAC system, floorpan, cockpit, windscreen, side glass, doors, and roof. However, the car’s performance does not have anything to do with Lotus Cars. It has a curb weight of 1,244kg, courtesy of carbon fiber wheels and a carbon fiber bodywork. The breaks are linked to four-piston calipers at the back and six-piston calipers at the front, while the 15- inch carbon ceramic rotors are provided by Surface Transforms.
Under the hood, the Venom GT features a 7-liter twin turbocharged engine that shares some similarities with the GM LS7 engine. It incorporates additional head bolts and reinforced internal components, leading to a total power output of 1,244 bhp and 1,155 pound feet of torque at 4,400 revolutions per minute.