There is a huge market for cars that go fast, but this is a tricky business. While the fastest cars in the world are those which are designed for the race-track, most of these versions are not street legal. It takes a great deal of modification to retain high speeds and still conform to the regulatory requirements for qualifying as a street-legal production car. We looked into the fast cars which are currently available on the market with two criteria in mind. The first is that they're legal to drive on public roads and the second is that they achieve the highest possible speeds. Here are the top 20 street legal cars with top speeds.
20 Rimac Concept One - Top Speed: 221 mph
The Rimac Concept One is a Croatian-built supercar which also happens to be an electric hypercar. It's tied for the position of the 20th fastest car in the world. The top speed of this ultra-fast and barely street-legal car is an amazing 221 mph. the power plant gives it 1,224 horsepower with 1,180 lb. feet of torque, so it's not only fast, it's got a rapid acceleration speed. It was tested to move from zero to 60 mph in a rapid 2.5 seconds. The design team tweaked the all-wheel torque vectoring for instant torque which propels it at rocket speed. This amazing racer could be yours for a cost of about $1 million.
19. Lamborghini Veneno - Top Speed: 221 mph
The Lamborghini Veneno is running neck and neck with the Rimac Concept One with a top speed of 221 mph. The car was first released in 2013 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the automaker. They wanted to do something extra special, so they gave it a new design which set the Veneno apart from its predecessors. The word Veneno is Spanish for venom, and it has a rich history in the days of Spanish bullfighting when a famous bullfighter was killed in 1914 by a legendary bull named Veneno.
18. Gumpert Apollo- Top Speed: 224 mph
The Gumpert Apollo is the design of Roland Gumpert, the legendary former Audi engineer. He designed the Apollo to be one of the fastest supercars in the world. He didn't see fit to add any frills or fancy aesthetics as the goal was speed and not eye appeal. This car broke the speed record for street-legal race cars in 2009, and after the bankruptcy of Gumpert's manufacturing company in 2013, manufacture of the car resumed as "Apollo."
17. Noble M600 - Top Speed: 225 mph
The Noble M600 is of British manufacture. It was made in response to the Ferrari F40, which had a top speed of a measly 201 mph. The M600 was intended to shine as one of the fastest street-legal race cars in the world, adn it made good on that promise, but it also featured less complicated handling.
16. Zenvo ST1 - Top Speed: 233 mph
The Zenvo ST1 is a Danish build which was made to be an exclusive ultra-fact road-legal racecar. Production and release began in 2007, and by 2016, there had only been 15 ever built. The automaker has reinvented a newer version of the Zenvo called the TS1 model with the same top speed of 233 mph.
15. Pagani Huayra - Top Speed: 238 mph
The Pagani Huayra is another supercar that hasn't received a great deal of attention, but it screams down the road at a top speed of 238 mph. It's an Italian/Argentinian design which was picked up by AMG of Mercedes to hand-build the high-performance engine. The vehicle is lightweight thanks to the titanium and carbon fiber components. The Huayra succeeds the Pagani Zonda and it's a lot faster.
14. McLaren F1 - Top Speed: 240 mph
The McLaren F1 ws first released in 1998 as the fastest street-legal sports car on the face of the earth. Although it's lost ground, dropping from number one to the fourteenth position it still maintains a firm place in the 20 fastest street-legal cars in the world today. It will never lose the reputation that earned, nor its place in history. Tesla Inc co-founder Elon Musk once owned a McLaren F1 as did Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei and the fashion mogul Ralph Lauren.
13. Lykan Hypersport - Top Speed: 245 mph
The Lykan Hypersport is 13th for the fastest street-legal supercars of 2019. This was a historical development as the Lykan Hypersport was the first supercar that was ever produced in the Middle-East. The design team hailed from the United Arab Emirates and Lebanon. It borrowed some engineering tricks from France, Germany, and Italy to become a high-performing racer with a top speed of 245 mph. The engine packed 780 horsepower thanks to the Ruf-built 3.7 liter twin-turbo flat-six. The cost of the Lykan Hypersport was set at $3.4 million.
12. Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo - Top Speed: 248 mph
Steve Saleen was a legendary racer who left the sport to go into business. The Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo was his dram child and it made its entrance into the world in 2000 with an updated version hitting the market in 2007. The first iteration reached a top speed of 220 mph, but Saleen knew they could go one better and this lightning-fast reimagination of the original beat its top speed by 28 mph.
11. Koenigsegg CCXR - Top Speed: 249 mph
The Koenigsegg CCXR is the eleventh fastest street-legal racer in the world today. Although not the fastest from the automaker, it certainly is deserving of a place among the fastest production level cars on the planet. If you think that this is fast just wait until you see the other Koenigsegg.
10. Tesla Roadster - Top Speed: 250 mph
The Tesla Roadster received a lot of hype before its release and expectations were extremely high. It didn't disappoint. Elon Musk delivered high and fulfilled his promise with a supercar, street-legal and fully capable of reaching a top speed of 250 mph, and screaming from zero to 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds. It's an electric car with a 620-mile range max, depending on how hard you drive it. Its price tag is upwards of $250,000. The Tesla Roadster kicks off our top ten part of the fastest street-legal cars ever made.
9. Koenigsegg Regera - Top Speed: 250 mph
This is the higher-performing model built by Koenigsegg. The Regera is powered by a hybrid powertrain made up of a 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine and in addition, it gets power support from three YASA electric motors. The total horsepower when all four are combined comes to a massive 1,800. While the top speed of 250 mph is impressive enough, the torque vectoring combined with the internal combustion engine gives it the ability to move from a standstill to 60 mph in a mere 2.7 seconds.
8. Aston Martin Valkyrie - Top Speed: 250 mph
The Aston Martin Valkyrie is the fastest road-legal supercar made by the brand. It's tied with The Koenigsegg Regera with a top speed of 250 mph. The Valkyrie was engineered with downforce that keeps it stuck to the road so it doesn't take flight at this speed. If you're in love with this racer, then you can give thanks to Formula One engineer Adrian Newey for his assistance in the development of the Valkyrie.
7. SSC Ultimate Aero TT - Top Speed: 256 mph
The SCC Ultimate Aero TT, to no surprise, features a Twin-Turbo engine that was inspired by the Corvette 5.7-liter V8 engine with a bit of customization. The horsepower rating is 1,100 with a crazy amount of torque coming in at 1,000 lb-ft. It not only achieves a top speed of 256 mph, but it also does so in the twinkling of an eye.
6. 9ff GT9-R - Top Speed: 257 mph
The 9ff GT-R is a German-made street-legal racer that achieves a mind-blowing top speed of 257 mph. There were only 20 of this vehicles made in 2008. The engine is a mid-placement for decent weight distribution with a lowered roof to keep this rocket-like car stuck to the road. It packs 1,120 horsepower.
5. 2018 Bugatti Chiron Sport - Top Speed: 261 mph
Bugatti's Chiron Sport leads the exclusive group of the top five fastest street-legal cars in the world today. It boasts a top speed of a frightening 261 miles per hour thanks to its 1,479 horsepower engine. It's a quad-turbocharged 8-liter W-16 and although the basis is the same as the regular Chiron engine, which can't keep up, the weight has been reduced by 40 pounds through the usage of carbon fiber materials. The lighter wheels and suspension helped out a bit too. If this car was not electronically limited to 261 mph it would go a lot faster, but we'll never really know just how fast it's capable of going when not in check.
4. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport - Top Speed: 268 mph
The Veyron comes in fourth place, just ahead of its relative the Chiron. The top speed for the Veyron Super Sport is an incredible 268 mph. The engine powering this super street-legal racer is a 1,200 horsepower. Bugatti has no reason to tuck their heads as they are responsible for the fourth and fifth fastest street-legal sports cars in the world.
3. Hennessey Venom GT - Top Speed: 270 mph
If you thought the Veyron Super Sport was bass-ass, then you're in for another treat. The Hennessey VVenom GT beat the Veyron SS top speed by a mere 2 mph for a top speed of an unbelievable 270 mph. The Venom GT was tested in 2014 when it blew the doors off of the speed records for street-legal racecars. It's powered by a 1,244 horsepower engine which leaves most other fast cars in the dust. There are only two models in the entire world that can beat the Venom GT.
2. Koenigsegg Agera RS - Top Speed: 278 mph
Koenigsegg just couldn't leave well enough alone. It wasn't enough that they already had two supercars who made it to the top twenty fastest production cars in the world. They had to up the ante and also add a second-place to their impressive portfolio. The Koenigsegg Agera RS was first produced in 2017 with a 1,360 horsepower Swedish made racer that was officially clocked at 278 mph. There were a few test runs made and rumor has it that one of the runs hit 284 mph but it wasn't officially recorded so they're sticking with the 278 mph run for the records.
1. Hennessey Venom F5 - Top Speed: 301 mph
The Hennessey Venom GT was remarkable with a top speed of 270 mph, but the automakers knew that they could push the envelope just a little further, and even keep it legal for use on the roads. They took the Venom GT and did some tinkering and came up with the Hennessey Venom F5 which would become their crowning glory. The car made its debut at the 2017 Las Vegas Motor Show with claims that it achieved a top speed of a lightning-fast, all-record breaking 301 mph. Just a few details that helped them achieve this milestone is the use of carbon fiber to reduce the weight of the body and chassis which weighs in at a mere 2,950 lbs. The powerhouse behind the fastest production car in the world is a 7.4-liter twin-turbo aluminum V8 engine that cranks a massive 1,600 horsepower and it offers up to 1,300 lb-ft of torque for fast acceleration. Although most of us will never see this car parked in our garages, it is available for a price tag of $1.6 million. Do you think they offer a bespoke version?
Written by Benjamin Smith
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