If you’re a fan of 1980s folk and pop music, you would have heard of Tracy Chapman’s groovy song ‘Fast Car’.
“You got a fast car,
But is it fast enough so we can fly away,
We gotta make a decision,
We leave tonight or live and die this way.”
There has always been a competition among car manufacturers to make the fastest car in the world. In 1987, the automotive world was left in awe when the Ferrari F40 became the first production car to break the 200 mph barrier. Since then we have seen some seriously fast cars come and go. There are many ways to measure automotive excellence, but top speed is among the most prestigious and high-profile in the list.
In the words of Aldous Huxley, “The nearest approach to a new drug is the ‘drug of speed’. Speed, it seems to me, provides the one genuinely modern pleasure”. Many have shared the spirit of the thrill-seeking English novelist in thinking that the best modern intoxicant was the ‘drug of speed’.
Of course, speed comes with its fair share of risks too – road accidents are not unknown to any of us, which is why vehicle insurance becomes so important. Not only is a third-party cover compulsory, but it also comes in handy when an untoward incident strikes. In fact, having motor insurance in place is important as it helps you deal with cases of windscreen replacement, or a fresh coat of paint, thereby saving your hard-earned money. Drive with a robust vehicle insurance policy and enjoy an umbrella of benefits that include coverage for road accidents and damages caused by natural calamities or man-made disasters.
Time to fasten your seat belts!
The list of the top 10 fastest cars in the world, ranked by top speed, is given below:
Rank Car Model Top Speed (in mph) 1 Hennessey Venom F5 301 2 SSC Tuatara 300 3 Koenigsegg Agera RS 278 4 Hennessey Venom GT 270 5 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport 268 6 Bugatti Chiron 261 7 Rimac Concept Two 258 8 SSC Ultimate Aero 256 9 Aston Martin Valkyrie 250 10 Tesla Roadster 250
Hennessey Venom F5:
With all of the research and development funds available to a mainstream automaker, one would assume the world’s fastest car would come from a globally recognised brand. Instead, a niche American automaker – Hennessey Performance Engineering – owns the top spot on this list with its all-new Venom F5.
Derived from a Nelson Racing Engines’ twin-turbocharged V-8, the Tuatara’s power is routed to the rear wheels via a seven-speed automated manual gearbox. This power combined with the car’s aero-optimized body manages to get SSC into the history books.
Koenigsegg Agera RS:
To set the official record, Koenigsegg asked the Nevada Department of Transportation to close an 11-mile stretch of Route 160 between Las Vegas and Pahrump. On public roads, the 1,160-hp Swedish supercar hit 284.55 mph during its first run and 271.19 mph during the second, which averages out to 277.9 mph. The trademark doors of Koenigsegg, traction control system and enlighted lighting system adds the beauty of Koenigsegg Agera RS, the ever-stylish production from Koenigsegg Automotive.
Hennessey Venom GT:
Texas-based Hennessey Performance Engineering Corporation developed the Venom GT version of the Hennessey sports car. The design of Venom GT was based on the Lotus Exige model. In the year 2013, the Venom GT set the Guinness World Record as the fastest production car and proved its speed of 270 mph in the space shuttle runway at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.
Bugatti Veyron Super sport:
The Bugatti Veyron Supersport model is the successor to the Bugatti Chiron. The development of Veyron occurred after Volkswagen purchased the Bugatti brand. The aim at the time was to develop the fastest car in the world – a tag that the car actually held for a period of several years. Don’t get carried away by the speed alone. Get a comprehensive vehicle insurance policy because you don’t want to slow down on your Bugatti!
Before Hennessey and Koenigsegg jumped into the fray, Bugatti dominated the list of the fastest cars in the world. Unlike its upstart rivals, Bugatti benefitted from the massive cash reserves of its parent company, Volkswagen. Named after the French racing driver Louis Chiron, the latest Bugatti is intended to improve upon the Veyron in every way.
Rimac Concept Two:
In 2016, Croatian firm Rimac Automobili got the world’s attention with the Concept One, an electric supercar so potent it nearly killed The Grand Tour’s Richard Hammond. At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the company unleashed an even faster successor: The Concept Two.
SSC Ultimate Aero:
The SSC Ultimate Aero, also known as Shelby SuperCars (SSC), once held the title for the fastest production car in the world, clocking in at 256 miles per hour in 2007. This super car lacks any electronic driver aids, creating a more authentic driving experience.
Aston Martin Valkyrie:
Aston Martin teamed up with Red Bull Racing to develop the Valkyrie, a supercar that benefits from technology fine-tuned in the Formula 1 paddock. The car is a combination of Adrian Newey’s F1 influence and the aesthetic skill of Marek Reichman, and could challenge the Nürbugring record.
The Tesla Roadster is a supercar from Tesla Inc, an electric car manufacturer. The original Tesla Roadster was a sports car based on the Lotus Elise. Although its performance was certainly impressive, it’s more known for establishing Tesla as a legitimate player in the automotive world. The new Roadster, with its bona fide supercar levels of performance is another thing altogether and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds. The company claimed that the model can reach 250 mph.
Hunter S. Thompson aptly said, “Faster, Faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death”. Car insurance, available on Bajaj Finserv MARKETS, would protect you from any financial contingency arising due to accidents. Our policies come with a network of more than 4,000 garages that offer cashless servicing and car roadside assistance in India. Moreover, there is no third-party involvement and round-the-clock assistance from customer service with your motor insurance.
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