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Need for speed?

Need for speed?

With technology advancing rapidly, there are less and less limits on what's possible to achieve in a car speed-wise.

So if you like a car with some power under the engine - here are some of the star cars of the past, present and future.


The first ever production car record was naturally set by the first production car itself.

This was the Benz Velo, which travelled at an astonishing 19kms/hr back in 1894.


At present, it’s debatable whether the speed crown should belong to the Hennessey Venom GT or the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.

However, this argument looks set to be settled with the launch of the new Bugatti Chiron.


This successor to the Veyron produces 1,500 hp and automatically adjusts its own settings for optimum performance as speed increases.

It hasn’t technically been released yet, and initially there will only be 500 available, each carrying a price tag of US $2.6 million.

However, the Chiron has already achieved 420kms/hr using road-legal settings in trials, and is predicted to reach a record-smashing 463kms/hr when it is finally released.


The current 10 fastest production cars.

These are the ten fastest road-legal cars in the world at present:

10. Apollo Arrow (358kms/hr)

Powered by a highly tuned 4-litre biturbo V8, the Apollo produces a huge 1,000 bhp.

9. Noble M600 (362kms/hr)

Made in Britain, the Noble offers very few electronic aids, but a skilful driver can get it from 0-60 in 3 seconds flat!

8. Zenvo ST1 (374kms/h)

This Danish supercar has its top speed electronically limited; it’s likely that it could have come much further up the list if this hadn’t been the case!

7. Pagani Huayra BC (383kms/hr)

This futuristic-looking, lightweight car has a biturbo V12 engine, which produces 789 bhp.

6. McLaren F1 (387kms/hr)

The F1 was designed to bring McLaren’s experience on the Formula 1 race track into a road-going car. The results did not disappoint!

5. Koenigsegg CCR (389kms/hr)

Another one-time record holder, this lightweight carbon-fibre car is powered by a 4.7 litre V8.

4. Saleen S7 Twin Turbo (399kms/hr)

This was America’s first mid-engine supercar, which ceased production in 2009.

It was famous for its lightweight aluminium and steel chassis, and could get you from 0-90 in just 2.8 seconds!

3. SSC Ultimate Aero (411kms/hr)

Shelby SuperCars briefly held the world record with this model, and it has no electronic driver aids, so the top speed was achieved by the driver’s skilful control of the 1,287 bhp, created by the 6.3 litre twin-turbo V8!

2. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport (431kms/hr)

This is the ‘official’ record holder, having achieved its top speed of 431kms/hr on Volkswagen's Ehra-Lessen test track. Its quad-turbo engine produces a massive 1,200 hp.

1. Hennessey Venom GT (434kms/hr)

This record is unofficial as the car only achieved this speed on one run, when speed record attempts officially have to be judged based on an average of two runs in opposite directions.

So the Venom isn’t officially recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records, but has nevertheless achieved the fastest speed for a road-legal car.

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