Today we have successfully entered the world of seven-figure “hypercars”. As they are far too fast and exclusive for the average driver. With advanced technology like performance gas–electric systems and lightweight engineering, today’s carmakers continue to push the envelope of speed. Therefore, these 10 models were chosen for my “world’s fastest” list as they are all street-legal in the countries where they have been sold and attain their top speeds using the same equipment delivered to customers. If you think the Bugatti Veyron is the world’s fastest car. Then read on to find out which hyper cars are even faster!
1. Porsche 918 Spyder
The 918 Spyder is currently the flagship of Porsche range. It is available at a base price of more than $1 million – were they not sold out altogether. A sophisticated gas-electric hybrid system combines a 4.6-liter V-8 engine with dual electric motors for 887 peak horsepower. The 918 remains highly efficient and eco-friendly. Accordingly, it has got the ability to operate in a fully electric mode for limited distances, even at highway speeds. Furthermore, it earns around 78 combined mpg in the European test cycle.
2. Lamborghini Aventador
Where the Porsche goes for electronic trickery to achieve its high speeds, Lamborghini’s latest hypercar is all about a huge mid-mounted V-12 engine. Displacing 6.5 liters, it makes 690 horsepower at a screaming 8,950 rpm. The car also displays borderline-ridiculous angular styling that is classic Lamborghini from its vertically hinged doors to the transparent engine cover through which you can view all the V-12 power.
3. McLaren P1
The sporting P1 is the spiritual successor to the car that held the “world’s fastest” title for more than a decade, the McLaren F1. The new model is a gas-electric hybrid combining a twin-turbocharged, 3.8-liter mid-mounted V-8 with an electric motor for 903 peak horsepower. It can also travel for about 7 miles using purely electric power and uses its gas engine as a generator to extend this range after mixed driving. An even more extreme P1 GTR track variant is available, although it is not legal for road use. Pricing can reach as high as the US $2.6 million.
4. Ferrari LaFerrari
The fastest car ever to come from Maranello, Italy, the LaFerrari also uses electric power to augment its gas engine, although this is no fuel sipper; it’s done just to go faster. It’s V-12 gas engine and electric motors combine to make 950 horsepower. Its styling resembles a LeMans endurance racing car in a uniquely Ferrari fashion. The LaFerrari is now completely sold out, but when available to the public it went for around the US $1.7 million. Those who want a car with similar performance for track use can now opt for Ferrari’s related FXX.
5. Noble M600
Not sold or road-legal in the United States, the M600 uses a decidedly old-school approach to breathtaking speed: a big V-8 engine and ultra light weight. The Noble employs a twin-turbo V-8 making 650 horsepower. If that isn’t enough to get your heart racing, consider the fact that the bare-bones, white-knuckle ride is neither fitted with ABS or traction control. Finally, the Pricing converted to dollars is a quite reasonable by hypercar standards at $298,000.
6. Pagani Huayra
The key to the Huayra’s originality and its breathtaking top speed is a sophisticated active aerodynamics system. Furthermore, it adjusts a network of air diffusers for optimum down force and drag coefficient for any given performance situation. The car uses a body constructed almost entirely from carbon fiber. And equipped with a Mercedes AMG–sourced twin-turbo V–12 engine with 720 horsepower. Each of the 100 production coupe examples has already been spoken for at a price of around $1.6 million. But the company has planned to make an open-topped roadster. For this reason, it will use a revised engine design.
7. RUF CTR3
German carmaker RUF has been tuning Porsche 911 models to ridiculous levels of performance for decades, but the CTR3 is a much more ambitious project. Although you will be able to spot hints of the 911. The car’s lengthened and lightened chassis is accentuated by rear fender flares that appear to be as large as some compact cars. Underneath lies a Porsche-derived flat-six-cylinder engine with two KK&K turbochargers engineered to produce 691 horsepower. Ultimately, with just 3,000 pounds of weight to move around, acceleration response is breathtaking.
8. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
In early 2015, the last Bugatti Veyron Super Sports model left the assembly line. It meant those who want to get their hands on what was for a time the world’s fastest production car will need to look to the used market. This engineering marvel features a 16-cylinder engine, four turbochargers and 16 radiators for a cool 1,200 horsepower.The Veyron is also a richly appointed luxury car that has no problem taking it easy with style and comfort when all that performance is not necessary. However, Bugatti has something big in development behind closed doors that promises to be even faster.
9. Hennessey Venom GT
The world’s fastest American car comes from legendary tuning house Hennessey Performance. They are responsible for some of the most outlandish muscle cars in history. Its pride and joy, the Venom GT, uses a chassis borrowed from Lotus combined with a twin-turbocharged GM LSX V-8 with 1,244 horsepower. Hennessey famously battled with Bugatti over which car was faster with the American company unable to perform the required there-and-back top speed run for official Guinness World Record status because the track used could only accommodate one direction of travel. In that direction, though, the Venom GT came out on top.
10. Koenigsegg One:1
This ultra-high-performance take on Koenigsegg’s Agera hypercar gets its name from its 1-to-1 power-to-weight ratio of 1,360 PS for 1,360 kg. In American parlance, that comes out to 1,341 horsepower to move around just 2,998 pounds. Featuring the same engine as the Agera R but incorporating advanced tech for extra weight savings. Finally, the One:1 blows the doors off the other cars on this list as the fastest street–legal car ever created.