If you love high-performance vehicles that have head-turning speed, 2017 was a great year for you. 2017 saw a new champion crowned as the fastest car in the world. Even though a new record was set, the top ten list is filled with jaw-dropping, blazing fast cars.
T-9. McLaren P1 (217 miles per hour)
Even though the classic F1 is still the faster McLaren, the P1 is nothing to scoff at. This hybrid vehicle represents the next generation of high-performance sports cars. Although it has amazing speed, McLaren has emphasized the overall performance and feel of the vehicle in the design process.
T-9. Jaguar XJ220 (217 miles per hour)
Although the Jaguar XJ220 is not a new vehicle, it still packs a punch. When it hit the market in 1992, it had the crown of fastest performance car in the world. Despite this, it was a commercial failure. Either way, if you can still find a Jag XJ220, you’ll still be driving one of the fastest cars in the world, 25 years after the fact.
8. Aston Martin One-77 (220 miles per hour)
The One-77 is the perfect combination of luxury, power, and rarity. This car got its name from it’s extremely small production run, as only 77 were ever created. The V12 engine produces 750 hp, which is plenty powerful. But, when combined with its lightweight, yet sleek body, the One-77 is a force to be reckoned with.
7. Noble M600 (225 miles per hour)
Nobel may not be a name that’s commonly thought of when thinking of British automakers, but it should be. This handmade stunner sports a 4.4 liter V8 twin turbocharger engine. With no stability control or anti-lock brakes assisting the driver, it reportedly is difficult to handle. However, this car can will tear apart the track with breakaway speed.
6. Zenvo ST1 (233 miles per hour)
This Danish beauty means business, especially when you consider that the V8 engine has both a turbocharger and a supercharger. What’s even more amazing is that 233 mph is likely not even the ST1’s true top speed. Why? Because, according to Top Gear, the top speed is limited by a governor. What’s the true speed of the ST1? Only the good folks at Zenvo know for sure.
5. McLaren F1 (241 miles per hour)
Although some vehicles stay for a very short time on the top ten list of fastest cars, you can’t say that about the F1. Since the 90’s, McLaren has been thrilling drivers with an unmatched sportscar experience. From the center drivers seat to gold-lined engine bay, the F1 isn’t just speed, it’s also style.
4. SSC Ultimate Aero (256 miles per hour)
Have you heard of Shelby SuperCars? You’re not alone. Despite their lack of name recognition, SSC has built a real speed demon, topping the fastest car list in 2007. The turbocharged V8 engine generates a whopping 1287 hp. Although the Ultimate Aero has bumped down a few spots over the past ten years, it’s still a ride unlike almost anything else in the world.
3. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport (268 miles per hour)
Bugatti, which is now owned by Volkswagen, is known for perfecting the combination of speed and style in their sports cars. The 8 liter quad turbo W16 engine produces 1,200 hp. Better open up your wallet if you want one, though. According to Car and Driver, a Super Sport cost almost $2 million when they were in production. Now that they are no longer made, you can expect them to sell for even more.
2. Hennessey Venom GT (270 miles per hour)
Hennessey is a newer player in the market, but they’ve made their mark with the Venom GT which is a sleek, handmade sports car. Although the Venom GT’s speed has been tested, it also comes with controversy. Its top speed of 270 was only recorded in one direction, when most records are only considered official when run in opposite directions and an average of the speed is taken. Nevertheless, the raw power of the Venom GT is unquestionable.
1. Koenigsegg One (273 miles per hour)
This vehicle took over the top spot as fastest car in the world in 2017 when it set the world record on Route 160 in Nevada. During the run, the Koenigsegg One actually topped out at 284.55 miles per hour, but averaged 273 miles per hour on its two runs. The car produces over a megawatt of power, which Koenigsegg says puts it in the category of a “megacar,” the first of its kind.