Which are the fastest cars in the world? Which one can go a quarter mile in the shortest time possible? Just as points for comparison, Michael Johnson of the United States holds the world record for roughly the same distance at 43.18 seconds. An object in free fall needs 9.06 seconds to complete a quarter mile. Usain Bolt of Jamaica can run a fourth of the distance in 9.58 seconds. In other words, the fastest car can cover a quarter mile what Bolt can run in 100 meters in roughly the same amount of time.
Only production cars are included in the list, so do not expect any of those specially made one-offs. Here now is a list of the top 10 fastest quarter mile cars in the world.
10 2009 Ascari A10 – 11 seconds
The 2009 Ascari A10 can complete a quarter mile in 11 seconds at maximum speed of 138 miles per hour. The car features a modified BMW V8 engine with 4,941 cc that can produce 625 bhp. It has a six-speed, sequential manual gearbox. Sound proofing, air conditioning and the stereo system have been ripped off, allowing the car to come in at a very light weight of 1,280 kilos.
9 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S – 10.9 seconds
The 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S can complete a quarter mile in 10.9 seconds at maximum speed of 127 miles per hour. It is also known as the Porsche 997. It features a 3.8-liter H6 twin turbo engine at 3,800 cc. it is considered to be the most commercially successful 911 model of all time.
8 2010 Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 Super Veloce – 10.9 seconds
The 2010 Lamborghini Murcielago can complete a quarter mile in 10.9 seconds at maximum speed of 129 miles per hour. It has a 6.5-liter V12 engine with 630 horsepower. The car was built for ten years from 2001 to 2010, succeeding the famed Lamborghini Diablo. It has a mid-engine, all wheel drive layout with a six-speed e-Gear semi-automatic transmission.
7 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia – 10.9 seconds
The 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia can complete a quarter mile in 10.9 seconds at maximum speed of 132 miles per hour. It features a 4.5-liter V8 engine developed from a shared design by Ferrari and Maserati. It also has a rear mid-engine, rear wheel drive layout. It also has a seven-speed dual clutch transmission system. It is the first Ferrari mid-engine road car that has an engine with a direct fuel injection system. it can produce up to 562 horsepower at 9,000 revolutions per minute.
6 2012 McLaren MP4 – 12C – 10.9 seconds
The 2012 McLaren MP4 – 12C can complete a quarter mile in 10.9 seconds at maximum speed of 135 miles per hour. This is actually the first car completely designed and built by McLaren since the McLaren F1. It features a mid-mounted McLaren M838T 3.8-liter V8, twin-turbo engine that can produce up to 616 horsepower. It has a rear mid-engine and rear-wheel drive layout. It also features a seven-speed Seamless Shift dual clutch transmission system. It also made use of Formula One technology with the brake steer, in which the inside of the rear wheel is braked when cornering at a fast speed. This allows the reduction of understeering.
5 2013 Nissan GT-R – 10.87 seconds
The 2013 Nissan GT-R can complete a quarter mile in 10.87 seconds at maximum speed of 125.26 miles per hour. It has a 3.8-liter VR38DETT V6 DOHC twin-turbo engine and a six-speed automatic double clutch transmission system. Its engine can develop up to 545 horsepower. The car has a front engine, all-wheel drive layout. Fans of the anime series called “Gundam” may see the resemblance between the car’s design and the giant robots of the show. As a result, Nissan executives have been extremely proud of this vehicle because it reflects Japanese culture instead of merely copying the design of European super cars.
4 2006 Saleen S7 Twin Turbo – 10.5 seconds
The 2006 Saleen S7 Twin Turbo can complete a quarter mile in 10.5 seconds at maximum speed of 145 miles per hour. This super car has a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout and six-speed manual transmission. It has a Ford 427, 7-liter, twin Garrett turbocharged V8 engine. Maximum horsepower was recorded at 750 bhp at 6,300 revolutions per minute. Production of the vehicle lasted from 2005 to 2009.
3 2012 Lamborghini Aventador – 10.4 seconds
The 2012 Lamborghini Aventador can complete a quarter mile in 10.4 seconds at maximum speed of 136 miles per hour. The car features a 6.5-liter L539 V12 engine and seven-speed ISR semi-automatic transmission system. It has a mid-engine, all-wheel drive layout. The car was launched in 2011 and now serves as the flagship model of Lamborghini, replacing its predecessor, the Murcielago. It immediately established itself as one of the must-have vehicles of the rich and the famous.
2 2009 SSC Ultimate Aero TT – 9.9 seconds
The 2009 SSC Ultimate Aero TT can complete a quarter mile in 9.9 seconds at maximum speed of 144 miles per hour. The particular model used in the quarter mile test has a 6.35-liter 387.8 cu twin-turbocharged V8 engine. It can develop horsepower of 1,287 bhp. The manufacturer, SSC (Shelby Super Cars) North America, released an updated version of the engine in 2012 that has a 6.94-liter 423.6 cu V8 engine. The car has a rear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout. It does not have ABS brakes and traction control like other modern cars because of the company’s desire to make it a driver’s vehicle.
1 2011 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport – 9.7 seconds
The 2011 Bugatti Veyron can complete a quarter mile in 9.7 seconds at maximum speed of 145 miles per hour. It has an 8-liter W16 64v 2x DOHC quad-turbocharged petrol engine in a mid-engine, four-wheel drive layout. It has three engine radiators plus seven other radiators for the car’s other systems. It can develop up to 1,200 horsepower. It is considered by some experts as the greatest car ever made.