A lust for speed is a common trait, a need that auto manufacturers the world over have tried to sate with their top of the line vehicles. Companies like Ferrari, Mercedes, Bugatti, and others spend millions, if not billions of dollars trying to find ways to maximize the speed of the vehicles they produce. With these machines, men like Michael Schumacher, Mario Andretti and Ayrton Senna have embraced a life dedicated to speed, and raced these powerful machines for sport and profit. With a little (more like a lot) of cash, the average consumer, too, can hit speeds close to what these racing legends have achieved throughout their careers.
Whether it’s a company in America, Britain, Germany, or Japan, across the world the one word mission is the same for top engineers in the auto industry: Speed. The days of the heavy muscle car are over, and ceramic brakes have been replaced by silicone- carbonite in the most powerful cars today. The fastest cars of today are lighter, more aerodynamic, and have a much higher power to weight ratio than their predecessors. Even in F1 racing, which showcases the absolute fastest cars in the world, the engineers have looked toward efficient V6 engines, rather than the large, cumbersome V12 motors of previous seasons. Though some will miss the whine of the high revving F1 cars of old, these new motors are just as powerful, and much more fuel efficient.
Some purists are worried that new emissions standards will ruin the quest for power, but it seems clear that new cars being produced by the world’s top engineers are not hampered by emissions standards. Even with the idea that cars should be fuel efficient, car manufacturers are working hard to quench that thirst for speed many around the world have.
The passion for speed and power runs deep in the blood of nearly every car company, but a few across the world have truly dedicated themselves to the quest for power. Here are the five fastest, arranged by 0-60 acceleration speed, in the world.
10 2009 Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce: 0-60 In <3 Seconds
For years, the Murcielago was the flagship model of Lamborghini. For much of the 2000’s, people all over the world sat in awe of its power, beauty and stunning design. It had the classic Lambo look; low to the ground, fierce and fiery. It looked like a supercar. It looked like something a celebrity would drive. Everyone wanted one, and the Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce was the fastest model of the bunch. This was to be the ultimate edition of the Murcielago.
It features a gigantic wing, extreme styling and a huge V12 engine. It produces 661 bHP, with a very light exhaust system. It uses carbon fibre throughout the model, and is estimated to be able to reach 0-60 in just under three seconds. Though it is the slowest car on this list, make no mistake, the Murcielago is blisteringly fast. The car has a base price of $400,000, and that’s with absolutely no options. Lamborghini planned to produce 350 of these supercars, however when the Aventador was announced, production was ceased at 186.
9 2012 Lamborghini Aventador: 0-60 in <3 Seconds
Coming in at number nine is the Lamborghini Aventador. This car is a slick, classic looking Lambo with incredible power and style. With a 0-60 MPH time of 2.7 seconds, the Aventador will rip you right out of your seat as you press on the gas. The Aventador was designed as the new flagship of the Lamborghini brand, replacing the ten-year-old Murcielago. The Aventador was named for a bull, which fought valiantly in the bull- ring of Saragossa, Spain in 1993.
The Aventador uses a 6.5 liter V12 engine pumping out 690 bHP. It can reach speeds in excess of 220 mph, and can shift almost as quickly as the Bugatti Veyron. The car boasts superior responsiveness, torque and smooth power output. Some have described it as the best $200,000 sports car on the market. It won the 2011 Sports Car of the Year award from Top Gear. Only 4,000 of the Aventador will be produced, compared to the 4,099 of the Murcielago that was produced. As a limited production car, it is high in exclusivity and is sought out across the world, considered one of the most exciting and powerful supercars on the market.
8 2014 Nissan GTR R35: 0-60 In <3 Seconds
Next up is the Nissan GT-R R35 Track Edition. With 545 brake horsepower @ 6400 RPM, this monster from Japan is one of the fastest cars in the world. It can accelerate to 0-60 in just under three seconds, blowing the doors off most other production cars on the market. At a base price of $116,710, it’s one of the best bang-for-your-buck cars on this list, but make no mistake – the GTR is one of the most powerful cars on the market.
With tires stickier than tar and killer suspension, this car becomes brutally fast – faster than more powerful cars such as the C6 Corvette ZR1, the Lamborghini Aventador and the Lexus LFA even. It boasts a 50/50 front-to-rear weight balance, a six- speed dual clutch transmission, limited - slip differential, and launch control to help boost this car into the upper echelon of speed and luxury.
7 2013 BAC Mono: 0-60 In 2.8 Seconds
The BAC Mono is a fantastically unique-looking car. It features a single seat, much like the McLaren F1. This was chosen to help improve balance, weight and visibility. The Mono has a claimed 0-60 time of 2.8 seconds. It utilizes carbon fibre construction over a steel chassis. It is powered by at 2.3 litre, 285 bHP four- cylinder engine. The transmission is a six- speed semi- automatic which can rocket through shifts at 35 milliseconds.
One of the world’s ultimate driver’s cars, every Mono is custom- fit to the customer’s size. The suspension is fully adjustable. It looks and feels like a professional racing vehicle. It doesn’t feature any frills or unnecessary equipment, like a windshield. It was named GQ’s Track Day Car of the Year in 2011, and was, In fact, one of the fastest cars ever to go around Top Gear’s track in Britain.
6 2007 SSC Ultimate Aero TT: 0-60 In 2.78 Seconds
A mid-engined sports car built in The United States, the SSC Ultimate Aero TT once held the title of fastest production car in the world. Boasting a 0-60 time of 2.78 seconds, the car is incredibly quick off the line. With a Supercharged V8 Chevrolet engine, the Aero TT offers an astonishing 1,183 bHP. The designer wanted it to be a driver’s car, and it is made to use pump gas. Most supercars require 100 octane or better gasoline, which is incredibly expensive and can only be special ordered from certain gas stations. At a price of $285,000, it isn’t even one of the most expensive cars on this list, however it has one of the fastest top speeds of all of the cars available.
Not only is the Aero TT an amazingly fast car, it is also a bastion of luxury. It comes with a nav sustem, 10 speaker audio/CD/DVD system, DVD screen, back up camera, A/C, and actual trunk space (which isn’t actually all that standard on supercars). There is also an updated version that was introduced in 2009, which features a twin turbocharged V8 engine. The newer car is more aerodynamic and the interior has been totally redesigned. Additionally, to help stop when it reaches the top speed of 272.5 mph, the car is equipped with an aerobrake, a spoiler that pops up and acts like a parachute brake. It helps slow the car under extreme speeds.
5 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S: 0-60 In 2.7 Seconds
One of the most recognizable cars on the planet, the Porsche 911 is desired by people all over the world. With a 0-60 time of 2.7 seconds, the Turbo S model is the fastest of the 911 model class, and pushes 530 bHP to provide an amazing ride. From the sexy curved headlights to the classic sloped wing, the 911 Turbo is an incredible car to experience. Though it is not the fastest car on this list, many desire it due to to the classic nature of the design. The Turbo S is the fastest production car Porsche has released to date.
With a higher amount of boost, the 911 Turbo S can push 516 ft-lbs of torque, which is available for an unlimited period. It can reach a top speed of 196 mph. Though slower than some of the other cars on this list, reaching nearly 200 mph is something most people will never get to experience in a car. Plus, at a relatively low price of $160,700, the Turbo S provides not only a stylish option for consumers, it also helps quench the need for speed people are looking for.
4 2007 Caparo T1 – 0-60 In 2.5 Seconds
Not available in North America, the Caparo T1 is a mid- engine, rear wheel drive British Supercar capable of amazing speeds. With a base price of $382,000, only 16 have been sold in the United Kingdom, making this car both fast and very exclusive. The T1 has a top speed of 205 MPH and can hit 0-60 in 2.5 seconds. More impressive: it can reach 100 MPH in a blistering 4.9 seconds. Making turns, it can pull up to 3 gs, depending on the tires used.
The car weighs an even 1,000 pounds, which is incredibly light for a production car. Its extreme lightness is aided by the minimalist design and the carbon fiber, aerodynamic, low-drag body design. The wing creates an amazing amount of downforce, which of course encourages drivers to take corners at exceptional speeds.
The car looks like an F1 racer and nearly performs like one. On the popular British television show Top Gear, the car currently holds the top mark on the show’s Power Board, which showcases the fastest cars in the world. The car was removed from the shows top speed list, however, due to the fact that it could not pass one of the show’s basic tests, the ability to go over a speed bump. The manufacturers responded by saying they gave the show a late prototype model, which did not feature an adjustable suspension.
3 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder: 0-60 In 2.5 Seconds
Tied with the Caparo T1 at a 2.5 second 0-60 time, the beautiful Porsche 918 Spyder is a more recognizable supercar. A mid-engined monster, the 918 is one of the world’s most amazing cars to drive. The car boasts five different running modes: E-Drive, which allows the car to run solely on battery power, three hybrid modes (Hybrid, Sport and Race) which use both the engine and electric motor on the car, and finally the Hot Lap mode, which engages the electric motors for additional power.
For the 2014 model year, Porsche plans to market 918 models and no more, with the car selling for around $845,000. This is one of the more expensive cars on this list in terms of price/ speed ratio, but it is also one of the most beautiful. The 918 is also the first production car to break the seven minute mark at the Nurburgring course, and is the fastest car that Porsche has ever designed.
2 2012 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport: 0-60 In 2.46 Seconds
In 1998, Volkswagen bought the rights to the former car manufacturer Bugatti, and started designing a mid- engined 18 cylinder concept cars. Production didn’t begin until 2005, but shortly after the most powerful stock car on the planet went into production.
This limited edition Bugatti sold for $2.7 million, has 1,200 brake horsepower, and can reach a top speed of 267 mph, which would make it the fastest production car in the world if measured by topspeed. For our purposes, the Bugatti only makes it to second on this list, coming in at 2.46 seconds for its 0-60 acceleration time.
Many people consider Bugatti to be the pinnacle of human engineering. It has a dual- clutch, direct shift gearbox, with seven gear ratios and a paddle shifter, which all results in 150 millisecond shift times. The vehicle is a bit heavy, coming in at 4,162 lbs, but it has a power to weight ratio of 523 bHP per ton.
1 2010 Ariel Atom V8: 0-60 In 2.3 Seconds
The Atom is a high- performance, street legal sports car that is minimalism at its finest. . It utilizes a 3.0 L 500 bhp ariel V8 engine to push it to the fastest 0-60 time in the world, an amazing 2.3 seconds. In about the time it takes to stand up, this car is already blazing down the road. Many believe that the Atom very closely resembles the feel of Lotus tuned cars, having a certain go cart-like feel to them, and many have said they are a thrill to drive.
The Atom’s suspension was designed and tuned by the engineers at Lotus, and actually began as a student project by Niki Smart at Coventry University. It was developed in 1996 with input from many different British vehicle design firms. In late 1996, the car was shown at the British International motor Show.
The designers sacrificed almost everything to make this car the fastest in the world. It has no roof, no windows, and no air conditioning. Things usually found standard on normal cars are optional extras on the Ariel Atom. At first, due to safety concerns, this car was not available in North America, however, in 2005 the car was produced in America, and in 2008 a purpose-built factory put the cars into production.