Sport Cars – 10 Badass Production Cars That Recorded Insane Speeds
Among car characteristics that give gearheads reasons to engage in heated discussions is speed limits. This can form the basis of a debate among car lovers all night long as they guzzle down some good old brandy. When the discussion on street-legal speeds subsides, they pick on race cars, supercars, hypercars, and any other automobile. In other words, there are endless ways of discussing the speed of vehicles.
The world of car-making wouldn’t be what it is if speed wasn’t an important part of the game. If you doubt it, the Bugatti Bolade track-only sports car should give you conviction. Whatever absurd innovations you try to invent attracts the attention of insane engineers. When Bugatti Veyron EB hit a top speed of 253 mph, someone thought it wasn’t good enough and worked on the SSC Ultimate Aero to achieve a top speed of 275 mph theoretically. However, it reached a top speed of 256 mph and claimed the Guinness World Record.
There is an ongoing debate evaluating the ability of electric cars to hit higher speeds and gaining more horsepower. As it rages on, most carmakers continue to deliver extraordinary and unrivaled masterpieces of all time. It’s a crazy world of business where vehicles must be more competitive and sometimes pushed above our imaginations. While some of the technologies used were attributed to vehicle competitiveness, others were pushed beyond our imagination.
As we find out below, some cars came and left us puzzled with their insane speeds.
8 1986 Porsche 959 (198 Mph)
The twin-turbocharged German machine was manufactured between 1986-1993. It was first introduced as a Group B rally car and later became a road-legal production after its International Automobile Federation’s approval.
The Porsche 959, an all-wheel-drive featuring Porsche – Steuer Kupplung system, was the fastest road-legal production car during its time. With a flat six-cylinder engine of 2,849 cubic inches and a six-speed manual transmission, the 959 had an acceleration of 0-60 mph at 3.6 seconds and achieved a top speed of 198 mph.
Before 1999 when the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) passed the “Show or Display” law, the 959 was not street legal in America. However, it did not deter enthusiasts like Bill Gates (whose Porsche was stored by the Customs Service for 13 years) from ordering theirs.
Considered the most advanced in technology in its era, the high-performance sportscar was the basis of all forthcoming Porsche’s sports cars
7 1987 Ruf CTR (213 Mph)
The exotic Yellowbird was introduced in 1987. The Group Turbo Ruf (Ruf CTR) was based on the Porsche 911, but make no mistake; this isn’t a Porsche. It was built from scratch by Alois Ruf.
Achieving an acceleration speed of 0-100 mph in 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 213 mph, the vicious CTR outran the Ferrari Testarossa and Lamborghini Countach. It features twin-turbochargers, and twin coolers with an engine displacement increased from 3.2l to 3.4l. With 469 horsepower, the turbo sent the Yellowbird bolting at a frightening speed
6 McLaren F1 GTR (221 Mph)
There is an interesting story of the McLaren F1 GTR. When its designer Gordon Murray was searching for a befitting engine, he approached Honda and Isuzu but a deal wasn’t forthcoming from either of these car makers. He turned to BMW and their collaboration built one of the most BMW engines in recent times.
The magnificent 6-liter engine produced 618-hp and 480 lb-ft. Horsepower limitation at Le Mans applied at the competition and so the F1 GTR’s engine delivered slightly less than 600 ponies. But the adjustments saw the vehicle get light and more aggressive and recorded 236.7 mph at Le Mans in 1995. This placed it on the list of iconic speed performers.
5 Bugatti Veyron EB (253 Mph)
Designed and developed by Bugatti Engineering GmbH in Germany, Veyron EB was manufactured in France by the Bugatti Automobiles SAS. Late on when Volkswagen acquired Bugatti in 1998, a series of concept cars with advanced technology was released.
The Veyron EB was named after its founder, Ettore Bugatti (EB). It features a quad-turbocharged W16 engine paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It’s also fitted with special Michelin Pax run-flat tires specifically designed to match its top speed of 253 mph. The Veyron was awarded the Car of The Decade and Best Car Award 2000-2009 by Top Gear.
4 SSC Ultimate Aero (256 Mph)
The forgotten king was produced by SSC North America (Shelby SuperCars) from 2004-2013. It temporarily invaded the Guinness World Record for World Production Car Speed title. The SSC Aero featured a supercharged V8 engine with a displacement of 6.3liters and a top speed of 256 mph.
Through the production years, SSC produced various models with engine displacement increased from 6.3 liters to 6.9liters. The production ended in 2013 with SSC introducing the Ultimate Aero XT, but only one was built. The carmaker has been quiet since.
3 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport (267 Mph)
After the unexpected coup by the SSC Aero, Bugatti brought the SuperSport version of Veyron raking a top speed of 267 mph. It was produced between 2010-2011 as a World Record Edition.
The SuperSport featured an increased power output of 1,200 hp and a maximum torque of 1500 Newton meters at 3,000-5,000 rpm. With a limited production of five units, the SuperSport machine featured an exposed black carbon chassis detailing an orange body and wheels.
2 Koenigsegg Agera RS (278 Mph)
Manufactured by Koenigsegg in Sweden between 2015-2018, the ferocious machine graced our roads with a top speed of 278 mph. The Agera RS came with a twin-turbocharged V8 engine of 5,000 cubic inches.
It has a power output of 1,016hp and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It is fitted with an optional 1-megawatt package capable of increasing the engine’s power to 1360 ponies. Production was discontinued in April 2018.
1 Saleen S7 Twin Turbo(248 Mph)
The exotic American- made was manufactured by Saleen Automotive Inc. between 2000-2009. The Saleen S7 features a powerful twin-turbo engine of 427 cubic inches, an absurd horsepower of 750, and a six-speed manual transmission. It is estimated to reach a top speed of 248 mph.
The mid-engined car had an exclusively rear-wheel drive, a liquid-crystal display monitor,rear-view camera, among other features.
The new McLaren’s speed king comes with a twin-turbocharged V8 engine with a hybrid electric motor system. It has a horsepower of 1,035 and a seven-speed Graziano dual-clutch transmission. Accelerating from zero-186 mph in 12 seconds, the Speedtail continues to a top speed of 250 mph. Just like the forerunner, the F1, Speedtail has a layout of the same seats with the driver’s seat in the center.
By November 2018, the Speedtail was not yet street-legal in the United States because of using cameras instead of side mirrors. However, this didn’t keep Americans away from the speed king. Approximately 35% of the cars produced were purchased by Americans awaiting National Highway Traffic Safety Administration approval, under the “Show and Display” law.
Like its predecessor, the Veyron, the Bugatti Chiron features a highly updated quad-turbocharged W16 engine. Powered by an engine output of 1103 kW (1479 hp:1500 PS), the Chiron can accelerate from zero-186 mph in 13seconds while gaining an electronically limited top speed of 261 mph.
The breathtaking automotive with unrivaled beauty features distinctive LED headlights and a C-line on the exterior. Its interior offers luxurious and exquisite comfort, with the glass roof flooding the car’s interior with natural light.
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