Piston heads, rejoice because in today’s article we’re talking cars, and we’re talking fast cars at that.
Cars, and indeed supercars, are highly sought after. Yet due to their impracticalities and their top-end prices, for many people, supercars are seen as commodities that are simply out of reach and are instead inventions to be lusted over.
For a car to be considered a supercar, as well as looking the part, the most important thing is its speed. Nowadays, when we talk speed, we’re talking real speed. Not too long ago, if a car clocked anything above 150mph it was considered lightning-quick, whereas nowadays that figure barely registers as a speed in the world of supercars. Technology has evolved, engineering has evolved, and supercars have evolved.
These days, supercars which are street legal will comfortably surpass 200mph, with plenty more in the tank, but what is the fastest car in the world that is street legal? Let’s find out, shall we?
Here are four of the fastest street legal cars in the world.
4. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport – 267.8mph
Remember when the Bugatti Veyron was the fastest street-legal car in the world? Sure you do, overpaid soccer players purchased them, and they were the most highly sought after cars on various racing games.
Well, we said that times have changed, so much so in fact, that the humble Bugatti Veyron which clocked up speeds of 253.8mph, was deemed ‘not fast enough’ by the developers and so it was overhauled to create the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.
The car was redesigned to make it even faster, and as a result, only 30 of these amazing cars were created. The overhaul worked wonders, as the Super Sport clocked up a top speed of 267.8mph. Despite this, it is still 4th on our list. Yikes.
3. Hennessey Venom GT – 270.4mph
Third, on our list, today is the Hennessey Venom GT.
This US tuning superpower (Hennessey Performance Engineering) are certainly no strangers to speed, as they previously were able to take the Dodge Viper inspired Venom over 215mph, which at the time was remarkable.
These days, 215mph is nothing, and Hennessey, not wanting to settle for average, created this beast of a car that, at one time, was the fastest in the world.
Back in 2014, the car utilized NASA’s space shuttle runway, which stretches 3.2 miles, and recorded speeds of 270.49mph. Now, this would have been a world record at the time, but the Kennedy Space Centre refused to let them complete a run in the opposite direction. This means that the world record could not be acknowledged.
We’re guessing NASA aren’t on Hennessey’s Christmas card list.
2. Koenigsegg Agera RS – 277.8mph
The penultimate supercar on our list today is the Koenigsegg Agera RS.
Back in 2017, Koenigsegg used an Agera RS owned by a customer of theirs, to record the world’s top speed at the time, as well as the quickest speed ever on a public road (legally of course).
Producing a staggering 1360bhp, it’s easy to see why this is the second-fasted street-legal car in the world.
1. Bugatti Chiron Super Sport – 304.7mph
It turns out that Bugatti do not like being outdone when it comes to speed, and, acknowledging that the Veyron had had its day with its piffling 267mph, they decided to focus on the Chiron Super Sport instead.
Like the Veyron, they limited this car to just 30 and added a quad-turbocharged W16 engine, which produced a mind-altering 1 578mph.
This car is nicknamed ‘Thor’ due to the fact that it “brings the thunder”, it clocks a top speed of 304.7mph and as of Nov 2020, is the world’s fastest street-legal car, by a considerable margin.