The very first car had a top speed of an impressive 10 miles per hour. Since 1886 however, things have changed slightly. Now, cars are faster than ever before. Here are the 10 fastest street legal cars to hit the road.
SSC Ultimate Aero TT
This car has butterfly doors, carbon fiber, and with 1,183 horsepower, it smokes the streets at a top speed of 257 miles per hour. It rockets up from 0-60 miles per hour in 2.78 seconds. Not only does it have the racing feel with a manual transmission, a roaring engine, and a lack of power steering, but it also has the basic comforts car buyers want, like a navigation system and LCD DVD screen.
Bugatti Veyron 16.4
Despite the heavy weight of 4,500 pounds, the Veyron goes from 0-60mph in 2.46 seconds, and tops out at 253mph. In addition to being one of the world’s fastest cars, it’s also one of the most expensive at $1.7 million. Not only can it accelerate off the line quickly, but it brakes from 60mph to zero in 2.3 seconds.
This Swedish machine was recorded in 2005 at 241 miles per hour on an Italian racetrack. The two-seater had 806 horsepower, and ran 0-60 in 3.2 seconds. It was a short lived rein as the fastest street car, as the Bugatti Veyron quickly took over that top spot.
For seven years, the McLaren F1 held the title as the fastest car in the world. At 240 miles per hour, the 1995 car became the first street-legal car to beat a prototype race car in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was a three-seater that pulled from zero to 60 in 3.2 seconds from a naturally aspirated engine. British car magazine Autocar said The F1 may possibly be the fastest production road car the world will ever see.
The early 90′s record of 217 miles per hour was held by Martin Brundle in the Jaguar. The car was even named after the targeted top speed of 220mph, which it unfortunately didn’t quite break. However, it did manage to go from zero to 60 in 3.8 seconds.
Bugatti EB110 SS
The SS version of the EB110 only existed in 31 cars. The V12 engine was covered by glass for viewing, and pushed the car to 214 miles per hour. In 1992, it was the fastest road car in the world.
In 1985, Lamborghini decided to make a car that could break 195 miles per hour. At a max speed of 202 miles per hour and hitting 60 miles per hour in 4.1 seconds, the Diablo became the fastest machine of the time in 1990.
Designed to align with Ferrari’s 40th anniversary, the F40 held the title of fastest car in the world for two years in 1987. The highly aerodynamic cars relied on shape rather than power to obtain speed, and cut weight by eliminating carpet, door handles, sound systems, and using plastic instead of glass for the windshield.
The 959 started its life as a rally car in 1986, and while this car wasn’t street legal in the United States until 1999, the top speed clocked out at 199mph. The all wheel drive aided this speed record, and the car could change the torque distribution between the rear and front wheels in various conditions.
Ferrari 288 GTO
272 cars were made under the 288 GTO name between 1984 and 1986. The 400 horsepower predecessor to the F40 got up to 60mph in less than five seconds and topped out at 189mph, which was the record at the time.
These speed demons have increased from 189 miles per hour to more than 250 miles per hour in just a few decades. The technology utilized in all of these cars was cutting edge for the time, and still remains impressive today!