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Top 10 Fastest Production Cars
#1 (for now!) Barabus TKR 270 mph:
*60 mph in 1.67 seconds
*6.0 liter V8 twin-turbocharged with dual intercoolers.
*full carbon fibre body and chassis
Barabus Sportscars Limited has eventually presented a (working?) prototype of its long-awaited Barabus TKR super-tourer to the public. And what a stunner she is! The car not only outdoes the Bugatti Veyron in terms of available power (TKR's 6.0-liter V8 engine equipped with two turbochargers and dual intercoolers produces a maximum of 1005 hp, which is four horsepower more than is capable to give that VW on steroids), it seems to be the fastest street-legal car ever.
The upcoming Barabus TKR accelerates from zero to 62 mph in just 1.67 seconds and achieves a maximum speed of 270 mph -- that's almost 20 mph more than the Veyron does if the weather is good.
Barabus Sportscars plans to sell around 300-400 TKRs over the three-year period. The car is on sale now for a mere £360,000 and first vehicles will reach their respective owners in a four-month time.
Note: As of print time we have not seen any proof of The Barabus TKR reaching it's estimated top speeds. She may yet drop out of the top spot.
SSC Ultimate Aero TT 256.15 mph going for the world speed record!
#2 SSC Ultimate Aero TT 256.15 mph:
Or #1 if the Barabus TKR does not show us some proof soon!
The SSC Aero is an American-built mid-engine sports car by Shelby Super Cars. Its higher-performance limited production version, the SSC Ultimate Aero TT, is currently the fastest production car in the world, with a fastest recorded speed of 413 km/h (257 mph). This speed was reportedly achieved during tests on September 13, 2007 in West Richland, Washington, United States and verified by Guinness World Records on October 9, 2007. The Aero and the Shelby Super Cars company are the brainchildren of Jerod Shelby, who spent over seven years designing the car. The basic Aero model is no longer produced, while, as of 2008, the Ultimate Aero costs about 500,000 dollars.
SSC announced they had broken the speed record for the world's fastest production car with 256.15 mph (412.23 km/h) in West Richland, WA on September 13, 2007. The reported record speed came from an average of two runs in opposite directions, in accordance with Guinness Book of World Records rules. The first run clocked 257.41 mph (414.26 km/h) and the return trip 254.88 mph (410.19 km/h), with the average beating the Bugatti Veyron's top speed of 253 mph (407.16 km/h). The results of this test, verified by Guinness World Records on October 9, 2007, gave the SSC Ultimate Aero the title of world's fastest production car.
(from Hennessey) The fastest and most powerful limited-edition street car in the world. Only 24 will be built.
Power: 1000 hp @ 5000 rpm 1100 lb-ft torque @ 3800 rpm
Performance: 0-60 mph: 2.9 sec. 0-100 mph: 5.8 sec. 0-150 mph: 10.9 sec.
0-200 mph: 19.6 sec. Top Speed: 256 mph
Includes: Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe or Convertible, Venom 1000 Twin Turbo Engine Upgrade, 522 CID Stroker Motor with 9.0:1 Compression, Twin Garrett Ball Bearing Turbos,
Front Mounted Air-to-Air Intercooler, VenomAero Body Upgrade (Front Airdam, Rear Diffuser & Spoiler), KW Lowered Suspension 2-Way Adjustable Stainless Steel Coil Over Shocks,
Brembo Upgraded Brake System, Adjustable Traction Control System, Quaiffe Extreme-Duty Differential Upgrade, Hennessey Venom 7R Forged Aluminum Wheels - 19x10 front, 20x13 rear,
Michelin Pilot Sport 2 Tires: 275/30YR-19 front, 335/30YR-20 rear, Limited Edition Connolly Leather Interior with Custom Embroidery, 5-Point Racing Harnesses,
Hennessey Custom Floor Mats, DVD Navigation System, 2 Year / 24,000 Mile Warranty, 1-Day Private Track Instruction with Brian Smith (1st Place Driver: 2005 ROAD & TRACK Standing Mile Shootout, 2004 CAR AND DRIVER Supercar Shootout)
Bugati Veyron vs Eurofighter Video
#4 Bugatti Veyron 253 mph:
* A W-16 engine that can produce 1,001 horsepower * A top speed of 250+ mph (400+ kph) * A zero-to-60 time of three seconds
* A zero-to-180 time of 14 seconds * A price tag somewhere in the $1.2 million range.
Bugatti plans to officially unveil its long awaited Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport roadster at the upcoming Pebble Beach Concourse d'Elegance next Saturday on August 16th, 2008. Although named a roadster, the car is actually an open-top targa version of the famous grand tourer.
Normally sporting less rigid bodies, roadsters sometime sacrifice safety and performance for fun. Bugatti says that its new car, which is featuring some "innovative structural solutions", will provide an adequate compensation for a lack of structural integrity of the original model's design. Bugatti hopes that the 16.4 Grand Sport will be the fastest open-top in the world.
It seems that the vehicles' future owners will have to manually remove the roofs and leave them in garages since there is definitely not enough space to keep the roof onboard.
Volkswagen will start building Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport roadsters in spring 2009. The vehicle's price is still unknown.
#5 Dauer 962 Le Mans 250 mph:
The Dauer 962 Le Mans is a sports car based on the Porsche 962 racing car. Built by German Jochen Dauer's Dauer Racing, a racing version of this car went on to win the 1994 24 Hours of Le Mans with the support of Porsche through the use of regulation loopholes.
For a powerplant, the 962 Le Mans would use nearly the same engine as the original 962: Porsche's water-cooled Type-935 2994 cc Flat-6 with two Kühnle, Kopp und Kausch AG turbochargers. Since the road car did not have to meet racing regulations, the air restrictor was removed allowing for an output of approximately 730 hp (544 kW). A 5-speed racing gearbox was also retained.
The first production car debuted at the 1993 Frankfurt Auto Show. While orders for the cars were taken, Dauer worked with Porsche to develop the two racing cars for the following years' 24 Hours of Le Mans. After Dauer's victory, attention returned to the road cars where at least twelve more were built over the years.
#6 Koenigsegg CCX 245 mph:
The Koenigsegg CCX is a mid-engined roadster from Swedish car manufacturer Koenigsegg. The CCX has been engineered to comply with the US regulation and market demands and is an evolutionary design that replaced the Koenigsegg CCR.
CCX is an abbreviation for Competition Coupe X; the X commemorating the 10th anniversary, (being the Roman numeral for ten), of the completion and test drive of the first CC vehicle in 1996.
The CCX was first unveiled on February 28, 2006 at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show although its existence was announced earlier. The CCX is also available as the CCXR, the difference being that CCXR's engine is tuned to run on biofuel. The different fuel and tune allows the CCXR to produce 25% more power than the CCX.
#7 McLaren F1 LM 231 mph:
The McLaren F1 was formerly the fastest street legal production car in the world, holding this record from 1994 to 2005, the longest period the record has been held by any street legal or production car in the history of automobiles. It was engineered and produced by McLaren Automotive, a subsidiary of the British McLaren Group that, among others, owns the McLaren Mercedes Formula One team. Today, it is still the fastest naturally aspirated car in the world.
The car features a 6.1-litre 60° BMW S70 V12 engine and it was conceived as an exercise in creating what its designers hoped would be considered the ultimate road car. Only 107 cars were manufactured, 64 of those were street versions (F1), 5 were LMs, 3 were longtail roadcars (GT), 5 prototypes (XP), 28 racecars (GTR), and 1 LM prototype (XP LM). Production began in 1992 and ended in 1998.
The McLaren F1 was at the time the fastest production car ever built, eclipsing the Jaguar XJ220. A standard version of the McLaren achieved a top speed of 371 km/h (231 mph) in 1994, holding this record for more than 10 years until it was finally eclipsed in 2005 by the Koenigsegg CCR.
#8 Enzo Ferrari 230.95 mph:
The Enzo Ferrari is a 12-cylinder mid-engine berlinetta named after the company's founder, Enzo Ferrari. It is currently the most powerful naturally aspirated production car in the world. It was built in 2003 using Formula One technology, such as a carbon-fibre body, F1-style sequential shift transmission, and carbon-ceramic brake discs. Also used are technologies not allowed in F1 such as active aerodynamics. After a downforce of 775 kg (1709 lb) is reached at 300 km/h (186 mph) the rear wing is actuated by computer to maintain that downforce.
The Enzo's V12 engine is the first of a new generation for Ferrari. It is based on the architecture of the V8 found in sister-company Maserati's Quattroporte, using the same basic architecture and 104 mm (4.1 in) bore spacing. This design will replace the former architectures seen in V12 and V8 engines used in most other contemporary Ferraris. The 2005 F430 is the second Ferrari to get a version of this new powerplant. In 2004, Sports Car International named the Enzo Ferrari number three on their list of Top Sports Cars of the 2000s.
#9 Bristol Fighter T 225 mph:
In 2006, Bristol announced the Fighter T, a turbocharged version of the Fighter with a modified V10 engine producing 1,012 bhp (755 kW) and 1,036 lb·ft (1,405 N·m) of torque at 4500 rpm. The Fighter T will also benefit from a drag coefficient of Cd 0.27 (improved from Cd 0.28 on the standard model). Bristol claim that the car is capable of more than 270 mph (430 km/h); however it will be electronically limited to a "more than adequate" 225 mph (362 km/h). When the Fighter T went into production, it was more powerful than Bugatti Veyron, which has advertised 1,001 bhp (746 kW), but still less powerful than the 2007 Shelby Super Cars (SSC) Ultimate Aero TT. The first production cars were delivered in September 2007.
#10 Gumpert Apollo 224 mph:
The Gumpert Apollo is the first vehicle produced by Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur GmbH in Germany. It currently holds the fastest time around the Top Gear test track at 1:17.1 beating the Ascari A10, Pagani Zonda and Koenigsegg CCX.
The Apollo is a 1,100 kg (2,400 lb), street-legal race car. It is a mid engined, rear wheel drive two seater constructed on a tubular Chromoly frame, with fiberglass or optional carbon fiber body panels. An Audi 4.2 L (260 cu in) V8 engine is joined to a six-speed sequential gearbox with Formula 1 influences. It produces 650 bhp (480 kW) and 627 lb·ft (850 N·m). Estimated top speed is 224 mph (360 km/h) with 0-60 mph (97 km/h) reached in 3.0 seconds. A new 800 bhp (600 kW) version is also being created.