Guinness Book of World Records has an official certification for cars that attempt to claim the title of the world fastest cars.
It also sets the rules for deciding which car is faster than the other. The most important rule is that only street-legal production cars qualify. These are cars that are designed so that anyone can buy and legally drive them anywhere.
If two or more cars tie, then the one with the fastest 0 to 96.6 kilometers per hour acceleration time takes the honor.
Let’s have a look at the top 5 world’s fastest cars.
Hennessey Venom GT:
This car knocks 435 kilometers per hour. It is so fast; it needed to borrow real estate from NASA. The space shuttle landing strip was used for setting its 435 kilometers per hour run.
According to the John Hennessey, the founder of the company that manufactured the car, NASA only allowed one run, making it ineligible for Guinness record.
Bugatti Veyron Supper Sport:
Bugatti broke the world record in 2005 but the run was not certified by Guinness. When it finally made a Guinness-sanctioned attempt in 2010, it achieved a speed of 431 kilometers per hour.
But still did not make it to the Guinness Book of Record because it was found to have violated the “no modification” rule since its speed limiter had been removed.
Later, the Guinness Book of World Records decided that the removed speed limiter did not change its mechanical abilities and Bugatti was awarded the “world’s fastest” designation.
Koenigsegg Agera R:
Koenigsegg Agera R boasts a top speed of 439.4 kilometers per hour according to the manufacturer. But the best it has managed is 418.4 kilometers per hour.
It has a 5-liter, twin-turbo V-8 which yields a little power but its light weight makes up for this.
Koenigsegg Agera R beat Bugatti Veyron Super Sport in 2011 but not in the fastest car category rather it was in the acceleration and deceleration. Koenigsegg Agera R accelerated from 0 to 300 per hour then braked back to 0 in just 21.19 seconds. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport did this in 25.3 seconds.
SSC Ultimate Aero:
SSC Ultimate Aero held the record for a while. It comes from Washington-based SSC North America.
This car avoids electronic driving aids such as anti-lock brakes and traction control, and instead concentrates on speed.
Its Guinness-sanctioned run was in October 2007 where it knocked 413.6 kilometers per hour and hence displaced Bugatti Veyron Super Sport from the top spot.
And its 2.7-second 0 to 96.6 kilometers per hour sprint gives it the edge over 9ff GT9-R which they tie with in terms of speed.
This is from German Porsche tuner 9ff. The company didn’t make a big deal about chasing any official records.
GT9-R reconfigured Porsche 911, powered by a 4-liter, six-cylinder engine that pushes its horse power to 1120.
It is one of the first street-legal race cars to cross the 400-kilometer-per-hour threshold, and it was demonstrated that it could go faster than 399.7 kilometers per hour.
9ff filed for bankruptcy in late 2013, so it’s unlikely they’ll be manufacturing any more cars.