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Monday, July 6, 2015

5 of the Fastest Cars on the Planet


For a long time, everyone considered the early 1960’s to early 1970’s as the best period for cars. You had muscle cars oozing with flair and style, sportscars like Ferrari and Lamborghini absolutely killing it at the racetrack, and countless other automotive high points that made everyone think of this time as the golden age of the car.
That however, is no longer true. By today’s standards, those cars from that “golden age” would be considered slow, and quite boring. Sure, they we loud and did great burnouts, but they couldn’t hold a candle to what we have access to today. You can now buy passenger cars that have over 500 horsepower, and those aren’t even considered fast. Now, the list below–these cars are considered fast. Actually, these are some of the fastest cars in the world, and you could theoretically own every single one of them.

Hennessey Venom GT


For a long time, John Hennessey’s shop was known for creating terrifyingly fast Vipers and Corvettes. He would slap on two turbo’s, mess with the internals of the motor, then hit blazing speeds on very long runways. That all changed with the company’s first in-house creation, the Venom GT. It is powered by a twin-turbocharged 7.0L LSX motor that pumps out a staggering 1,200 horsepower. And last year, the Venom GT was crowned the fastest production car on the planet by going 270.49mph on a NASA runway.
However, the production run of the car is over, but fret not, Hennessey is currently working on something called the Venom F5 which will be the successor to the GT. According to rumors, Hennessey is looking to get the motor to over 1,400 horsepower and have a top speed of 290mph.

Koenigsegg One:1

If there’s one company that surely uses some form of black magic to build its cars, it is the folks over at Koenigsegg. When the company first started about ten years ago, no one paid too much attention to them. They just figured that Koenigsegg would be another Ferrari competitor wannabe that would go away in a few years. They didn’t, and subsequently have turned the entire supercar world on its head.

The One:1 is the first hypercar of its kind. The One:1 moniker stands for the power to weight ratio of the car which is a 1:1 ratio. That means it’s 1,340 horsepower engine matches its 1,340kg weight. It’s brilliantly fast, has active aerodynamics, and was set to potentially obliterate the lap record at the infamous Nurburgring until the owners of the track shut it down.

McLaren P1


Whether you’re heading to the South of France, or lapping Circuit of the Americas, no other company is better at getting the most out of a car than McLaren. And no other car they make is as ridiculously bonkers as the P1.

Using a combination of a twin-turbocharged 3.8L V8 in conjunction with a hybrid battery system, the McLaren P1 develops 906 horsepower, sent to just the rear wheels. It uses a carbon fiber monocoque that makes the car unbelievably rigid, and active aero to push the car into the ground for more downforce. It’s a technical marvel just to look at, and brain meltingly fast to drive. If cars were athletes, this one would be juicing to do the hundred-meter dash in under 2 seconds flat.

Ariel Atom V8


The original Ariel Atom had a perfectly adequate 300 horsepower. Weighed the same as a shoe, and tore your face off when you mashed the throttle. But for the folks at Ariel, they wanted to up their game. That’s why they built the Atom V8.

Using two superbike motors essentially welded together to make a V8, the Ariel Atom V8 developed 500 horsepower. It still used the same lightweight frame, except this one was hooked up to a dual clutch paddle shifted transmission to make the shifting just that more ferocious. It’s a terrifying machine, but one that we think you all would probably have a go if given the chance.

Devel Sixteen (Allegedly)

Before we get into the technical details of this “hypercar,” I’m just going to come out and say it: this car is never actually going to happen. You may see a few video’s of it running around Dubai, or being shown off at an auto show, but the Devel Sixteen is one of the biggest cases of vaporware ever. But in theory, it would be the fastest street legal car on the planet.

Using a mid-mounted V16 engine, the Devel Sixteen supposedly has 5,000 horsepower, can hit 60 in just 1.8 seconds, and has a top speed of 348 mph. Again, if it were real. The concept car was originally shown off at the Dubai Motor Show in 2013, and since then, we haven’t heard a peep from the people that were set to build it. But who knows, maybe it will be real one day. It will also be the day that pigs fly, and dogs and cats get along. So never.