Speed is everything for some people. Being able to accelerate quicker or being able to out-race everyone around you is something that quite a lot of men and women find powerful and certainly look for when they are buying a car. Unrealistically, it’s not likely that the cars featured on this list will ever be purchased by anyone reading this article. However, for the speed junkies out there, we’ve got a great list of the history of the fastest cars ever built. These cars are based on the mph speed they achieved and it works in chronological order as each car broke each other’s record. So what is the fastest production car you can buy right now?
1984 Ferrari 288 GTO – 188mph
The Ferrari 288 GTO was based on the original Ferrari 250 GTO which originally held the world record beforehand. However with a new body, some lighter materials and a more aerodynamic shape, the 288 GTO stole the crown from its predecessor clocking in an 188mp speed record.
1986 Porsche 959 – 195mph
The Porsche 959 was one of the most high-tech cars in the world at the time featuring magnesium wheels, air pressure sensors, automatic ride height adjustment, Nomex floorboards and more. Bill Gates originally bought one and loved it. The Porsche 959 broke the speed record two years later with a speed of 195mph.
1987 Ferrari F40 – 202.687mph
The first car in the world to ever break the 200mph speed limit was the 1987 Ferrari F40, just a year after the Porsche recorded its own record. The F40 sacrificed almost everything including door handles and any radio or anything to break the record, but it still stands as a brilliant achievement.
1991 Bugatti EB110 GT – 209mph
The first time that Bugatti broke the world record was way back in 1991 when their Bugatti EB110 GT smashed the record by over 6 mph with a speed of 209mph. The EB110 featured an enormous 3.5 litre 60-valve QUAD-turbo V12 engine which powered all four wheels with a six-speed gearbox. It was truly a powerhouse of a car!
1992 Jaguar XJ220 – 213mph
A fairly surprising name on this list is the Jaguar XJ220. Back in 1992, Jaguar decided they wanted to break a record. Despite the fact that the Jaguar handled horrible, had awfully poor breaks and didn’t even go as fast as Jaguar promised, the Jaguar XJ220 broke the speed record in 1992 by hitting 213mph.
1993 McLaren F1 – 240.1mph
Now here’s a car that absolutely stunned the world. The McLaren F1 was so far ahead of its time, not only did it go on to hold the record of 240.1mph for 12 years, it looked like a car that would be visually trendy from a car today. The McLaren F1 is a legend and is a car that despite now being 22 years old holds the 4th fastest speed record ever.
2005 Bugatti Veyron – 253mph
As aforementioned, it took another 12 years before the McLaren F1’s speed record was broken but broken it was! Bugatti came back with the Veyron a car that seemed to defy the laws of physics. The car had 1,001hp, accelerated from 0-62mph in 2.5 seconds and had a record top speed of 253mph. Wow.
2007 Shelby Supercars Ultimate Aero – 256.18mph
Out of nowhere came a brand and a car called the Shelby (no relation to the Cobra famed maker) Supercars Ultimate Aero. The car broke the Bugatti’s world record a couple of years later by 3 mph which isn’t a huge number but when it comes to a record that was already staggering, it’s still very impressive to beat the Bugatti at all.
2010 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport – 267.857mph
Bugatti weren’t happy with having their record broken though and so created the last hurrah for the Bugatti world and absolutely smashed the Aero’s record of 256mph by over 11mph with a speed of 267mph. The original Veyron had 1,001hp, this one had 1200hp… That resulted in the extra power it could induce into the wheels.
2014 Hennesey Venom GT – 270.49mph
Now, this last one doesn’t 100% count on the list as there weren’t really enough made to be considered a production car and the speed was recorded only going one direction and not both directions like the rules state. However, this is still the first car in the world to reach 270mph which is still astonishing. Apparently the new Koenigsegg can go 280mph… but we’re still yet to see any records set.