A car is much more than a number, yet non-enthusiasts and enthusiasts alike cannot resist the urge to brag or judge based on specifications. It’s understandable — not everyone has the opportunity to get behind the wheel to evaluate steering feel, braking, and other subjective measures. Numbers are just cleaner.
Some brands seem to have a monopoly on speed, while others have only contributed one hit wonders. However they got here, these automakers did something very right
HENNESSEY VENOM F5 – 301 MPH (CLAIMED)
With all of the research and development funds available to a mainstream automaker, one would assume the world’s fastest car would come from a world-recognizable brand. Instead, Hennessey Performance Engineering owns the top spot of this list with its all-new Venom F5. The successor to the record-setting Venom GT, the F5 has a theoretical and claimed top speed of 301 mph, besting the next fastest car by a solid margin.
The Venom F5 utilizes a carbon fiber chassis and is powered by a 7.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 good for 1,600 horsepower. While Hennessey has yet to legitimize its claims, the F5 will reportedly dash from 0 to 249 mph and back to 0 in less than 30 seconds. That’s about how long it takes a mild sports car just to get from 0 to 100 mph.
SSC TUATARA – 300+ MPH (CLAIMED)
It’s been seven years since we heard from SSC, when the American specialty vehicle manufacturer announced a successor to its Ultimate Aero hypercar. At the time, SSC claimed the upcoming Tuatara would hit 265 mph, but when the company revealed its production-intent model at this year’s Concours d’Elegance, the figure in question had risen to 300 mph.10 Rich People Who Live an Average Life
Derived from a Nelson Racing Engines’ twin-turbocharged V-8, the Tuatara’s 5.9-liter flat-plane crank engine is capable of 1,750 horsepower when it runs E85 fuel. Power is routed to the rear wheels via a seven-speed automated manual gearbox. This much power combined with the car’s aero-optimized body should get SSC into the history books. The only question remaining is whether Hennessey or Koenigsegg will hit the 300 mph milestone first.