Top 10 Fastest Cars in the World 2014

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By Saad Imran

Top 10 Fastest Cars in the World 2014

Are they just for controlled driving on a racetrack? How fast is too fast? These are just some of the questions that people ask when they see one of these intriguing, eye-popping pieces of road candy on the street.

These are also the inquiries that individuals who can afford these vehicles ask their supercar dealer before they write the check. This is because most of these speed machines costs hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars. This ultimately makes them playthings for only the world’s richest.

If an individual can afford it, they will certainly get what they have paid for with a state-of-the-art, sleek vehicle that can get them from point A to point B as quickly as possible. These are the top 10 fastest cars for the 2014 model year.

10. The Ascari A10

The Ascari A10

The majority of supercars that are manufactured today come only from the giants in the industry. It is no wonder that the competition to create the fastest breed of cars has become more interesting. British auto manufacturer Ascari produced the A10 to commemorate its 10th anniversary in the industry.

The A10 will let drivers enjoy the performance of a BMW V8 5.0 engine that is heavily modified. This engine has the capability to produce 625 horsepower that is delivered by a standard manual transmission and a six speed manual gearbox. The A10 has the capability to accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in less than three seconds.

It also has a top speed of about 220 miles per hour. Aside from that, the Ascari A10 has a torque of about 413 pounds per feet at 5500 rpm and has a maximum rpm of about 7500.

9. The Noble M600

The Noble M600 gained notoriety prior to its release due to the lengthy time it spent on the drawing boards before it was finally built. Even though it has awesome exterior and interior looks that would give other supercars a run for their money, it also excels in terms of performance.

It has a V8 4.4 liter engine and two optional superchargers under the hood. This engine setup gives the M600 three variants of machine strength that range from 450 hp to a maximum of 650 hp. With these variants, the Noble M600 can hit 60 miles per hour in only less than three seconds.

It also gives this supercar a maximum speed of 225 miles per hour. It has a maximum rpm of 6800 and a torque of 604 pounds per feet at 3800 rpm. However, one of the things that may deter an individual from purchasing this car is its lack of brand name recognition. Aside from that, it is not the fastest or most powerful supercar available.

On the other hand, the car’s 650 horsepower can make an individual tingle. It also has an affordable price of $324,680. This makes it a supercar that is perfect for an individual who is looking to own a vehicle that has a certain uniqueness and affordability.

8. Pagani Huayra

Supercars often belong in a class of their own. They command admiration and respect from every car enthusiast. One of the cars that deserves this respect is the Pagani Huayra. The Pagani Huayra is powered by a Twin TurboCharged V12 6.0 liter engine from Mercedes AMG.

The result is a maximum output of 720 horsepower at a very low 5800 rpm. This also gives the Huayra the ability to go from zero to 60 mph in only three seconds and reach a top speed of about 230 mph. At the same time, this burst of power is assisted by a seven-speed X-trac sequential transmission.

This transmission helps the engine maintain carbon emissions that are pollution-friendly. It also makes the Huarya 5 compliant with Euro 5 standards. The starting price for this speed devil is $1,273,500.

7. Zenvo ST1

The Danes are not well known for automotive engineering. However, the Zenvo helped changed some minds in the super car community. The ST1 is powered by a 7.0 liter V8 twin-charged engine that allows the car to reach a maximum speed of about 233 mph and go from zero to 60 miles in only 2.9 seconds.

However, it has a base price of $1,225,000. The main reason for this price is that the car was created in order to give drivers a unique blend of perfection and speed. This 100 percent Danish made supercar is limited to only 15 units.

6. Mclaren F1

The Mclaren F1 is more than just a typical fast car. This is a vehicle that has made a constant mark in automotive history. It is powered by a BMW-designed V12 6.0 liter engine that generates 627 horsepower and only weighs about 266 kilograms.

This engine was chosen because it is reliable and makes it easy for the driver to manipulate the vehicle. This enables the F1 to reach a maximum speed of 240 mph and go from zero to 60 mph in only 3.2 seconds. The only drawback that comes with this car is that it costs a lot more than some of the faster models out there. It has a base price of about $970,000.

5. Koenigsegg CCX

The Koenigsegg CCX is made by the Swedish auto manufacturer Koenigsegg. It has been tested to reach 265 mph even though it is not the manufacturer’s fastest car. The CCX is powered by a 806 horsepower V8 engine that is similar to the modular engines found in Ford models.

However, this engine was thoroughly modified to the point that many car enthusiasts consider it a brand new engine. This is because it features a stronger yet lighter aluminum engine block that is heat treated. It is also equipped with two superchargers that have capability to reach a maximum of 17.5 psi.

The outstanding performance numbers of the CCX cannot be denied. It can go from zero to 100 in only 3.2 seconds and from zero to 200 in only 9.8 seconds. This indicates that the car is a force to be reckoned with. Reaching numbers that only the fastest cars in the world can achieve makes this a creation that is manufactured to obtain extreme speed with a price tag of $545,568.

4. Saleen S7 Twin Turbo

The Saleen S7 is manufactured in the U.S. by Steve Saleen, a specialty car builder. It is certified to reach 248 mph and go from zero to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. This car is powered by twin turbochargers aside from the already formidable V8 7000cc engine that boosted the horsepower to 750 from a mere 550 in the previous model. However, a number of changes have made it one of the fastest vehicles in the world.

If people look closely, the car has modified front fenders as well as new spoilers and diffusers in order to improve aerodynamics. This ultimately results in a 60 percent increase in the car’s down force along with a 40 percent decrease in drag.

Aside from that, what makes this car unique among its competitors is that it has a mid-engine layout. The S7 has a price tag of $655,000.

3. SSC Ultimate Aero

Essentially a modified version of the SSC Aero, the Ultimate is powered by a V8 Twin Turbo engine. The displacement has been increased to a maximum of 6.3 liters while the supercharger boost was increased to 14 psi. The outcome was simply unbelievable. It gives the car more than 1100 Newton meters worth of torque and almost 1200 horsepower.

Subsequent modifications such as a new engine block and twin-turbos have allowed the Ultimate Aero’s output to increase even further. Other modifications also result in a 20 percent increase in engine airflow. All of these modifications give this car a maximum speed of 257 MPH, and it can go from zero to 60 in only 2.7 seconds. It also has a price of $654,400.

2. Hennessey Venom GT

The Hennessy Venom GT is produced by Hennessey Engineering Performance. The second fastest car on Earth is actually manufactured from a modified chassis of the Lotis Exige and is powered by a 6.2 liter V8 twin turbocharged engine from General Motors. This engine is also found in the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

The company said that it has been tested recently and can obtain a maximum speed of 260 mph. At the same time, the car itself can go from zero to 60 mph in only 2.5 seconds and from zero to 200 mph in 12.8 seconds. It also has about 1200 horsepower and a price tag of $1 million.

1. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

The fastest road-legal car in the world made its debut in 2010 at the Pebble Beach Concours. This unique offering from Bugatti went into full production towards the end of that year. The Veyron Super Sport obtains its power from a W16 Narrow Angle eight liter engine that gives it the capability to accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in 2.4 seconds.

This engine is helped by four bi-turbochargers that have a total displacement of 487.8 cubic inches. Each of the car’s cylinders has four valves to give the fastest vehicle on earth a total of 64 valves. This unique engine combination is the same as fusing a couple of V8 engines to make it a W instead of a V.

This generates a total of 1200 horsepower. That is nearly 200 HP more than last year’s model. It also gives it a top speed of 267 mph. Unfortunately, this speed also comes with a hefty price tag of $2,400,000.

Even though these cars were certified to have a maximum speed of 268 mph, the vehicles that will be shipped to owners will only obtain a speed of 258 mph. This is a measure that is designed to keep the car’s tires from shredding.

Emu, A Smarter Messaging App With A Built-In Assistant, Exits Beta

Emu, a new mobile messaging application exiting from beta today, is not just another text messaging alternative – it’s a full-fledged mobile assistant allowing you to schedule appointments, share your location, set reminders, get movie showtimes or buy tickets, reserve a table, and more, thanks to an artificial intelligence engine that understands the context of your messages in order to help you take action upon them.

Also notable is the team behind this app’s creation. Co-founder and CEO Gummi Hafsteinsson’s background in AI and mobile, has seen him working in senior roles at a number of high-profile tech companies, including Google where he worked on Google Maps for mobile and voice search before switching to a startup called Siri. Yes, that Siri. Following Apple’s acquisition, he helped to bring the assistant to the iPhone.

Meanwhile, co-founder and chief product officer Dave Feldman’s user experience, design and product management background has found him working at Yahoo, Microsoft, and AOL, where he – full disclosure – led the TechCrunch redesign back in 2011. (This was just before I joined, however, so we had never met.) He also later became an entrepreneur-in-residence at CrunchFund, the firm from TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington.

Hafsteinsson tells us that the inspiration for Emu came from his prior work on Siri. “I felt that you kind of had to engage Siri all the time, and I wanted to create an assistant that was more in the background and proactive,” he says, describing Emu as something of a “Google Now-like” concept, in that it looks at a lot of data, then chimes in when it knows it can help you.

schedule-restaurantBoth co-founders had been toying with this idea of a better mobile assistant before teaming up on Emu – Hafsteinsson with a smart notepad/task application, and Feldman with an email and calendaring plug-in. But while both of the ideas were interesting, they realized they wanted to do something bigger and that didn’t get relegated to the sidelines of people’s lives, Feldman explains.

“Communication lives at the very center of everything we do,” he says. ”We wanted to do something that’s right where the action is, and that’s how we got to messaging.”

How It Works

With Emu, the idea is to make messaging more efficient by saving you the step of having to copy and paste text while switching from one application to the next in order to perform basic tasks. For example, if you message a friend about a lunch date, Emu offers contextual information, including a snapshot of your calendar, the restaurant’s location, Yelp rating and OpenTable reservations, if available.

You can then tap on an orange calendar button to create the event on your iPhone’s calendar, or tap other buttons to call the restaurant or get directions in Maps.

movie-carouselEmu can also bring up a list of movies playing near your house, when you’re discussing movies, or a specific movie when that title is mentioned in a message. You can tap to get more information on the movie and showtimes, and soon, buy tickets.

The app will also automatically reply to incoming messages while you’re driving, so people will know why you’re not immediately available, and it lets you push anywhere in the message stream to dictate a response while on the go, instead of having you fumble to find the small microphone button on the iPhone’s keyboard. A handy “snooze” function on messages,is available too, which turns a message into a reminder you can activate based on when you arrive or leave a particular location. Initially, these are time-based notifications, but Emu will learn your “home” and “work” addresses in around a day or so, the company says.

With a variety of messaging pain points covered at launch, the team will now focus on bringing in that contextual information earlier in the messaging process, so it can do things like suggest restaurants or check your schedule during the compose experience, for example.

On Leaving Android & What’s Next

You may recall that Emu first arrived on mobile as an Android application last fall, before making the move to iPhone. Today, however, the Android app is gone. According to the co-founders, although on Android they had the ability to make their app the default messaging client, they found that building on top of SMS on Android was not the “slam dunk” they first believed.

“We were finding Android in general to be a slower platform to move on. There’s more time spent dealing with fragmentation bugs. There’s more time spent dealing with testing and debugging, and we would rather spend that time building new functionality,” says Feldman. Plus, SMS and MMS are aging protocols, and they ended up spending a lot of time “fighting fires in the plumbing” instead of “building cool stuff,” he adds.

snooze-popupEventually, they may return to the platform, but for now the focus is on developing the product further and growing a user base.
Of course, a messaging client, no matter how innovative, still faces a tough competitive landscape today amid a sea of mobile messaging apps, all clamoring for a spot on your iPhone’s homescreen. And at the end of the day, the app is only as useful as the number of friends who end up joining – otherwise, you’re left sending out begging invites to friends who still just want to text.  (It’s enough to actually make you hope Apple snaps up Emu and simply adds everything they built to iMessage instead.)

The five-person, Palo Alto-based company has $1.5 million in seed funding from Kleiner Perkins, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, TriplePoint Capital, Menlo Ventures, and others.

The iOS app, now exiting beta, is a free download here on iTunes.

 

Apple Said To Be Looking To Bring Display Chip Design Mostly In-House

Apple is looking to acquire a 55 percent stake in a joint venture between Sharp and Taiwanese company Powerchip formed to develop chips for use in smartphone displays, according to a new report by Japan’s Nikkei business newspaper. The stake Apple is after is currently owned by Renesas Electronics, and the division is called Renesas SP Drivers. It consists of around 240 Japan-based employees, and is the world’s number one producer of “drivers and controllers for small and midsize LCDs” according to Nikkei.

Apple would be looking to close its purchase of Renesas’ share by the end of summer, and in so doing it would take over a unit that’s responsible for around one-third of the worldwide supply of display chip components. The processors specifically help determine how good a display is in terms of resolution and color performance, and also go a long way to dictate the overall power efficiency of the phone or tablet using the display, since screens make up a huge hunk of battery usage overall.

The other partners in the unit include Sharp, which has 25 percent and is expected to also sell its stake to Apple if the deal goes through and Apple requests it do so as part of the bargain. Powerchip, on the other hand, owns 20 percent and handles manufacturing, and probably will maintain its stake. The final arrangement could look something like the deal Apple has with GT Advanced to produce its sapphire tech, albeit with a more sizeable ownership stake for Cupertino.

Apple is said to be looking to make this investment in order to protect and own its smartphone display component design tech. We’ve seen the company bring component design more in-house in the past, including the latest in the A-series of mobile processors, after previously depending primarily on third-party sources to provide the designs and the manufacturing. If this report is correct, display chips might be the next thing it brings in-house.

Ion Is A Wireless Smart Light That Reacts To Touch And Tunes

 

Make way for another smart light in the room. Ion, currently in production-ready prototype form seeking $20,000 from the Kickstarter community for its final push to market, is best described as a digital updating of the 1960s classic slice of kitsch called the lava lamp.

(It’s clearly no accident that Ion’s Michigan-based makers have named their company lava.)

Lava lamps are of course very long past their best. Those waxy innards aren’t quite as viscous as they used to be. And, well, let’s face it, they were always pretty dumb — reacting purely in an organic fashion to rising temperature, and lacking any user controls beyond the on/off switch.

Fast forward some half a century and Ion wants to update the lava lamp for our control-freakish times. This digital mood light is way more controllable and also reacts to its environment — thanks to Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, a bank of 40 tri-colour LEDs, a microphone, audio processing and capacitive touch sensors. The latter allows the current mood to be changed by tapping on the top of the lamp.

Plus there is the now pre-requisite app where users can select different colours to match their mood, much like Philips Hue‘s light recipes.

Except with Ion it’s not just colours on tap; users get to choose from various light displays — aka “moods”, which are basically different coloured flashes, pulses and spins (given aptly headachey names like ‘Pulse’, ‘Plasma’ and ‘Strobe’). The lamp will ship with 15 different moods out of the box — but lava says they plan to keep adding more as the Kickstarter campaign goes on, and after Ion ships.

The app also lets Ion owners set the brightness and speed of these displays, so you can dial down or up the headache-factor. Ion’s makers have built a website where you can remote-control their prototype to test the moods out yourself.

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The flagship feature of Ion is called ‘Rave’ mode — which does kind of hint at the demographic lava is targeting here. Rave mode utilizes the audio processing abilities of the lamp, meaning it listens to the music you’re playing and generates a real-time light show that’s in sync with your phat beats. In other words: party in your basement!

Low frequencies produce reds, mids produce greens, and highs produce blues. Every time a beat is detected (kick drum, bass, etc), you’ll see a bright pulse of light. Using the app, you can customize the emphasis of each color as you see fit.

Ion can also be have more subtle uses, though, such as notifications — albeit, it’s still taking the concept of hardware smartphone add-ons, like myLED or FLASHr, and sizing it up so that new Facebook missive or weather alert is rather harder to miss.

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Another use for the lamp is as a visual alarm clock — if waking up to a strobe is your kind of thing. There’s also an open API for developers to play around further. Lava says Ion can be controlled by a Raspberry Pi, as well as an Android or iOS device.

So how much is Ion going to cost? Its current Kickstarter entry point is $199, with an estimated delivery date of this August. The $20,000 in crowdfunds being sought by lava is needed to finalize Ion’s firmware, build the iOS and Android apps, and scale production, it says.

The founders sought to source and manufacture as much of the project locally as possible. The steel, design, electronics, finishing and final assembly were all done within Michigan. The plastic was shipped from California. You supply the mood.

 

‘WhatsApp For The Workplace’ App Cotap Adds Analytics, Security And Alerts As Its First Paid Services

Cotap, an enterprise messaging startup founded by ex-Yammer execs, launched last yearwith ambitions to be the “WhatsApp for the workplace” — a free app that was as ubiquitous as the popular messaging service bought by Facebook in February for $19 billion, used not just by “road warrior” white collar workers as an extension of their desktop but all employees to keep in touch. Today, Cotap is turning on new paid, premium services as the next chapter in the growth of its business: analytics, security features and a new mobile alert system.

While the basic app on iOS and Android, offering unlimited messaging, will continue to remain free, Cotap is adding two more tiers at $5 per user, per month and $10 per user, per month. These will give users the ability to add customer mobile alerts, and, at the higher tier, compliance, administration, and premier support for those users.

It’s the more expensive of these that will include the analytics and monitoring; user management to add and remove users; and data management.

Jim Patterson, Cotap’s co-founder and CEO, tells me that for now, while the ability to monitor and receive messages will be delivered downstream via the apps, to create messages or initiate any other actions, administrators or group managers will need to use Cotap’s web app. The idea, he says, is to keep the app streamlined and easy to use. There may be at some point in the future a separate administrator app developed, too.

The custom mobile alerts, meanwhile, is an interesting development in how Cotap is evolving. These are meant to replace SMS alerts and SMS messaging at work in general — which turns out to be one of the key ways that employees communicate with each other, both in person-to-person situations and also for group messaging.

He notes that one early adopter of the service — a large hotel chain — found this to be a convenient way to send secure messages with daily WiFi password updates to team members so that they can pass them on to guests. In the past these would have in the past been delivered by word of mouth or something equally cumbersome. “The first version of the messaging will be text only and later we will add rich media,” he says.

Going forward, Cotap’s future developments on the premium front are likely to include integrations with third parties to expand storage capabilities as well as integration with other software. For example you can imagine the unnamed hotel chain integrating its reservations system so that employees can access this to note when they’ve seen to a guest’s request.