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 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.