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These are the fastest road cars since 1950

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Having the fastest car in the world is one of the best bragging rights any manufacture can have. A lot of manufacture's have tried to have the fastest car in the world but few have managed to make a car which can beat the previous record holder.

Now manufactures are trying to get to 300mph with the latest and greatest with their hypercars. But today, we look at the fastest cars from each decade, starting from the 1950s.

1950s | Aston Martin DB4 GT | 153mph

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That's right, the fastest car from the 1950s was an Aston Martin, not the Mercedes 300SL like many people think. The Aston Martin DB4 GT hit a top speed of 153mph in 1959, which only beat the Mercedes by just 1mph.

The DB4 GT is a truly beautiful car and will go down in history as one of the most beautiful cars ever built, and one of the fastest from it's era.

1960s | Lamborghini Miura P400S | 179.3mph

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It wasn't long before the Italian's had a go at producing the world's fastest car. In 1969, Lamborghini introduced the Miura P400S which was a faster version of the Miura P400. The Miura was one of the first supercars to have a mid-engine design. This helped for weight distribution and overall styling.

The original Miura a 3.9 litre V12 producing an impressive 350bhpm but in the P400S, the power was upped to 370bhp.

1970s | Lamborhgini Countach LP400 | 179mph

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Lamboghini held onto the title of having the fastest production car (only just), with their new flagship supercar, the Countach LP400. It shared the same top speed as its predecessor though. The Countach LP400 came out in 1974 and wow'd the crowds at the Turin Motor Show.

1980s | Ferrari F40 | 202.6mph

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The Ferrari F40 was the first production car to hit 200mph. It hit 202.6mph, making it the fastest road car ever built when it launched in 1987. It beat its main rival, the Porsche 959 which only managed to do 197mph. These numbers are still impressive today as some top end supercars can only reach 210mph, unless you want to spend much more money.

1990s | McLaren F1 | 240.3mph

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For the first time since 1959, the British took the title of having the world's fastest car with the iconic McLaren F1. This three seat hypercar was powered by a BMW sourced V12 which was good for 618bhp.

Even modern hypercars struggle to beat the F1's top speed. Look at the £1 million LaFerrari; that can only hit 217mph with a 950bhp V12.

2000s | Shelby SSC Ultimate Aero TT | 256.18mph

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Many people think that the Bugatti Veyron was the fastest car from the 2000s but they are wrong. The Shelby SSC Ultimate Aero TT is offically the fastest car from the 2000s with its Guinness World Record verified top speed of 256.18mph, beating the Veyron by 3mph.

The Ultimate Aero TT is also rarer than a Veyron with less than 20 examples known to be built.

2010s | Koenigsegg Agera RS | 277.87mph

Just last year, the speed record was broken again, this time by Koenigsegg with an Agera RS. It recorded an average speed of 277.87mph which was set when it performed a two way average run. On one of the runs, it hit an incredible 284.55mph. The Agera RS used for the record attempt had the optional 1MW engine. This meant it had 1341bhp, whereas the normal version of the engine only has 1160bhp.

This beat the Bugatti Veyron SS by 20mph and the unofficial record set by the Hennessey Venom GT which hit 270.49mph.

So who'll beat Koenigsegg?

As Koenigsegg hold the current record, a number of rivals are planning to beat them and even hit 300mph. Koenigsegg themselves have plans for an even faster car, which no doubt will be insanely fast. Bugatti are also thinking of taking back the record with a faster version of the Chiron. Hennessey are also building the Venom F5 which has an estimated top speed of 301mph.

The real question is how long the tires will last. Bugatti already said when they set their record with the Veyron SS, that the tires can only last so long before blowing up and cause an accident.

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Who do you think will be the first to hit 300mph? Let us know in the comments below.

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