What is the fastest car in the world?

A definitive answer...

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For the past century, mankind has advanced from a 3bhp cart to hybrid supercars capable of over 300mph. Driving the ambition has always been our need to push the limits, and nowadays we travel at speeds our ancestors didn't even dream of.

Throughout history, there have been some high watermarks... the 288GTO, the Countach, the E-Type, the Supra; cars that have exceeded the competition by so much they were undeniably the fastest. And yet today, as the electric age dawns, there is no real clarity. What one petrolhead may call the fastest car in the world may not be what another would think. So today, I attempt to answer the question... What is the fastest car in the world?

Acceleration

The Dodge Demon appeared on the car scene in 2018, and a combination of 840bhp and a design optimised for the drag strip gave it a 0-60 time of 2.3 seconds. At that time, it was faster than anything anyone had seen, but now the lines have blurred. The Tesla Model S Performance and the McLaren 720S both do 0-60 in around 2.3 seconds as well now, and the new McLaren 765LT overtakes the Demon for this prize.

The other issue is that there are a lot of startup 'electic hypercar companies', that all seem to claim they have cars that do 0-60 in under 2 seconds. Until Aspark, Rimac, Tesla or Nio bring a car that can do that to production, they don't have a claim to this. However, if we look beyond the boundaries of 0-60, the Lamborghini Hurucan Performante starts to come into its own. It has rabid acceleration all the way up past 200mph, and it recently set a Nurburgring record, beating the previous holder - the 918.

Winners: McLaren 765LT, Tesla Model S, Dodge Demon, Lambroghini Hurucan Perf.

Top Speed

The Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ (to give it its full name), shattered all records when it crossed the 300mph barrier. Bugatti's CEO, Stephen Winkelmann, has previously told the press that the Chiron could not go that fast, so it was a surprise when we woke up to find out a massive milestone had been crossed. After all, the 100mph barrier was crossed in 1905, and the 200mph barrier was broken in 1987.

Rivals like Hennessey and Koenigsegg are claiming they are now aiming for 500kph (310mph), but critics are doubtful the Venom F5 could ever reach those speeds with it's basic engine and lack of innovation. The Jesko, however, is definitely capable. The McLaren Speedtail may only be able to do 250mph, but it's so unbelievably easy and safe at those speeds that ordinary people, not test drivers, have been allowed to do so.

Winners: Bugatti Chiron SS300+, Koenigsegg Jesko, McLaren Speedtail

Track

There are a few contenders here, the McLaren Senna is obviously the first. A car that can consistently set lap records round any track, people may not like the looks but they weren't a priority. The Aston Martin Vulcan holds the lap record around the Grand Tour test track, and is a fearsome weapon. The Lamborghini Hurucan Performante is seriously fast as well, as is the Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

Winners... McLaren Senna, Aston Martin Vulcan, Lambo Hurucan Perf, Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

After much deliberation, I whittled down each category to one car. The fastest accelerating car has to be the McLaren 765LT. The highest top speed has to go to the Bugatti, until Koenigsegg proves their car can do it. The Aston Martin Vulcan has to have the award of the fastest track car, as it tops the GT leaderboard.

My conclusion is that the McLaren 765LT is the fastest car in the world, but I'm going to let you guys choose the final result! Vote in the poll below!

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Comments (49)

  • Fastest and quickest are two different things to me. It may not be technically correct, but the way I've always seen it is that the 'fastest' is the one that reaches the highest possible speed. And the 'quickest' is the one that accelerates to a given speed (typically 0-60mph), the quickest. Does that not seem to be the logical way of thinking? Its a shame these words couldn't have more definitive meanings when it comes to the car industry, but that way makes the most sense in my head - courtesy of my genius.

      2 months ago
  • I thought a rental car was the fastest 🤪

      2 months ago
  • The fastest car in the world is the one you're stuck behind.

      2 months ago
  • The Senna beat the Vulcan on the GT track

      2 months ago
  • With a mention in each category, is it easier just to say that “McLaren make the fastest/quickest cars”? 😂

      2 months ago
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