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Who's Winning the World's Longest Drag Race?

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Picture a never ending runway... Now picture placing the fastest cars in the world on the runway the second they are produced, and letting it run for the rest of eternity. Who is winning the race? All it takes to find out is a bored college student with a rudimentary knowledge of spreadsheets and Wikipedia.

Disclaimer:

I didn't really want to spend the time to figure out the exact day and hour that the car left the factory, as the difference in position would be insignificant. Therefore, I only used the car's model year to do the equations. For anyone who cares, I'll list the equation I used and my source at the end of the article. The same rules as the ones on my source also apply to my list.

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Number Twenty: 2017 Koenigsegg Agera RS

Moving at a top speed of 277.87 MPH for 17,520 hours, the Agera RS traveled a total of 4,868,282.4 miles.

Weird... the fastest car in the world right now is in last place? That won't last long.

Number Nineteen: 1894 Benz Velo

Moving at a blistering 12 MPH, the Benz Velo has been traveling for 1,095,000 hours. So far, it has traveled 13,140,000 miles.

I don't know a lot about this car if I'm honest. It is the first petrol powered car, so I threw it into the mix.

Number Eighteen: Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport

The Veyron SS has been moving at 258 MPH for the past 78,840 hours. It has traveled 20,340,720 miles.

A lot of people don't like the Bugatti Veyron. I quite like it. I think it is ridiculous in the best possible way. I also dig the design. It is one of those cars that are an acquired taste.

Number Seventeen: SSC Ultimate Aero TT

The SSC Ultimate Aero TT tops out at 256.18 MPH. It was gone 26,929,641.6 miles in the past 105,120 hours.

It was really hard to find a decent resolution image of this car. This car just looks like it lives in 480p.

Number Sixteen: 2005 Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4

The Veyron has been moving at 253.81 MPH for 122,640 hours. It has traveled 31,127,258.4 miles.

Like I said, I like the Veyron. The early ones are the worst looking, but they are still pretty swank.

Number Fifteen: Burger Ki... 2004 Koenigsegg CCR

It has been 131,400 hours since 2004. The Koenigsegg CCR has been cruising 241.009 MPH. So far it has covered 31,668,582 miles.

Koenigsegg is my favorite car manufacturer. Also, bonus points to those who understand the little joke in this subhead.

Number Fourteen: 1975 Reliant Robin 850cc

The lightning fast Reliant is cooking at 85 MPH. It has moved for 385,440 hours and has covered 32,762,400 miles.

The only list in the world where a Reliant Robin is beating a Bugatti and a Koenigsegg.

Number Thirteen: 1993 McLaren F1

The F1 was untouchable for over 10 years. It topped out at 240.3 MPH without the rev limiter. So far in the past 227,760 hours, it has traveled 54,730,728 miles.

I love this car so much. Just look at it.

Number Twelve: 1986 Porsche 959

The 959 is just shy of a 200 MPH top speed, only clocking in at 198 MPH. It has been cruising for 289,080 hours, and has done 57,237,840 Miles.

Did you know the 959 had a gear for off-roading? For when you want to rally in your multi-million dollar car.

Number Eleven: 1982 Lamborghini Countach LP500S

It has been 324,120 hours since 1982. In that time, at a speed of 182 MPH, the Countach has traveled 58,989,840 miles.

I love cars from this era. They were so unapologetic and angular. It looks aerodynamic, but that was just a facade, and I love that.

Number Ten: 1987 RUF CTR

The CTR was very fast for it's time. It topped out at 213 MPH, and after 280,320 hours, it has done 59,708,160 miles.

If you are unfamiliar with RUF, you should check out the Up To Speed on them. It is a very interesting story.

Number Nine: 1983 RUF BTR

For the past 315,360 hours, the BTR has been going 190 MPH. It has traveled 59,918,400 miles.

I forgot how good this car looks. It is pretty spectacular to look at.

Number Eight: 1949 Jaguar XK120

The top speed is 124.6 MPH. It has been driving for 613,200 hours, and it has done 76,404,720 miles.

This car is both classy and villainous.

Number Seven: 1968 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

This Ferrari does 174 MPH. After 446,760 hours, it has done 77,736,240 miles.

It is about time the prancing horse appeared on this list.

Number Six: 1967 Lamborghini Miura P400

After 455,520 hours at 171 MPH, the Miura has gone 77,893,920 miles.

The Miura is a very, very pretty car.

Number Five: 1965 AC Cobra MK III 427

It has been 473,040 hours since 1965. The Cobra tops out at 165 MPH, and it has traveled a total of 78,051,600 miles.

This was my favorite car when I was a little kid. I still love it now, but it has been dethroned.

Number Four: 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400S

At a speed of 179.3 MPH for 438,000 hours, the P400S has gone 78,533,400 miles.

It is like the other Miura, but better.

Number Three: 1963 Iso Grifo GL 365

The Grifo had a top speed of 161 MPH. It has done 78,980,160 miles in 490,560 hours.

I'll be honest, prior to today I had never heard of this car.

Number Two: 1959 Aston Martin DB4 GT

With a top speed of 152 MPH and 525,600 hours to establish drive, the DB4 GT has gone 79,891,200 miles.

This car is breathtaking. There are no other words for it.

And the winner is...

Number One: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

The winner has arrived. After 560,640 hours at 150 MPH, the SL has gone 84,096,000 miles.

The Gullwing... with a pretty significant gap between first and second has taken the crown. I don't think any car deserves it more, I mean just look at it. If it weren't millions of dollars, maybe someday I'd be able to afford it. But it is millions of dollars.

Thanks for reading!

Were you surprised? I procrastinated quite a bit to make this article so I hope you enjoyed. Thank you for all of the support on my last review. It was pretty crazy to see 25K views in just a couple of days on my first article.

Sources and Such:

Images:

drivetribe.imgix.net/VvswX3lmQH-ILDufRH3Nag

ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/1200x675/p02bmsh9.jpg

www.koenigsegg.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/ccr-6.jpg

vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/topgear/images/b/b2/Jeremy_rolling_a_Reliant.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20110704103450

pictures.topspeed.com/IMG/jpg/201605/mclaren-is-selling-w-14.jpg

autoweek.com/sites/default/files/styles/gen-932-524/public/5788308973_b271334cb1_o.jpg

robbreportedit.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/1988-porsche-959_action.jpg?w=1000

cdn.bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/1983-Lamborghini-Countach-LP500S-Front.jpg

cdn.bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/1517272276521867Screen-Shot-2018-01-29-at-4.30.48-PM-940x597.png

ruf-automobile.de/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2017-RUF-CTR-4.jpg

i.pinimg.com/originals/73/3b/48/733b48c6f130e28cb129aee84f3c6c1d.jpg

www.topcarrating.com/ferrari/1968-ferrari-365-gtb-4-daytona.jpg

www.ultimatecarpage.com/images/car/238/Lamborghini-Miura-P400-3514.jpg

www.topcarrating.com/ac/1965-ac-cobra-427.jpg

www.conceptcarz.com/images/Lamborghini/69-Lamborghini-P400S_DV-10-MB_d03-800.jpg

pictures.topspeed.com/IMG/jpg/201512/1963-iso-grifo-28.jpg

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assets.hemmings.com/blog/wp-content/uploads//2017/01/1955_Mercedes-Benz_300_SL_Gullwing_0128.jpg

cdn.motor1.com/images/mgl/9xv3v/s1/koenigsegg-agera-rs-sets-new-record-for-fastest-production-car.jpg

www.conceptcarz.com/images/Benz/1894-Benz-Velo-DV-08_PBC-01.jpg

assets.bugatti.com/fileadmin/_processed_/sei/p63/se-image-1b8a7c167bd3c67312baf6b785410cab.jpg

Info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Production_car_speed_record

Equation: (2019- (model year))*365*24*(top speed)= Distance Traveled.

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